The latest paintings I have been featuring on my site and social media are products of the collaboration between myself and my wife, Dana Brennnen. She is excellent at helping my models find the right pose that suits their body type and flatters their strengths. Much of the challenge is to find the right moment that captures confidence and inner beauty on camera. Dana and I understand that we all struggle with our own insecurities about our bodies. However, we see beauty in all shapes and sizes. We also realized that people are less inhibited when they opt to have their picture painted artistically. They feel less inhibited and more willing to explore what makes them truly beautiful. Using our talents, Dana and I are campaigning “Self Love.” We want people to realize they are amazingly beautiful in their own unique way. Never-mind trying to fit into the cookie cutter image of the fitness industry standard. Be who you are meant to be and capitalize on it.
Kortney Olson has given me the honor to feature her in my art gallery. I’ve been following Kortney on social media for a while and I took note of her unique characteristics. She is known for her incredible strong legs and thighs, which she uses to crush water melons and pumpkins. Her feats of strength are exceptional, earning her a spotlight on Stan Lee’s TV series, “Superhumans”. More important than her athletic prowess, Kortney uses her platform (Kamp Konfidence) to teach girls the importance of self love. This is why I chose to feature her in my art. We believe that beauty comes in all shapes and sizes. As a personal trainer, teaching self love is one of my goals. We are all unique and powerful in our own way.
Bundo is a special dog that I was given the honor of painting. He recently died and will be missed by the people of Costa Rica. Every once in a while we have a chance to love a soul that has a tremendous impact in our lives. Bundo is a dog that had a special soul, one that is legendary… He will be missed and will always be in our hearts.
I have always found passion in the aesthetics of the human body. Not simply from a personal trainer or athletic perspective, but from an artist’s perspective. There is something fulfilling and compelling about an art project that spans a life time. To me, fitness is an art. The human body is a living canvas. This painting is of one of my trainees, Laura Johnson. I worked with her for more than two years. She’s always been well built, but training her helped to add the finishing touches you see in this painting.
Painted with Ipad Pro 12.9, Procreate, and Apple Pencil.