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Artist Statement

I am an artist who specializes in colorful folk art paintings. My artistic style is outsider brut. It is primitive in style, raw emotionally, and mature in nature.  Everyday I need to process new bits of information. In this sense my artwork is a mutation of myself as I'm adapting to my surroundings.

My artistic impulses are involved in a dialogue with the customs of the past and the stories of the present. I love to tie new stories and old folk tales into my work. I also love to play on words either formal or slang. I love painting animals, celebrities, made up fantasy creatures, and spirited women. Often, the made up creatures are half human and half animal. The spirited women are usually fashionable, full of emotion, and full of moxie.

I strive to produce an end product that has both strength and beauty. I believe the human mind is a lot like my artwork; filled with hard facts but also softened with abstract thoughts and emotions. The overlap between these two components is an interesting manifestation of mind and spirit.

Artist Resume/ Past Shows

Mercedes Research Center Art Display

4/2019 to 4/2020

13400 Outer Drive Detroit Michigan

"Kaleidoscope of Expression" 

10/12 to 10/27/2019

Pontiac Creative Arts Center

"Wild" Group Exhibit

 Curated by Scott Hocking May 24 to July 6 2019

 Scarab Club 217 Farnsworth St, Detroit, MI 48202

Cafe 1923

​ 2287 Holbrook Ave, Hamtramck, MI 

"Springtime in Detroit. The Visual Puns and Silhouettes of Andy Ross and Gwen Joy Art Show"  

April 19 to May 26th 2019

Spread Art

5141 Rosa Parks Detroit MI 48208

"Erotocrat Seminar of 2019"

one night performance and art showing on April 13th 2019 7pm to Midnight

Minha's Coffee Haus

58 Cherry Street 

Mount Clemons, Michigan 48043

February 23rd to March 21st 2019. 

MOD Detroit
Urbanrest Brewing Company
2615 Wolcott St, Ferndale, MI 48220
October 13th 2018 5pm to 9pm

Oloman Cafe  
10215 Joseph Campau Ave, Hamtramck, MI 48212
The Female Bob Dylans of Detroit. The Art Show
Art opening is Sept 22 2018 6pm to 9pm
with Live music, comedy and poetry
​The Show runs until October 12th 2018.​

Office Space Gallery  2870 East Grand Blvd Detroit Michigan 48202
Opening September 30 2017 

Art Loft-  August 2017
Group Show - Mount Clemons MI

Fourteen East Cafe- June 2017
Solo Show - Detroit MI

333 Midland Gallery- February 2017
Group Show- Highland Park MI

Lawrence Street Gallery- Birds of a Feather -May 2016 Group Show - Ferndale MI

YMCA Boll Family - October 2015
Solo Show- Detroit MI

Detroit Artist Market -Holiday Art Show- November  to December 2013

Cafe Ollie- August 2013
Two Person Show- Ypsilanti MI

MICA Holiday Art Show- December 2012
Group Show- Lansing MI

Grey Area- December 2012
Manhattan New York City New York

Green Zone Pizza - December 5 2011 to March 2012 

Two person show - Grosse Pointe , Michigan

Whitdel Art Gallery- Detroit -Love Letters; A Typographic Affair- November 11 to December 30 2011

The Majestic Cafe - June 16 to August 16 2011
Detroit, MI - Color and Fun art show

Madonna University Gallery - January 10 to February 20 2011
Livonia, MI - Creature Art Show

Grosse Pointe Art Center- November to end of December 2010
Grosse Pointe, MI - Holiday Gift Gallery

New Center Park - Lighten Up and Dance - August 21
Detroit, MI - Night of Fashion, Music, and Art

Cass Cafe - July 17 - September 18 - Detroit and Issues- Detroit, MI

Gallery Project - June 18 - July 15 - Animal Farm theme art show - Ann Arbor, MI

Cafe 1923 - June 1 - July 1 - Women, Animals and Things - Hamtramick, MI

Cranbrook Art Institute - March 13 2010 - Bloomfield Hills, MI
One Day Bat Themed  Event and Art Show

The Ronald McDonald House December Art Show - Dec 1 2009- Jan 2 2010
3911 Beaubien Street - Detroit, MI

Pechu Kucha - November 24 2009
One Night Event of Art, Fashion, and Design - Detroit Film Theatre - Detroit, MI

The Furniture Factory - August 6 2009 - August 22 2009 - Detroit, MI - Group Show

Cityfest Art Gallery - July 1 - July 5 2009
Detroit, MI - I curated and exhibited in a Group Show called "Detroit Id"

Majestic Cafe - April 2 2009 - May 2009
Detroit, MI - two person show with Jason Smith

Christine's Cuisine - February 2009- March 2009 - Ferndale, MI - Solo Exhibit

Izzy's Raw Art Gallery 
January 31 2009- March 2009; Detroit, MI - "Intrepretation of Winter "- Group show

River's Edge Gallery - December 2008- February 2008

Wyandotte, MI - Noire Et Blanc, Group Show

The Woodward Lofts - October 2008
Detroit, MI - Solo exhibition in the main floor's windows

The Majestic Cafe- October 2008
Detroit, MI - Group show

Cityfest Gallery - Gwen's Urban Playhouse - July 2008
Detroit, MI -Curator and artist in group show

Art House - July 2008
Ann Arbor, MI - I painted a life sized mural for a feature film starring Iggy Pop

Red Marble, Blue Marble - May 2008
Detroit, MI - I painted an over life sized mural for a sci-fi feature film

The Black Diamond Box Gallery - April 2008
Chicago, IL -Solo art showing

Anton Art Center - October 2007
Mt. Clemons, MI - Halloween Group Show

The CityFest Gallery - July 2007
Detroit, MI - City celebrated festival curated art show

Zeitgeist Gallery - March 2007
Detroit, MI - Group showing of folk artists

The Motor City Brewery - February 2007

The Tangent Gallery - February 2007
Detroit, MI - Erotic group art show

Christine’s Cuisine - December 2006
Ferndale, MI -Solo exhibit of holiday themed work

Centaur Bar - August 2006
Detroit, MI - Solo art showing

The Bankle Building - August 2006
Detroit MI - Solo show

Izzy’s Raw Art Gallery - December 2004
Detroit, MI -Group Show of women artists

Pure Design Lab - Sept. 2004-Sept 2007
Detroit, MI - Store that showcased independent Detroit designers.

Ford World Headquarters - August 2003
Dearborn, MI - Solo exhibition

Tastefest Gallery - August 2004
Detroit, MI - Group show associated with Detroit’s renowned music and food fair

The Padded Cell - August 2003
Royal Oak, MI - Solo exhibition

Detroit International Institute Cafe - July 2003
Detroit, MI - Solo exhibition

Museum of New Art - February 2003
Detroit, MI - Part of The Dirty Show group exhibit

Detroit Contemporary Gallery - Sept. 2000
Detroit, MI - Group Exhibition

David Broderick Building - November 1998
Detroit, MI - Group exhibi

Ongoing Shows

MOCAD giftshop  Detroit Michigan  

​They sell my necklaces and joytoys  

The Truth Art Gallery  Toledo Ohio

​Group show ​ 

Pontiac Creative Arts Center Gift Shop

47 East Williams Pontiac Michigan

The LuckenBooth

3650 Michigan Avenue Detroit 

The Anton Art Center Gift Shop

125 Macomb Plaza Mount Clemons Michigan

The Art of Custom Framing

3863 Rochester Troy Michigan

Current Exhibitions

01/9/2020 to 02/06/2020

Postcards for Patricia

4pm - 7pm

Art of Custom Framing 3863 Rochester Road Troy Michigan

Event Details

01/9/2020 to 02/06/2020

Postcards for Patricia

The opening is Thursday January 9th from 4 to 7pm and it is a benefit for ALS and for renowned artist Patricia Riascos who shows at this gal...

Event Details

4pm - 7pm

Art of Custom Framing 3863 Rochester Road Troy Michigan


Art and Craft Beer Fest

noon - 10pm

The Cadillac Room inside Riverview Church 1115 South Washington Lansing MI 48910

Event Details


Art and Craft Beer Fest

There are food vendors, art vendors and music and film and of course beer at this one day event. The event is from noon to 10pm on 2/1/2020....

Event Details

noon - 10pm

The Cadillac Room inside Riverview Church 1115 South Washington Lansing MI 48910

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