Author: Drew

This painting was done in 1996 in my garage in San Clemente.

It was inspired by the over-and-under water  paintings in Wyland Galleries.

My paintings always get named after they are finished.

When I was putting the last bit of color on this one, my girlfriend at the time, Maria, looked at it and said, “Let’s call it WHY-LAND“.

Before I came to California, I lived on the North Shore of Oahu painting surfboards

I was flat broke and it was hard living there because not many people were friendly to me.  It can be lonely on the North Shore.

I spent a lot time waiting for the bus after painting surfboards all day at Barnfield’s.  The bus stop was right in front of Wyland Galleries, so I would wander in to in to check out all of the cool art.  Wyland himself was there every so often and he was always very nice to me even though I was always covered in paint and mud.  I’ve never forgotten that.

A few years later I moved to San Clemente.  After my art exploded onto Lost surfboards with Matt Biolis, he asked if I could to do some tee shirt designs for them that would match the surfboard art. Matt is very good at seeing potential in people and he must have seen it in me. I started painting on canvas with the paint pens for the first time.

This painting represents the inspiration from my days visiting Wyland Galleries and the confidence that my friend Matt had in me.  It was painted with the same markers that I used on the surfboards, a technique that I still use today.

Now, I see Wyland every once and a while and we talk about art and Business.  I think it was this painting that put me on his radar. I have no idea if he remembers me as that kid in his Gallery,  or if he realizes that his simple kindness and beautiful art inspired a kid to get to where he was going.

This painting is one of the few I’ve kept for myself and it hangs in my son’s bedroom.

Life is Good – Drew

Posted on my Facebook Page:

Whats up Drew.  Also an East coaster here.  Here’s my most recent work in progress.

I was Inspired by your Van paintings and decided to just go for it on my own.  I’ll be finishing her up come springtime.

Your work forever changed the way I look at mine, and thats what it’s all about …

You give the gift of inspiration to thousands of people, so keep it up and keep it real my man.”   Greg Mills

Thanks, Greg, for sending the photo in.  Killer painting!

I was so excited when I had the opportunity to paint vans for Escape Camper Vans.  It was such a release to be able to paint anything I wanted on these blank canvases that would be rolling around all over America.

It’s been my plan all along (more…)

SURF EXPO JAN 6-8, 2011 ORLANDO, FLORIDA

Surf Expo has been a big part of my art career for the past twenty years.

Every January the greatest show in Surf brings together surf companies and surf shops, girls in bikinis, stand up paddleboarders and professional surfers – everybody who is anybody in surf will be there.

I first went to Surf Expo as a kid, sneaking my way in with stolen passes to get a glimpse of all the cool stuff behind those big convention center doors. (more…)

I go to a mall one time a year; right before Christmas to buy gifts.  But this year, I went to 20 different malls between October and December.

Ugg Australia sent me on a 20-city tour to customize Ugg boots in Nordstrom stores.  I’ve been to Seattle, San Francisco, Sacramento, Los Angeles, San Diego and even Las Vegas.

MY MISSION: To make people happy by painting art on their boots.

Here’s what I learned about humanity through it all:

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The great hat maker Flat Fitty challenged me to stump them on making a killer hat.  They gave me complete freedom to design it any way I wanted.  So I went crazy with the detail and colors.

Designing a cool hat took more than just putting good art on it.  It was the added details, large and small, that made it awesome.

When I first met with Elizabeth Miller, who is in charge of Flat Fitty promotions, she challenged me to create a hat that would show off what they can do as a manufacturer.  I was up for the task!

THE ART:  For the front of the hat I chose to use my painting SUNRISE.  I wanted it to pop when you look at it from different angles, and Sunrise has browns, blues, greens, many colors.

I had to manipulate the art so that it would work with the fold in the center of the hat.  This required modifying it so when you folded two pieces together, the art still looked good.  This took a lot of thought and time playing with the concept in the computer.

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