A Closer Look: Glide

Glide Original Painting by Miles Davis of Massive Burn Studios

Over the next week and a half, we will be taking a closer look at a few of the featured paintings in our solo exhibit  Vital Chroma. We hope that you will plan to make it to the event, as we will be showcasing over 70 original paintings in one night. For more information on Vital Chroma, click here.

The first painting we’ll be featuring in this series is Glide.


Glide I have been told numerous times by viewers and collectors that I paint many skulls in my work. This is true, and I’ve been asked if I enjoy painting “dark” things. The short answer is “Yes. I do enjoy painting dark themes. I feel it is personally therapeutic.” However, additionally, I do not always look at skulls as being dark. This odd piece resulted directly from that notion and was an attempt to paint the skull and a spirit in a brighter context than just “death.” This idea drives the overall feel of the painting. The cloak or ribbon is meant to encompass a spirit and is rendered in bright colors in homage to the coat of many colors in the biblical story about Joseph. The spectrum of colors is also meant to represent the different lenses through which death can be perceived. The bright day and green rolling hills hold purpose to further lighten the load of “death,” and the 3 wind turbines are indicative of the winds of change. Maybe this piece is more about the death of a chapter in life or the end of a phase in life, leading to brighter days despite the bittersweet emotions dealt in something having to die for something else to flourish. Such is the balance of life, I suppose.

This painting will be on display at our solo exhibit Vital Chroma, Saturday, April 27th from 7pm to 11pm. More details about Vital Chroma can be found here.

For more details or to purchase Glide, click here to visit this painting in our gallery.

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