Stay strong out there amigos.  Pierce through the stormy clouds.  Keep it high frequency.  Love, then love some more.

…..Being stuff gets you good, Good stuff gets you being and wheelin’ and dealin’ and squealin’!!!!!
Shit lives forever! Cuz shit lives forever!!!!!!”  So sayeth Faith No More on their memorable track, Cuckoo for Caca.

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Orcas Island

August 22, 2014 — Leave a comment

                                       A few weeks ago I was here, and I finished these…

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Zane The Bringer of Gonzo (Necromancer 5)| 2014 |12" x 12" || Mixed media on wood |Prints available here: http://society6.com/jakekeeler/zane-the-bringer-of-gonzo-necromancer-5#1=45

Zane The Bringer of Gonzo (Necromancer 5)| 2014 |12″ x 12″ || Mixed media on wood |Prints available here: http://society6.com/jakekeeler/zane-the-bringer-of-gonzo-necromancer-5#1=45

I finally finished this piece, and I’m very happy with it. Here’s my punch list of why this piece matters to me:

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The Phantom from Flood Tide Co.

The Phantom from Flood Tide Co.

Super pumped to share this – “The Phantom” will be available for purchase on August 15th from Flood Tide Co.

A while back, fellow fly-fisherman and rad-artist Paul Puckett (check out his work) asked me if I’d be down to contribute some art to Flood Tide’s fall line of clothing.  Of course I jumped at the chance, as I dig what Flood Tide is doing and knew that dealing with them would be a breeze.  Paul was thinking Permit, and I was happy to oblige.

I don’t work with everyone, and I’m becoming more and more opposed to doing commissions unless I know the folks and support what they’re doing, or it’s a very unique and appealing project to me personally; I don’t have time to burn, and I don’t make a living off of my art.  I make my work for myself, and for the few people/companies/groups that “get it”.

With that said, I’m honored to have my art gracing one of Flood Tide’s offerings. I’ll put my art on that, I’ll add my name to what their doing, I support what they have going on; I believe in it.

Cheers to rad people doing rad shit – get some on the 15th!

Tight lines and horns high amigos.

Lineage & Legacy

July 25, 2014 — Leave a comment
Tamara Andersen - The Hunt | 1997 | Mixed media on paper

Tamara Andersen – The Hunt | 1997 | Mixed media on paper

This piece is entitled “The Hunt”, from 1997, by my aunt Tamera Andersen. This particular piece, and the body of work it belongs to that she created, is one of the most significant influences on the work I do today.  She had a show back in the late 90’s of this work..totally floored me.  It was at that just-right-time when I was figuring who I was as an artist.  It crystallized a lot for me.

She recently gifted myself, and my brother, our choice of one the works from this body of work.  I chose this one.  As my brother and I carefully pulled back amazing work after amazing work, along my mother (Tamera’s sister) in my mom’s studio this past weekend, it struck me like lighting. I knew this was the one I wanted.  My brother chose an equally deep, emotional charged and expertly rendered work.

Tamera has been an artist her entire life, as has my mother, and their other sister Penny.  My grandfather, their father, was an artist as well; painting just like the rest of us, and working as a commercial artist and illustrator in St. Paul at Brown & Bigelow.  My brother and I carry on that endeavor, and it’s something I hope my son finds in his life.

So, throwing back this Thursday, I’m giving a nod to my family, my lineage and something that had an indelible impact on what I do today.

Cheers to good art and it’s important place in our lives.

Horns High and Tight Lines amigos.

4th of July has passed…the Age of Bronze has begun once again.