First draft concept design for Brokeback Mountain, The Opera (Charles Wourinen, composer / Annie Proulx, librettist), 2017
       
     
 First draft concept design for Brokeback Mountain, The Opera (Charles Wourinen, composer / Annie Proulx, librettist), 2017
       
     
Lariat Painting No. 1 (or Also Makes a Nice Tablecloth), 2016
       
     
 Storyboard for Verdi's "Macbeth" adaptation, "The Scottish Opera", 2016
       
     
 First draft set design for Verdi's "Macbeth" adaptation, "The Scottish Opera", 2016
       
     
 Set design for Verdi's "Macbeth" adaptation, "The Scottish Opera", 2016
       
     
 Concept design for Verdi's "Macbeth" adaptation, "The Scottish Opera", 2016
       
     
   Gay Rodeo By-Laws  , 2010, Sketch for Fractal Video. Collection of Iliana and Mark Seife.
       
     
 "GRBL (Nuts in Your Mouth)", circa 2008. Collection of The Ilardi-Lowy Family.
       
     
 "GRBL (Two Ladies)", circa 2008. Collection of Throckmorton Fine Art.
       
     
 "GRBL (Coke's still $20 an ounce in my neighborhood.)", circa 2008. Collection of The Ilardi-Lowy Family.
       
     
 Production sketch for "GRBL", 2011.
       
     
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 Set design for "The Scottish Opera", 2016.
       
     
 Set design for "The Scottish Opera", 2016.
       
     
 Act I storyboard for Tobias Picker's opera "Emmeline", 2013.
       
     
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 First draft concept design for Brokeback Mountain, The Opera (Charles Wourinen, composer / Annie Proulx, librettist), 2017
       
     

First draft concept design for Brokeback Mountain, The Opera (Charles Wourinen, composer / Annie Proulx, librettist), 2017

 First draft concept design for Brokeback Mountain, The Opera (Charles Wourinen, composer / Annie Proulx, librettist), 2017
       
     

First draft concept design for Brokeback Mountain, The Opera (Charles Wourinen, composer / Annie Proulx, librettist), 2017

Lariat Painting No. 1 (or Also Makes a Nice Tablecloth), 2016
       
     
Lariat Painting No. 1 (or Also Makes a Nice Tablecloth), 2016

Lariat Painting No. 1 (or Also Makes a Nice Tablecloth), 2016, water-based paint, drop cloth, horse dung.

"You have to invent your own tools and your own procedures." - Richard Serra

A native Texan, I spent a lot of my childhood entertaining myself on my grandparents' modest five acres where their quarter horses roamed and I inherited their fondness for western style. I did not study painting formally, but I used to say I'd like to be a painter if I wasn't making performances.

For the longest time I had an urge to use a lariat as a paintbrush, then finally the opportunity arose to test my idea at a farm in Australia. "Lariat Painting No. 1" is pure experimentation and my initiation into another form for me to 'wrangle', but what is the purpose?

What is a bow and arrow to a Zen archer? Shin-zen-bi (truth, goodness, beauty). It is a work of energy, healing....The marks are like thoughts; sometimes heavy, sharp, light, abstract, etc. "Thoughts are just thinking." It's about letting them go. Thoughts pass, but a work of art is present. It's about being in the present and letting the past go. It's about training the mind to perceive all phenomena.

 Storyboard for Verdi's "Macbeth" adaptation, "The Scottish Opera", 2016
       
     

Storyboard for Verdi's "Macbeth" adaptation, "The Scottish Opera", 2016

 First draft set design for Verdi's "Macbeth" adaptation, "The Scottish Opera", 2016
       
     

First draft set design for Verdi's "Macbeth" adaptation, "The Scottish Opera", 2016

 Set design for Verdi's "Macbeth" adaptation, "The Scottish Opera", 2016
       
     

Set design for Verdi's "Macbeth" adaptation, "The Scottish Opera", 2016

 Concept design for Verdi's "Macbeth" adaptation, "The Scottish Opera", 2016
       
     

Concept design for Verdi's "Macbeth" adaptation, "The Scottish Opera", 2016

   Gay Rodeo By-Laws  , 2010, Sketch for Fractal Video. Collection of Iliana and Mark Seife.
       
     

Gay Rodeo By-Laws, 2010, Sketch for Fractal Video. Collection of Iliana and Mark Seife.

 "GRBL (Nuts in Your Mouth)", circa 2008. Collection of The Ilardi-Lowy Family.
       
     

"GRBL (Nuts in Your Mouth)", circa 2008. Collection of The Ilardi-Lowy Family.

 "GRBL (Two Ladies)", circa 2008. Collection of Throckmorton Fine Art.
       
     

"GRBL (Two Ladies)", circa 2008. Collection of Throckmorton Fine Art.

 "GRBL (Coke's still $20 an ounce in my neighborhood.)", circa 2008. Collection of The Ilardi-Lowy Family.
       
     

"GRBL (Coke's still $20 an ounce in my neighborhood.)", circa 2008. Collection of The Ilardi-Lowy Family.

 Production sketch for "GRBL", 2011.
       
     

Production sketch for "GRBL", 2011.

LukeLLeonard_Richard_Serra.jpg
       
     
 Set design for "The Scottish Opera", 2016.
       
     

Set design for "The Scottish Opera", 2016.

 Set design for "The Scottish Opera", 2016.
       
     

Set design for "The Scottish Opera", 2016.

 Act I storyboard for Tobias Picker's opera "Emmeline", 2013.
       
     

Act I storyboard for Tobias Picker's opera "Emmeline", 2013.

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IMG_4136.JPG