Original painting for "And The Beat Goes On" and for the prequel "Play It Again"
I did a couple of original paintings as cover ideas for two of my novels. The first one of a saxophone is symbolic of the theme in the novel "Play It Again" - sometimes the fragments of life can come together in an unexpected and beautiful way. I think I was inspired by the Cubist school (Picasso, Braque etc.) and their trteatment of objects from more than one perspective. Although this is not a true Cubist painting, it does speak to the fragmentation that one might experience during life's ups and downs, and of course, the saxophone is symbolic of beauty, life and experience in the novel itself.
The second painting "The Beat" goes swith my published novel "And The Beat Goes On". I purposely split the painting into two halves to reflect the dupilicity of the book - ancient vs. modern day / truth vs. what people want to hear/ good vs. evil etc. The figure started out as the main character, but developed into more of a symbol for the 'ancient man' also central to the book. Of course, I also like the juxtaposition of the Pterodactyl and the city scape. I purposely tried to use a similar colour scheme in the two paintings since they are connected through the characters.