This belt buckle is the 2nd in my “Morality Series,” titled Morality Belt Buckle: Greed. A hand-painted miniature, Dead Man’s Chest (sculpted by Kevin Williams) is affixed to a lathe-turned Thurmanite disk surrounded by a spun aluminum ring.  Microhardware and tube set synthetic stones connect everything to the brass back plate, imprinted with Lorem Ipsum text.

​This piece is part of a recent series of artworks where I have been incorporating meticulously hand-painted miniatures with my metalwork to help tell the story of the piece. My newest body of work, the “Morality Series,” is based on the Seven Deadly Sins and the Seven Heavenly Virtues. It features the most narrative approach I have taken in my work in many years.  Previously, my work has more subtly addressed themes of societal responsibility, especially related to environmental impact and capitalism as an essentially exploitive system.  The events of 2020 pushed me to be more direct and explicit with my content. 

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