For most of his early years and well into his twenties, Cody's work was about detail. Both his subject matter (portraiture) and his medium (graphite) seemed intrinsically detail-oriented to him. It wasn't until he began to draw plein-air landscapes with charcoal that he was forced to loosen up a bit. During the years it took him to stop outlining things, adjust to the new medium, and let the shapes interact with each other, the intent remained the same – replicate.
While in his mid-twenties, he began working on #CodysPastels, and as a result of the new medium, took on the approach of an Impressionist. Then in his late twenties, when he began to play with paint, he ventured further to explore both Abstract Expressionism and Minimalism (possibly to cope with the new challenges that yet another new medium presented.)
Cody is also inspired by the concept of the unconventional canvas, which so far has resulted in his painting on things from sneakers, to clothing/apparel, to keys, to pennies! He brings a fun, playful approach to these everyday mediums, and in a brief period, his #PennyPopArt has transformed into a fully developed body of work made up of hundreds of pieces in the Miniaturist genre. This collection has
brought Cody attention from some of his favorite pop icons, as well as acknowledgment from the art world.
Cody has found avenues to continue to explore all of the aforementioned genres of art. He paints Abstract Expressionist sneakers, Impressionist plein-air pastel drawings (for which he has just been accepted to be a member of the Pastel Society of America), and both Minimalist and detail-oriented paintings on pennies.
One constant for Cody has been his attention to pop culture, which has been a consistent source of artistic inspiration. Beginning with his first ‘Heroes and Icons’ exhibition; to his first professional series of charcoal portraits, #CodysFamousFacesCollection, (all hand-delivered to over 50 of their
respective subjects including Jamie Foxx, Nick Cannon, Kevin Hart, Snoop Dogg, Drake, Rihanna, and Kendrick Lamar among others); to his current use of sneakers as canvas, and the subject matter of his #PennyPopArt.
Cody is currently an LA-based artist, exhibiting his work all over southern California.