I was particularly taken by two of his paintings that feature the same model. Click the pictures to see full-scale images on my Flickr account. See the details in the hands, jewelery and tattoos. Really incredible:
Here is a link to Sean's stark blog, which is simply a place where he posts a 20 or so of his painting, without any commentary. Besides the two I display above, I'm also impressed by Snake Charmer (check out the detail in the background), Front Door (I love how it evokes the feeling of jail, and Bone Amie (warning: NSFW).
An excerpt from his e-mail in response to my question about the first painting, Black Lamb:
That painting sold before the show went up. In fact, all the paintings I've done of that person sold that way. I had a waiting list at the gallery I was represented by just for paintings of her. She's a good friend of mine and I'm actually going to do some more paintings of her soon. That painting was just done as part of a small bunch of works in which I decided to paint the same girls I always paint, but with jackets on. I was becoming the punk chick/tattooed lady/half dressed painter and wanted to rebel against it. I wanted to see how my collectors would react. They still bought everything. I liked the painting when it was done... still do. The collector lives in LA so I can see it if I miss it. I painted it from photo reference, as I do with most all of my work. I still paint from life for practice and as a teacher for demonstrations.
Here's a Youtube clip of Sean painting a portrait - 10 hours sped up into 10 minutes. Pretty cool.
And, here is the web site of the model in the two pictures, Chantal Menard. She is an artist, photographer, jeweler, poet and provider of body modification (think extreme piercings).