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Current Paintings: 2015-2016
SEEKING QUESTIONS TO LIFE'S BIG ANSWERS

When I painted landscape imagery and the constructed environment years ago, I liked to talk about formal concerns: painting as map or diary or arena linking visual and verbal, conceptual and material, fact and fiction, abstraction and representation; not to mention a blend of styles and a viewer building bridges between disparate ideas. While all this remains true, with the paintings today I would say that, given how many images we are all bombarded with every day via the media, I am simply interested in making memorable ones.

The figure has taken center stage these days, and my goal with the guys who dominate the images and constitute my muse is to populate an art world where the female image, nude or otherwise, is about as normal as a burger and fries, while the male image continues to be considered, by some, suspect. I try to present them as everyman, reaching beyond the fleeting surface idealization associated with youth and hopefully going far in terms of metaphor, poking around such timeless ideas as: truth, beauty, faith, time, the infinite, what we learn and what we know. It may seem questionable indeed these days to even concern myself with such unanswerables, but in an era when political and spiritual leaders assert that they in fact have the answers for us all, I think that art has the capacity to imagine otherwise, to offer some transcendent spark to bridge the gap between intent and form, between idea and the evidence of our lives. Muse indeed.
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Note: At times my focus is on paper works in series, for instance the MUSE/MUSEUM watercolors and TATTOO DETOUR drawings from Honolulu. Therefore, select images from these series have been incorporated onto this page along with the "usual" canvases. More images from these series can be found on their dedicated pages.  


 

WE PAUSE FOR AUTOBIOGRAPHY

 

 

EL MUNDO NUEVO


DO THE MATH

SHIP OF COOLS

 

 

SUMMER READING
(study)

COWBOYS ROPING A LIEUTENANT

 



WATERMARK



TOWARDS DUSK IN THE RINCONS

   

MILE SWIM
 

 

NO ONE SHALL PLAY
ON WET FIELDS


 

AS IF IT WERE PLANNED

 

FRONTISPIECE
(CARVE YOUR INTITIALS...)

 

 

THE NOTION OF THE ARTIST

 

DEPTH


 

EVERY LEAF ON THE TREE

 

 

THE FARMHAND, OR,
GRANT WOOD'S RE-ENTRY
INTO IOWA, TRIUMPHANT

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TWO LIGHTS
CAPE ELIZABETH
(study)

STANDING OVATION


SUBTITLE

 


 

OUR TOWN
(THE OLD COLONIAL)

 

HURRY HOME

 

 

LINGER

 

 

SLIPCASE 

 

 

THIS WONDERFUL WORLD AWAITS

 

 

 

PLEASE INFORM SENDER

 

 

 

WE LAUNCH OUR SHIPS

EARLY SUNDAY MORNING (CATCH)

 

A E I O U

 

 

HOLD

 

 

MINE

 

NEW YEAR'S DAY
(KINDRED SPIRITS)
(THANK YOU)

 

 

WE HAVE ALL
WAXED AND WANED

FACE IT, MADAM DIRECTOR

 

DIPLOMA

 

ALWAYS

KNOCK ON WOULD

 

 

ITCH

  

EPIPHANY

 

   

HIGH ROAD

  

SCENIC ROUTE

 

 

YOUR FULL PAGE


 

THE GREAT AMERICAN NOVEL

 

 

BACK ROAD

 

 

 

MARINE STUDY

 

CROWN

 


  

COMPANION PIECE

 

 


THE WAY HOME


HARBOR

 


  

RECOUNT

 

ZEITGEIST

 

 

THIS IS HOW WE BREATHE

 

FLAGSHIP

 

THE MAINE EVENT

  

THIS TIME AROUND

 

BLUE PRINT

   

ARMADA 

 

 

ARTIST'S CHOICE

 

 

THAT BOOK, LATE AT NIGHT


 

 

THE HAPPY ENDING

 

 

FRONT ROW

 

  

FOUNTAIN

 

CAGE FIGHTER

 

 

CHERRY BOMB

 

THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING

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WHEN YOU LEAST EXPECT IT

  

RESERVOIR

 

AUTOGRAPH

 

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BIG DIPPER

 

PEARL

 

 

THE AUDITION

 

 

THIS IS AMERICA



MARK YOUR CALENDAR

OPEN FOR CONVENIENCES


THIS IS HOW IT STARTS

 

CROSSING THE EQUATOR

 

 

NEST
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DUST JACKET

 

ESTIMATE

GIFT BOX

A TRAILER SOMEWHERE

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