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Current Paintings: 2011-2014
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, BACK TO BACK OF THE YARDS collages, 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.  Also, some works from 2010 and earlier appear at the end of this page to give something of a broader overview.



LOOK OUT

MORE

X Y Z

TO THE DRAWING ROOM PAGE

 


CALL

 

 


LE PETIT PALAIS

From the series
MUSE / MUSEUM

 

TIP

 


TO THE COLLAGE SERIES
BACK TO BACK OF THE YARDS:
X

  

THE MODEL SON (2)

 

STANDARD

  

LOOM

 

TO THE MUSE MUSEUM SERIES

X



TANK

 

GUIDE

  

THE WRITING ON THE WALL
 


YOUR TURN


 

SPELL


PAWN

START HERE

 

LINCOLN'S BIRTHDAY

DEER DIARY

   

LEAP YEAR

CHAPBOOK

 

TRUE

  

NOON

 

DUKS SKUD DUSK DUST


 

I WANT TO LIVE... HERE !


 

GOOD JOB


 

HOMEBOY



  

SAINT, AT SIN...

 

WONDERFUL


 

LEST LAST LUST LOST LIST


 

ANNUNCIATION

 

THE COCONUT

 

SWITCH

 

THIS TINY O'KEEFFE

From the series
MUSE / MUSEUM

WINNER (THAT WORD)

STATIC

POP

THE STROKES

 

THE MYSTERIOUSLY
ABANDONED NEW MAN

FEELS LIKE HOME

  

FLAT

SIGNATURE

 
 

DEPARTURE LOUNGE

 

PEEL ME A GRAPE


 


THE BEGINNING OF ALL
THAT FOLLOWED

 


  

MAQUETTE (KEEP)
(SOME PALMS HERE)

TURN THE AGE

TORSO OF JULY (2)

 

STIR

WHAT'S LEFT IS WHAT'S RIGHT

UPDRAFT

 

 

 

CAPTAIN'S OFFICE
(For H.C.Westermann)

From the series
MUSE / MUSEUM

BLUE SKIES

IF

 

HOUSE OR SALE


 

COVERED BRIDGE
(A THOUSAND JULYS)

THE LAST ONE 

GOLD MINE

RELIABLE NARRATOR (NOT)

 

NO ONE HAD TO TELL HIM


 

SCORE

 

PILOT

GIVE ME JUST ONE

 

LITTLE LEAGUE
(THE ROAD NOT TAKEN)

MOUNTAIN LAKE (JAKE)

 

HEADED SOUTH

 

SOW NEW SEEDS

  

MAQUETTE FOR INFINITY

CHASM

THE HUNDRED MILES

  

MARLIEN

   

OUR NEW YES

PERMANENT CORRECTION

LOST 4 WORDS

 

EASEL  (JOE)

STILL

THE WILDERNESS

 


NEW SONG ON AN ANCIENT TUNE



KEEP OUT

DRY RUN

 

SECTOR



RED LETTERS

SOLD

 

ABSTRACT COMPENDIUM

 

THE SILVER LINING

SOLD

SOUTHSIDE, CHI-TOWN

LEGACY

TART FARE

TIDE 2

 

40 PERCENT OF
FIRST-PERSON NARRATIVES
 

PRIZE

 

SING

 

YOU'VE GOT QUESTIONS...

   

BANK SHOT

KEY

 

 

ON THE BILLABONG

Collection of 21c Museum
Louisville, Kentucky

THE MONEYSHOT


 

UNTITLED LANDSCAPE #745

 

 

SOME KIND OF STORY

 

UNTITLED (TYTY 710)

 

 

TURN

 

TOLL

SEARCH

HERE IS YOUR CAP AND GOWN

KISSING THE MOON
(for Winslow Homer)

SUBSCRIBE

  

THE GREAT RIVER ROAD

WE ARE YOUR MONA LISA

RESCUE

 

INTRODUCING THE UNIVERSE 

WOULD

 

PIER

AND THEN

IT'S NOT OVER 'TILL IT'S OVER 

THE ENDLESS COLUMN
(REVISED)

THE V OF GEESE

 

EITHER OAR

 

THREAD

ON THE TABLE

    

PINCH

PARABL

 

ÇA VA

 

DAY JOB FOR THE NIGHT SKY

from BACK TO BACK OF THE YARDS
Collage Series

 

FEATHER

NOT THE SOUND



UNTITLED RED,GREEN #545

HA

  

SIGN ME UP

SHELF LIFE

 

TUG

 



DUE
from BACK TO BACK OF THE YARDS
Collage Series

 

ERASMUS

 

MONET'S WATER LILIES
AN ARTIST'S OBSESSION

from the MUSE / MUSEUM series

 


IVAN ALBRIGHT
INTO THE WORLD THERE CAME
A SOUL CALLED IDA

from the MUSE / MUSEUM series

FONT

 

THE ENDURING THEMES

REUNION 

A FEW FROM 2010
AND EARLIER YEARS

THE HAIL MARY PASS

THE DISCOVERY OF HONOLULU

CHALK


YES / NO (THE WOODS)

THRESHOLD

 

 

BASE
soldx



 

SWEET DREAMS (DITTO, BABES) 

Permanent Collection
Cedar Rapids Museum of Art
Cedar Rapids, Iowa

   

IN THE FOREST PRESERVES
 

CURRENT PAINTINGS

PAINTINGS 2009-2010

2007-2008 PAINTINGS

MUSE /
MUSEUM

 

2006 PAINTINGS 

HARD TO FIGURE: A Portfolio

2005 PAINTINGS

2003-2004
PAINTINGS

PAINTINGS 2002

POUR PAINTINGS
2000-2001
 

 CACTUSHEADS 
ARCHIVE 1990's

COLLABORATIONS WITH
WES HEMPEL
SPANISH MOSS: AN EFFIGY OF THE SOUTHI

 

SAP
sold

OWN

NOW AND THEN

WAITING FOR INSTRUCTIONS

 

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