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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.


MORE

NOON

TIP

 

 

UNTITLED

From the new page
THE DRAWING ROOM

  

LOOM

 

STANDARD

X Y Z

 

 

  

HOME 4 THE HOLIDAYS

From the new page
THE DRAWING ROOM

  

LEAP YEAR

TANK

 

START HERE
 

 

THE MODEL SON (2)

YOUR TURN

POP

TO THE DRAWING ROOM PAGE

 

ANNUNCIATION

CHAPBOOK

 

TRUE

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

 

GOOD JOB

 

LINCOLN'S BIRTHDAY

 

WONDERFUL

 

TO THE MUSE MUSEUM SERIES

X

 

  

SAINT, AT SIN...


 

LEST LAST LUST LOST LIST

 

THE COCONUT

 

SWITCH

 

 

THIS TINY O'KEEFFE

From the series
MUSE / MUSEUM

WINNER (THAT WORD)

STATIC

 

CHASM

THE BEGINNING OF ALL
THAT FOLLOWED

 

 

 

BLUE SKIES

 


FEELS LIKE HOME

  

FLAT

 

DEPARTURE LOUNGE

 

PEEL ME A GRAPE

 

SPELL

 

THE WRITING ON THE WALL

 

TORSO OF JULY (2)

  

MAQUETTE (KEEP)
(SOME PALMS HERE)

TURN THE AGE

LAKE EFFECT

 

STIR

WHAT'S LEFT IS WHAT'S RIGHT

UPDRAFT

 

CLIMB

GOLD MINE

IF

 

THE MYSTERIOUSLY
ABANDONED NEW MAN

 

HOUSE OR SALE


 

COVERED BRIDGE
(A THOUSAND JULYS)

 

 

 

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

From the series
MUSE / MUSEUM

RELIABLE NARRATOR (NOT)

 

NO ONE HAD TO TELL HIM

 

THE STROKES

 

PILOT

GIVE ME JUST ONE

 

LITTLE LEAGUE
(THE ROAD NOT TAKEN)

MOUNTAIN LAKE (JAKE)

 

HEADED SOUTH

 

SOW NEW SEEDS

  

MAQUETTE FOR INFINITY

SECTOR

THE HUNDRED MILES

  

MARLIEN

   

OUR NEW YES

PERMANENT CORRECTION

LOST 4 WORDS

 

EASEL  (JOE)

STILL

THE WILDERNESS

KEEP OUT

NEW SONG ON AN ANCIENT TUNE

 

I WANT TO LIVE... HERE !


RED LETTERS

SOLD

THE LAST ONE 

 

SCORE

 

DRY RUN

SOUTHSIDE, CHI-TOWN

LEGACY

 

ABSTRACT COMPENDIUM

 

THE SILVER LINING

SOLD

 

RIGOROUS RED TRUCK

UNTITLED (BEAR, BACK 1)

TART FARE

TIDE 2

 

40 PERCENT OF
FIRST-PERSON NARRATIVES
 

   

BANK SHOT

UNTITLED (BEAR, BACK 2)

 

YOU'VE GOT QUESTIONS...

PRIZE

KEY

 

 

ON THE BILLABONG

Collection of 21c Museum
Louisville, Kentucky

THE MONEYSHOT


 

UNTITLED LANDSCAPE #745

 

SING

 

A ROBUST PRACTICE 

WINNER

WE ARE YOUR MONA LISA

 

 

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

BACK COUNTRY

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

  

TIDE

 

PARABL

 

ÇA VA

SECOND READING

 

THREAD

ON THE TABLE

    

PINCH

 

JOE BOY (SEE'D)

 

DAY JOB FOR THE NIGHT SKY

from BACK TO BACK OF THE YARDS
Collage Series

 

 

TIDE 3

 

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

 

ALWAYS READY

 

IVAN ALBRIGHT
INTO THE WORLD THERE CAME
A SOUL CALLED IDA

from the MUSE / MUSEUM series

BRID_E

REUNION 

 

 

MONET'S WATER LILIES
AN ARTIST'S OBSESSION

from the MUSE / MUSEUM series

 

THE ENDURING THEMES

FONT

 

PRACTICE

 

SOUTHERN CROSS 

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

 

SEE THE WORLD

OWN

JFR 499

WAITING FOR INSTRUCTIONS

NOW AND THEN

 

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