Artist’s Statement The photographs were taken by me, and I am NOT a professional photographer! Some were taken with a 35 mm camera and others with a digital camera. All were scanned or directly downloaded to my computer, then formatted in Photoshop. I do not have any early work. Most of my pieces have been sold, given away, or done on site (murals). I have very little in my possession. When I paint, I like to work fast and loose, so I put down the under painting in acrylics. Acrylics also keep the under layers vibrant in color. I do public work in acrylics due to the fast drying time and easy cleanup. I like the manipulation and finished look of oils, so I complete many paintings in oils. I enjoy working primarily in a variety of 2-D media, but 3-D is not out of my realm.
I like to express my feelings about societal and political issues, often with humor and satire. I think that my art is a coping tool for me. Hopefully, it can serve as a tension diffuser for the viewer as well. My styles vary. I have not really locked into any one particular method or look. I use the method and medium that best suits the subject matter. Art is an evolutionary process. There is unlimited potential and I will never reach mine. Thank you for looking at my work.
5 I have a headach e. This is a small piece,10X10 inches. It is done in oil on canvas.
ANOTHER NIGHT AT THE ROADHOUSE This piece is acrylic and oil on loose canvas. It is "life sized", at 54"X 36". The entire piece that you are looking at is painted.
Virtual Munchies This trompe l ’ oiel is actually painted directly onto the door of a refrigerator. It is located in a guesthouse at the Walden International Horse Farm in Lexington, KY. It is done in acrylic.
Spectators This piece is acrylic and oil on canvas. It's size is 36" X 20". It was commissioned by the Shoemaker Foundation, a charity founded in jockey Willie Shoemaker's name. They raise money for injured jockeys and their families.. The painting represents the outsiders in a social caste system, where some are desperate to be an insider.
Does a Bear **** in the Woods? This is painted on the wall of a men ’ s room at a stock brokerage firm in Lexington, KY. It is life sized. Some powerful people need be reminded that they are only human. There is a subtle reference to phallic “ power ” but also impotence in our capitalist culture. Money and power aren ’ t everything in life -- they can always go down the crapper.
Denial This painting is done in oils on canvas. The size is 24 ” X 18 ”. The subject deals with the family dynamics of alcoholism and abuse. I used a lot of energy in this piece.
The Spirit of Coltrane This painting is acrylic on canvas. It is 48"x 30". It was commissioned by a fellow jazz lover in Cleveland, Ohio.
Newton Boys with black dog This portrait is done in chalk pastels. It is worked from a photograph. The size is 24 ” X 18 ”. I did this piece for a surgeon friend who removed my gallbladder for free.
Models, Plastic or Otherwise This large (48 ” X42 ” ) piece is done in charcoal and chalk pastels on flat paper. I wanted to show a cultural tendency to objectify the female body.
Sex Object A collection of of “ objects ” sit on a table. Work is done in ink washes, pen and some resist (rubber cement, crayon and wite out). Size is 30 ” x 26 ”.
Quick peak This piece is a quick gesture drawing. It is graphite on paper, size is 24 ” X 16 ”.
Shy girl I love the simplicity of this sketch. It portrays youth, insecurity and innocence. It is graphite on paper, 18 ” X 8 ”.
Je ne’regrette rien. When I drew this model, I couldn ’ t help but notice that she seemed to be very confident and almost haughty and detached. She always brought Edith Piaf for background music. I think that she lived in her own world. This piece is 26 ” X 24 ”, graphite on paper.
Vineyard This is an alphabet that I designed for a typography class at EKU. Another version is in color; greens, blues and purples.
EKU Faculty Show Catalog This catalog was done in ink, marker, construction paper and stencils, the old-fashioned way, without computer assistance. Done in 1992.
“Stupid Dick” This bumper sticker expresses my disdain for the practice of driving with a cell phone glued to your ear. I obviously designed the piece to resemble a children ’ s book and child ’ s drawing, indicating the notion that even a child could recognize the stupidity. The figure is very primitive and generalized as a child might do. This was done in Illustrator. I ’ ve sold these on Ebay.
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