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Current Paintings: 2015-2017 -- 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.

 

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.  


DO THE MATH

THE GOOD FIGHT (2)

SHIP OF COOLS

FROM 2016 TATTOO DETOUR

 

ANCHORAGE

SHORE

 

PAUL BUNYAN:
BESTING THE MYTH

   

FROM 2016 TATTOO DETOUR


 

CHRISTINA'S WORLD
(THE DAY I MET ANDREW WYETH)

 

KEEPER

 

POOL  (HONOLULU)

 SERIES

TATTOO DETOUR 10
Drawings from Honolulu
2016

NESSUN DORMA

EL MUNDO PEQUENO

THE VETERAN IN A NEW FIELD

CARRY

 

THE PASSING OF THE WEST


AND TO ALL A GOOD NIGHT
(MONDAY)



 

ADDING TWELVE FEET
TO KATAHDIN
(Study)

 

BOB HOWE WANTED TO PAINT STORIES
(FOR ROBERT CHARLES HOWE, 1954-2002)

 

YOUNG BLADES ATOP MT. MARSDEN
(FOR MARSDEN HARTLEY)

WATERMARK 

 

MI CASA ES SU CASA
(Study)

TREEHOUSE

 

SAFETY GLASS

THE GREATER MOOSE

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'TIS OF THEE


AND TO ALL A GOOD NIGHT
(WEDNESDAY) (DEER)

DEUS EX MACHINA

EPIPHANY 2

THE STORY OF FIREWOOD

 

DEPTH

 

AND TO ALL A GOOD NIGHT
(TUESDAY)

WELCOME HOME

  

MILE SWIM

  

MASTERPIECE

 

SEND (REPLY)

 

SUMMER READING
(study)

 

I'VE COME TO TAKE YOU HOME

CIRCUMSTANCE

EL MUNDO NUEVO

THE LAST DAY OF SUMMER

 

NO ONE SHALL PLAY
ON WET FIELDS

TOWARDS DUSK IN THE RINCONS
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FRONTISPIECE
(CARVE YOUR INTITIALS...)

WE PAUSE FOR AUTOBIOGRAPHY

SIGN

 

WE LAUNCH OUR SHIPS

THE NOTION OF THE ARTIST

COWBOYS ROPING A LIEUTENANT

 

 

TWO LIGHTS
CAPE ELIZABETH
(study)

 

 

EVERY LEAF ON THE TREE

 

 

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

Sold

 

 

 

AS IF IT WERE PLANNED


STANDING OVATION


SUBTITLE

 


 

OUR TOWN
(THE OLD COLONIAL)

 

HURRY HOME

 

 

LINGER

 

 

SLIPCASE 

 

THIS WONDERFUL WORLD AWAITS

PLEASE INFORM SENDER

HOLD

EARLY SUNDAY MORNING (CATCH)

 

A E I O U



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

MINE

 

ITCH

WE HAVE ALL
WAXED AND WANED

FROM MUSE/ MUSEUM 2015

  

ALWAYS

FACE IT, MADAM DIRECTOR

SCENIC ROUTE

 

FROM MUSE/ MUSEUM 2015

HIGH ROAD

YOUR FULL PAGE

BLUE PRINT 

FROM MUSE/ MUSEUM 2015

EPIPHANY

KNOCK ON WOULD

CROWN

FROM MUSE/ MUSEUM 2015

THE GREAT AMERICAN NOVEL

BACK ROAD

MARINE STUDY

 

 SERIES 

TO THE MUSE MUSEUM SERIES

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COMPANION PIECE

THE WAY HOME

HARBOR

RECOUNT

ZEITGEIST

THIS IS HOW WE BREATHE

FLAGSHIP

THE MAINE EVENT

THIS TIME AROUND

 

CAGE FIGHTER

   

ARMADA

ARTIST'S CHOICE

THAT BOOK, LATE AT NIGHT

THE HAPPY ENDING

FRONT ROW

FOUNTAIN

DIPLOMA

CHERRY BOMB

THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING
sold

WHEN YOU LEAST EXPECT IT

  

RESERVOIR

AUTOGRAPH

HITCH

BIG DIPPER

 

PEARL

 

 

THE AUDITION

 

 

THIS IS AMERICA




MARK YOUR CALENDAR

X

OPEN FOR CONVENIENCES

THIS IS HOW IT STARTS

 

CROSSING THE EQUATOR

 

FROM TATTOO DETOUR 9
DENNIS THE MENACE IN HONOLULU

DUST JACKET

 

ESTIMATE

GIFT BOX


FROM TATTOO DETOUR 9
DENNIS THE MENACE IN HONOLULU

MARK YOUR CALENDAR

 

NEST
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A TRAILER SOMEWHERE

SERIES

TATTOO DETOUR 9
DENNIS THE MENACE IN HONOLULU
2015




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