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Current Paintings: 2015-2018
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 since the early 2000's, and there are perhaps four different levels on which one can consider the work: 1) on the beauty level, by which I mean the combination of painting media (watercolor, oil, ink) and styles (abstraction, representation) in a complementary tension that augments the imagery involved; 2) on a political level, in that my goal with the guys who dominate the images and constitute my muse is to populate an art world with them-- 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, and is thus in short supply; 3) on the textual level, presenting titles that can be read in varying ways and short stories that are written before or after the images come along, but in any case are springboards for the reader's imagination; and 4) on the transcendent level, an attempt to depict a thoughtful, if not vulnerable, 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

HIGHROAD

SHIP OF COOLS

 



SERIES: MUSE / MUSEUM
ALL YEARS

LATEST NEWS
(IF WORDS COULD TALK)

THE WALL , NOGALES
(LA PARED)

RETURN_AL

 

TATTOO DETOUR 11
Drawings from Honolulu
2017

SERIES

 

FORT HONOLULU 1

 

KEEP
(TO BE PROMISCUOUS IN THOUGHT)

 

FORT HONOLULU 2


 

TIED, AND TRUE


POET'S HOLIDAY


 

THE BIG HORIZON

 

 

THE BOXER SONATA
(A Choreographic Proposal)

LAKE EFFECT

  

EL RIO

 

THE FROST RAILING (Study)

CASCADE (PENMANSHIP)

THIS MUST BE AMERICA


  

MI TIERRA
(Self Portrait as Jared)

 

D-ICE
(DOUBLE SELF-PORTRAIT)

 

TEST

FLOOR TO CEILING

 

HIGH PLANES PLAINS

 

DO YOUR BEST

 

YOU MAY BEGIN YOUR
ANSWERS HERE

 

ONE IF BY LAND, TWO
IF BY SEA (SAFE)

 

HOMECOMING


INTERMISSION
(THE LOST WAX AND FOUND)


EDITOR'S LETT_R

 

L--IF--E

TRANSFER


JOIN

THUS DID WE BUILD OUR SUMMER

 

MOM

  

AND HERE WE ARE

 

THE BIGGER PICTURE
A.K.A. THE RIVER

 

THANK YOU FOR YOUR
THOUSAND WORDS

 

LIGHTS OUT


POOL  (HONOLULU)

 

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

 

SHORE

 

THE GOOD FIGHT (2)

KIRK (THIS ONE)

 

SLAPSHOT (EVERY SUNSET)

 

WE'VE COME TO TAKE YOU HOME

 

PORTAGE

 

re:COVER

 

PAUL BUNYAN:
BESTING THE MYTH



UNTITLED #1526 (in progress)

 

OUT ON A LIMB


 

REARVIEW

NESSUN DORMA

EL MUNDO PEQUENO


 

KEEPER

CARRY

 

THE PASSING OF THE WEST


AND TO ALL A GOOD NIGHT
(MONDAY)

ANCHORAGE

 

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

 

 

YOUNG BLADES ATOP MT. MARSDEN
(FOR MARSDEN HARTLEY)

Collection, Bates College Museum of Art
Lewiston, Maine

WATERMARK 


  

ADDING TWELVE FEET
TO KATAHDIN
(Study)

Collection, Bates College Museum of Art
Lewiston, Maine


THE VETERAN IN A NEW FIELD

TREEHOUSE

 

SAFETY GLASS

THE GREATER MOOSE


 

MI CASA ES SU CASA
(Study)


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...)

Collection, Bates College Museum of Art
Lewiston, Maine

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
(Study)

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

Permanent Collection
University of Maine Museum of Art, Bangor

 

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

 

NEST
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A TRAILER SOMEWHERE

SERIES

TATTOO DETOUR 9
DENNIS THE MENACE IN HONOLULU
2015




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