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Narrative, or story telling, is an essential element in my paintings.  I begin a painting with scribbles.  I add color rivers through the scribbles.  Then I look at the painting until a figure emerges.  One thing leads to another. One figure will begin to "talk" to another and eventually a theme emerges.  From there, I search my brain and all the information from my life for the few specific things that belong in the painting. 

Five Elements


 

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Plastic/Delusion
40" x 32"
Acrylic

Air/Amnesia
40" x 32"
Acrylic

 

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Earth/Power
40" x 32"
Acrylic




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Water/Wonder
40" x 32"
Acrylic

Fire/Consumption
40" x 32"
Acrylic


 

The following four paintings are done in acrylic.  Each one measures 4' x 2'
They are from a 2007 show on Social Justice issues.

Higher Math

Lean Into the Pain

Higher Math
4' x 2'
Acrylic

Lean Into the Pain
4' x 2'
Acrylic


The Dreamer -- A Drop in the Bucket

The Worker -- Nickel and Dime
4' x 2'
Acrylic

The Dreamer -- A Drop in the Bucket
4' x 2'
Acrylic


 
 

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