Welcome to a series of galleries highlighting my work.
I’m opening several directions for new work in 2019, and coming back to figure painting (my focus in 1970-1973 and in 1987-1996) was one theme that started towards the end of 2018.
Word Chums at the Ocean Park
Two Walkers at Lands End
Time and season are easy to track in a rural area, from the changing path of the sun to the shifting colors of grass and leaves. Sun-drenched oak-studded hills, the repeating triangle structure of the Mayacamas mountains to the east, and intensely bright yellow mosses on the arms of trees limbed like dancers frozen in place are just a few of the things that continue to fascinate me.
Pine Ridge Road Tree Study
Morning Sun Chases Full Moon
Waning Crescent at Daybreak Early November
Late in the Day (Mountain House Road)
On the Eel
Fog Over Boonville Road
velocity part 1
Velocity is a series of four small (8" x 10") canvasses, acrylic on canvas, done during May and June of 2017. Originally based on photos taken as the descending sun shone through the windows of a fast-moving Amtrak bus on a rural highway in Sonoma County, during the process of working on it I got news of a friend's passing and it took on a deeper meaning. Dedicated to Petie and Martha.
velocity part 2
After finishing the original four small canvases exploring Velocity, I was moved to continue the series working from newer photos taken on Golden Gate Transit buses heading north up 101 to Ukiah as well as doing larger canvases from the original 2014 photos on the Amtrak bus.
Velocity 101N Jan 19 2018 #1
Velocity 101N Jan 19 2018 #2
Velocity Lakeville Hway N Nov 17 2014 #1
Velocity Lakeville Hway N Nov 17 2014 #2
Velocity Lakeville Hway N Nov 17 2014 #3
After years of drought, we saw wonderfully wet weather during the winter of 2016-2017, and I took advantage of this to take a lot of photos of the seasonal creeks running high and fast through Ukiah. By the time I got around to painting from the reference photos, the newly done Velocity series had turned my attention to a more personal way of approaching the material.
The Opening of Wildflower Season
Study in Scarlet
During the 30 years I lived in the Sunset district of San Francisco, the ocean was a powerful daily presence. Sky, fog, wind, water...ever shifting, sometimes faster than the eye can catch. How to capture a moment?
Waves and Rocks
Waves, Reflected Light
Waves to Shore
After the Storm
Does art have intrinsic value? How is it decided? Museums "deaccession" old work to raise funds for new work. In 2005, in need of space, I decide to start deaccessioning some of my own work, documenting where I left it in public spaces. It felt very freeing to just release them out into the world to stand on their own...
i stopped breathing
A project by and for the caregiver. Hospitalization raises issues of abandonment, disability, lost opportunity, & mortality, so that grief, loss, and existential anxiety are the emotional subtexts for the family of the patient. The suspension of daily life and the distortion of emotional reactions isolates one from the larger community for whom life "goes on." You can see each painting accompanied by a text written for it by Janet Rosen at her flickr album.