Portfolio > 2019/2021 Passages

Slippage
mixed media on wood
10 x 14 3/4
2021
$1500
The Road Home
mixed media on wood
18 x 10"
2022
$1750
The Crossing
mixed media on wood
16 x 10"
2021
$1750
Lineage
mixed media on wood
15 x 10
2021
$1750
For Cheryl
mixed media on wood
18 x 10"
2021
$1750
Squirrel
mixed media on wood
18 x 10
2021
$1500
I-75
mixed media on wood
18 x 10"
2021
$1500
Channel
mixed media on wood
18 x 10
2022
$1500
Anonymous
mixed media on wood
18 x 10
2021
$1500
Adel 1
mixed media on wood
18 x 10
2021
$1500
Adel 2
mixed media on wood
18 x 10
2021
$1500
The Searchers
36 x 20
2021
$1750
The Searchers (detail)
mixed media on wood
36 x 20"
2021
$2750
Iceland
mixed media on wood
36 x 20"
2021
$2750
Imprint
mixed media on wood
36 x 20"
2021
$2750
Imprint (detail)
mixed media on wood
36 x 20
2021
$2750
The Crane
mixed media on wood
36 x 20"
2021
$2750
Cows and Clouds
mixed media on wood
36 x 20"
2021
$2750
Homage
mixed media on wood
30 x 36"
2021
$3000
A Gathering
mixed media on wood
30 x 36
2022
$3000
Compression
mixed media on wood
20 x 36"
2021
$2750
Enigma
mixed media onwood
14 x 20"
2021
$1750
"H"
mixed media on wood
14 1/8 x 16 1/4
2019
$2000
contemporary painting, mixed media, fine art
mixed media on wood
14 1/4 x 16 1/8
2019
$2000
Ettes
mixed media on wood
14 1/8 x 16
2019
$2000
Family Vacation (left panel)
mixed media on wood
8 x 8"
2019
$1500
Family Vacation (center panel)
mixed media on wood
8 X 8"
2019
$1500
Family Vacation (right panel)
mixed media on wood
8 3/4 x 8 3/4
2019
$1500
To Jean
mixed media on wood
6 1/2 x 9"
2019
The Last Dance
mixed media on wood
12 x 20"
2019
$2500
Configuration
mixed media on board
2019
Mixed Memories
mixed media
10 x 20"
2020
$2000
Leaning this way
mixed media on wood
10 x 27 1/4"
2020
$2000
Cornered
mixed media on wood
25 x 13"
2020
$2000
The Grand Hotel
mixed media on wood
12 x 13"
2020
$2000
Fundamentals
mixed medai on wood
11 x 14"
2005
$2000
The Aqueduct
mixed media on wood
15 x 15"
2003
The Clearing
mixed media on wood
15 x 15
2022
$1500
Oil can and the landscape
oil on wood
8 3/4 x 11 3/4"
2002
Construct
oil on wood
8 3/x x 11 3/4
2002
$1500
Fork and the clouds
oil on wood
8 3/4 x 11 3/4"
2002
$1500
Message from LA
oil on canvas
36 x 48
2003
$2500
Message from Detroit
oil on canvas
36 x 48
2003

Passages explores loss and recovery, equilibrium and flux, and past and present. These ideas are visible in my life as an artist exploring materials and ideas in the studio with expected and unexpected consequences and as a human being experiencing stability, disruption and reformation.

Many of the works were prompted by the discovery and purchase of over 100 antique printer’s plates mounted on wood blocks. The photo-engraved metal plates were used in printing newspapers and books throughout the 20th century. They resonate with memories of the past including anonymous yearbook photos, prized animals, buildings, geographical sites, etc. The work also features photographs I’ve taken over several years including a welcome sign for the town of “Enigma” and old billboards where decaying signs contain fragments of the original message. Many of the photographs were taken in South Georgia where my elderly mother currently lives. In many ways the photographs became a way of actualizing the inevitability of loss.

The landscape as signifier has been a focus of my work for many years. While attending an two -month artist’s residency in northern Iceland in 2017, I studied the geology of the country and explored ways the landscape could be used as subject matter to grapple with the recent death of my wife. I began to use multiple horizon lines (subdivisions of the rectangle) to visualize the what lies beneath and how it supports what is above. Iceland as a landmass is in constant flux due, in part, to shifting tectonic plates and the submerged mid-Atlantic ridge. Its stability is literally being disrupted and re-formed.

The geometry of the grid serves as a primary means of organizing visual information. As a graduate student I worked with a painting professor who required students to subdivide a rectangle with lines and then blocks of value and color for 8 weeks. The process was very constricting for most students until the professor asked his students to include representational elements thus using the abstract studies as a catalyst for creating a variety of compositions. In my work, the grid is used to arrange disparate imagery, color and varying paint surfaces both transparent and opaque. The attached printer’s plates are used to extend beyond the edge and above the grid contradicting the flatness of the plywood support. Ultimately the grid serves as a metaphor for the hidden structure of our lives, a fragile framework that is continually forming and evolving.