I recently made a group of paintings based on a journal my brother kept during our childhood summer vacation in 1979. During that summer my brother was 11 and I was 7. His journal consisted of short notes written on scraps of paper about each day. My family has summered in Northport, Maine since 1972.
The paintings are 30x30 inches, Oil on Canvas.
Shown at Perimeter Gallery, Belfast, Maine and Art House, Portland, Maine.
The concept for "Casket" originated in 2004. During this time, the casket of former president Ronald Reagan was being paraded around the United States while the Bush administration was banning the photos of caskets returning from Iraq. I found this ironic.
Visually, I was drawn to the stark contrast that was set up between the American flag and its often dark environment. During the painting process, I decided to exclude the blue, star-studded rectangle from the flag and specific details from the surrounding space in order to establish a heightened sense of mystery for the viewer. I also wanted the viewer to be uncertain whether the casket contained the body of a fallen American soldier or a former President. These elements of mystery are what animate the painting.
Casket. 2004 Oil, Acrylic, Alkyd Resin and Wax on Canvas. 50 X 42 inches.
Shown at Portland Museum of Art, Maine.
Between 2004 and 2006, I was making paintings that explored the fictional concept of Maine as a modern day war zone. One August morning in 2006, while summering in Maine, I was alarmed to see a Navy Cruiser gliding down the bay. It was an uncommon sight in Penobscot Bay and the experience only strengthened my imagination. Of course the ship was only on a training mission but seeing it in that context was startling. When I returned to New Jersey, I made this painting.
Pen Bay Cruiser. 2006 Acrylic on Canvas over Wood. 6 X 8 inches.
I Will Follow. 2007 Acrylic on Canvas. 44 X 26 inches.
Shown at Center for Maine Contemporary Art and Coleman Burke Gallery, NYC
Shown at Center for Maine Contemporary Art.
Delegates 2005, Oil, Acrylic, Alkyd Resin and Wax on Canvas, 60 X 36 inches.
Pros and Cons is a 16x20 inch painting from 2007. Pros and Cons started as a grey grid and then I painted colored crosses into each square. This got me thinking about altar cloths, religious banners and quilts. Later I thought of the crosses as plus signs and painted minus signs over some of them.
Shown at Center for Maine Contemporary Art