Statement

I am a big fan of history and fiction. History shows that no art occurs outside cultural and historical references, for either the artist or the audience. Fiction allows me to think of context as a choice, whether moving a subject to another era, repealing the laws of gravity, or combining styles and images.

I start my paintings with layers of thin acrylic paint, often but not always switching to oil paint (for the flexibility of drying times) to finish the painting. The tools I use illustrate the kind of contrast I seek to create in my paintings: Photoshop, digital cameras, multi-media projectors and the internet are as much a part of my materials as the centuries-old oil paints, paper, wood, canvas, wax, or pencil. The paintings are finished when the contrasts between imagination and skill, humor and drama, belief and skepticism are all in balance.

My paintings of the past several years have been dedications, of a sort, to the generations of family members that made up my childhood. We were close to my mom's family and as kids we spent a lot of happy times around old people and their old things, listening to their old stories. Paintings that began as my way of trying to touch and hold onto my childhood developed into depictions of icons of the twentieth century: trains, pin-up girls, fast and beautiful autos, and pop art.

The motivation is still the joys and challenges of painting the things I want to paint, but I suppose the real subject that runs through my paintings is the temporal nature of our lives. Things age and change and the world and the universe go on, and the rest of us are left with memories and art.