Holding a Paintbrush

WORKS ON CANVAS

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24" x 20" Oil on canvas.  2020

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24" x 20" Oil on Canvas.  2020

20" x 20" Oil on Canvas. 2020

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23" x 21" Oil on Canvas. 2020

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24" x 20" Oil on Canvas. 2020.

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10" x 12" Oil on Linen.  2020.

12" x 12" Oil on Linen.  2020.

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12" x 12" Oil on Linen.  2020.

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WORKS ON PAPER
Watercolor and mixed media

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Take a deep breath.

12" x 9"  Pastel, ink, watercolor, and gouache on paper.  2021.

This painting is part of a series of paintings inspired by Lisa Yuskavage's color palette, coloring book imagery, and Japanese prints. 

With this painting, I was experimenting with masking tape to add layers to the water.  I've been interested in exploring the use of opaque and translucent color with this work. 

Bus terminal. 

12" x 9" Watercolor and charcoal on paper.  2021.

This painting is part of a series of paintings inspired by Lisa Yuskavage's color palette, coloring book imagery, and Japanese prints. 

I became interested in using staining and scraping to apply color with this work.  Patterns starting creeping into the work here. 

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Do you hear someone watching us?

12" x 9"  Pastel, ink, watercolor, and gouache on paper. 2021.

This painting is part of a series of paintings inspired by Lisa Yuskavage's color palette, coloring book imagery, and Japanese prints. 

My Little Pony Friendship is Magic has a special place in my heart.  I combined some characters from MLP with this grimacing face from a Japanese print.  These disembodied heads have been popping up in the work a lot.  I am not completely sure why.  I see them almost like floating memories of judging faces I encounter throughout the day.  

Tending to produce. 

12" x 12" Watercolor and charcoal on paper.  2021.

This painting is part of a series of paintings inspired by Lisa Yuskavage's color palette, coloring book imagery, and Japanese prints. 

This painting combines imagery from a 50's era coloring book from the United States with imagery from Japanese prints.  I have been exploring how art might address the conflicts in creating a Japanese-American art.  

48" x 60"  Acrylic on canvas. 2021.

This painting is part of a series of paintings inspired by Lisa Yuskavage's color palette, coloring book imagery, and Japanese prints. 

Self-portraits were a big part of my artistic life when I first started painting.  This is probably the first serious self-portrait I have made in close to 20 years.  The composition is based on a Baroque painting of the Immaculate Conception with a variety of putti patched in from different sources, the lower section of the painting is populated with faces from Japanese prints.

Ballad of the uninspired (I asked for water, and they brought me flowers.)