These paintings are vignettes that are meant to work together, like free verse. They were a special project, made in 2018 as a reflection on the rural neighborhood where I have lived for most of my adult life and are marked by the affection and tension I have towards it.  It is a place occupied by rural poverty, but also gentrification. Since these are places most of us drive by and never really 'see', I painted many of them in the brilliant greens of spring and summer, against stark white skies, to emphasize the sense of isolation and worth.  I focus on the sad beauty of the abandoned farmlands and buildings, the sense of loss in young people who leave because they see no future for themselves here, and the tenacity of my neighbors and family who remain. 

Straight Line Wind
2018
oil and graphite on cradled panel
12" x 12" *sold
Prison Life
2018
oil and graphite on cradled panel
12" x 12" *sold
Wishbone
2018
oil, graphite on cradled panel
12" x 12"
Bruce Hill
2018
oil and graphite on cradled panel
12" x 12" *sold
King Voss Farm
2018
oil on cradled panel
12" x 12"
The Eleventh Step
2018
oil on cradled panel
12" x 12"
Lounsberry Road
2018
oil and graphite on cradled panel
12" x 12"
Old Man On A Road
2018
oil and graphite on cradled panel
12" x 12"
Spider Pie
2018
oil on cradled panel
12" x 12"
Ned Hill
2018
oil and graphite on cradled panel
12" x 12"
Farmer
2018
oil on cradled panel
12" x 12"
Comfort and Lieb
2018
oil on cradled panel
12" x 12"
Private Drive
2018
oil on cradled panel
12" x 12"
Vanitas
2018
oil on cradled panel
12" x 12"
Insurance
2018
oil and graphite on cradled panel
12" x 12"
Imagine
2018
oil and graphite on cradled panel
12" x 12"
Deathbed
2018
oil on cradled panel
12" x 12"
Sand and Gravel
2018
oil and graphite on cradled panel
12" x 12"
Catatonk Station
2018
oil on cradled panel
12" x 12"
Damon Relocating
2018
oil and graphite on cradled panel
12" x 12"
The Snapper
2018
oil on cradled panel
12" x 12"