My current work is a marriage between digital photography and analog oil painting.  My photos are the basis for my work, but the paintings themselves are painstakenly painted, often with very small brushes. My paintings are not exactly photorealistic, as I allow myself to diverge from the photograph when necessary.

I search my surroundings for images that resonate with me, because of the play of light, perspective, and color. I am a scavenger constantly looking for "beauty." I am especially pleased when I find it hiding in plain sight in parking garages, along the road, etc. I paint such images to elevate my original photography and to share my perspective with others. In a world so baffling in its artificiality and complexity, I am comforted by the simple pleasures of light, color, clouds, and visual perspective, that persist and show themselves even in traffic, or in a parking garage. 

Check my flickr.com oil paintings album to see more recent work since 2010.

Parking Garage No. 3 Portland
2010

Monroe Street
2010

Modern Building w/ 1 bird 
2007

Econo Dryer
2007

Repaired Building w/birds
2007

Vancouver, BC Trainyard
2007

Stanley Park at dusk
Vancouver, BC
2007

Parking Garage No. 2 Corvallis
2007

Train, Columbia River (2)
2006

Express Lanes Closed
2006

State Fair No. 1
2007

View from Parking Garage
2006

Cars at Night, I-5
2005

The Reception
2005

Speed Queen
2004

Chicago alley view
2004

Veins & Body
1996 / 2005




 

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