Ripped Grapes #2 |12 x 12 | Oil | $500

This is the first painting I did in the series. Grapes have always been my go to subject matter. I did my first drawing of grapes when I was in high school. I had gone to the market to photograph the vendors and buy some honey. When I was leaving I took a quick photo of the grapes just because.

Ripped Pears |12 x 12 | Oil |$500

2 years ago I went to Washington State for Labor Day vacation. The neighbor of the friend I was staying with had a Pear tree out front. I have seen a number of artists using the illusion of a paper being taped on top of the painting. I wanted to use the paper and tape as a metaphor of an image being restored similar to how museums will reconstruct old wall frescos.

Shake your tree |12 x 12 | Oil | $500

I had planned to paint four 12 x 12 panels of ripped paper and tape. I originally didn’t know they would be of fruit but by the time I started this painting it seemed like a good idea to develop the series further. Many ancient cultures would have wall frescos of fruit and I am trying to make contemporary fragment paintings.

Orange Sunrise #2 |12 x 12 | Oil | $500

I redid the background 3 times before I got it right. I wanted the background to have a little more texture it was looking like frosted glass which isn’t the intention.

This  would make a great wedding gift for anyone getting married in Florida or California in the future.

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Harpers Ferry – Painting 1

I photographed this hill off of the Lee Jackson Memorial Highway on the way home from Harpers Ferry. I love to go to the flea market at Harpers Ferry and look for inexpensive objects for still life paintings. It is great to rummage around the stalls looking for new... read more

Inspiration & Exploration

My last post was about how a trip to the ruins of Pompeii became my starting point for my series “Ripped”. As with my first painting “Pears”, I begin my process with a few copies of my reference photo.  Then the fun begins. I start ripping the... read more