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Bēhance

Still Lifes

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  • Still Lifes

    Soft-edged Realism

  •    My Still Lifes represent the fall of controlled light upon a variety of textures.  To produce them I arrange items in a manner that is meant to stimulate the viewer beyond the painting surface: sometimes intended to evoke humor, sometimes intended to imply an event or story.  Unlike many traditional still lifes, my contemporary paintings are conceptual: idea driven.  Viewers are invited into my fictional world, an imaginary "Kingdom" wherein ordinary and not so ordinary objects comprise characters - a mainstay of which are origami dragons.  "Keys to the Kingdom" for example, depicts dragons confronting one another in an undefined power-struggle as onlookers watch.  The objects themselves are selected for their symbolism as well as aesthetic contribution, and so must pass through intellectual "filters" in order to participate within a constructed scene. These objects I continue to collect, many of which have a personal connection for me.  I have also become very fond of including colored glass to produce luminous shadows: shadows are of major concern to composing my still lifes.   

         From a technical standpoint, each painting is built up in glazes from a mid-tone ground, with the brushstrokes being largely eliminated by stipple brushes; the end result is a soft edged realism wherein the represented objects are allowed to emerge from their surroundings and shadows.  Contours are often lost. Along with glazing and wiping, a variety of other techniques are employed to produce the many subtle surface textures, including dragging, rubbing, and scumbling, and even a few more secretive methods of paint manipulation. 
  • Keeper of Time
    16x20, Oil on Panel
  • Keys to the Kingdom
    16x20 Oil on Panel
  • For the Love of a Milkmaid
    20x16, Oil on Panel

  • The Kingdom: Invaded
    16x20, Oil on Panel
  • Keeper of the Key
    20x16, Oil on Panel
  • Unnatainable
    16x20, Oil on Panel
  • The ol' Slip n' Slide
    20x16, Oil on Panel
  • The King is Dead
    20x16, Oil on Panel
  • Tower, Torches, & Dragon
    20x16, Oil on Panel
  • My Walking Shoes Don't Fit Me Anymore
    20x16, Oil on Panel
  • Decanter, Rattle, & Lemon
    16x20, Oil on Panel
  • The Chopping Block20x16,  Oil on Panel

  • Explosives
    16x16, Oil on Panel
  • Orange in Vanilla
    16x20, Oil on Panel
  • The Wash Tub16x20,  Oil on Panel

  • Mask, Fork, & Vase
    16x16, Oil on Panel
  • Baseball & Horseshoes
    16x20, Oil on Panel
  • Black & White in Vanilla
    16x20, Oil on Panel
  • Cobalt & Bricks
    20x16, Oil on Panel
  • Cutting Tools
    12x24, Oil on Panel
  • T-Rex & Smoking Loon
    16x20, Oil on Panel
  • Empties & Openers
    16x20, Oil on Panel
  • Emancipation
    16x20, Oil on Panel
  • The Wizard's Wand
    16x20, Oil on Panel
  • Trouble in The Kingdom
    20x16, Oil on Panel
  • The Trolls' Treasure
    16x20, Oil on Panel
  • New Sheriff in Town
    16x20, Oil on Panel
  • Off with Their Heads!
    20x16, Oil on Panel