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Still Life Oil Paintings: soft-edged Realism
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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
Swoon
20x16, 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
Midnight at the Oasis
16x20, 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