PAINTING JAMS

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The Art Department received a call from a colleague in the Education Department at Saint Xavier University. The question was, “Can you paint a mural on stage as people tell stories?” The answer was, “Sure, Right?” The art department does not have a muralist, or a mural class, or a…

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Proportion of Time & Place – 2015

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These canvases began with a grid exercise. I subdivided the canvas proportionally. I then looked for interesting patterns in the mess previously on the canvas. Most of my recent work has also been concentrating on the idea of the present moment in space.

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This Area – 2015

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Five Frames instigated this mini-series. It’s about watching where you are going. Media: Oil-stencil on canvas Created: Summer 2015

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Back of My Yards – 2014 – 15

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These paintings were made in and about my backyard. I applied glue to canvases I found on trash day driving home. I allowed the maple seeds (helicopters) to adhere to the surface and form texture. All six of these canvases when aligned at the bottom form a larger composition. The…

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SOON NOW OILS – 2014

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I got a stencil cutter. These are my first experiments using oil paint with stencils. These were all made more or less simultaneously. The pages were all laying out on the counter and i was attacking them from all sides. Soon and Now seems to have lingered after an exhibition…

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The Beats That I Frequent – 2013

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This series began by tracing portions of the Chicago Police Beat Map onto canvas. The locations of the precinct headquarters are identified with stars. I wanted to identify locations in Chicago that I spend the most, some and very little time. I recently re-mixed these canvases by applying text. The…

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A Portrait of the Proper Adapter – 2013

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I was doing a series of portraits. To warm up before each portrait I executed a fairly realistic version of one my favorite adapters. Once I got loosened up I would move onto the portrait. It wasn’t until much later that i started thinking of these paintings as portraits as…

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