My personal collection of pencil sharpeners and other toys are the inspiration for this series of paintings. Using traditional realistic technique to paint "portraits" of these playful figures, I relish the opportunity to create beautiful works of art combining serious craftsmanship with amusing irony. By treating inexpensive toys with an exaggerated reverence, the paintings themselves become the precious objects worthy of the reverence given to the original subjects. I know I've created a successful painting when these odd little
artifacts of consumer society stare back with their own unique
personalities and inner lives, boldly confronting the viewer with the absurdity of their own existence.
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A Fast Rooster
Inspired by the popular
Winslow Homer painting
on display at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.
Of all my pencil sharpener paintings,
I think these most clearly show the influence of the
Index of American Design.
Ducks in Boats
Why do ducks need boats? No explanation. No point in looking
for one either. It's all part of a cosmic unconsciousness.