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These three paintings are taken from photographs I recently received from my sister. The first painting is from a photo taken in 1945. The middle painting is from 1960. The third is from 1950. Each of these three paintings have a blank space where the photograph had been clipped or torn. The person removed from each photo was my father. 

 

I do not know who clipped or tore the photo but I suspect it was my mother or my step-father.

 

My mom and father were married in 1941. My father was a WW2 vet with the 82nd Airborne. After the war, he worked for J & L Steel in Pittsburgh as a steelworker. They had five children. 

 

One day in 1960, while the mill was on strike, and we were all in Florida, my dad took the car and left. My mom was pregnant with my little sister. I was six. The family never saw or heard from my father again until I found him in the mid-70s, when I was in the US Marines. 

 

It goes without saying, his leaving had an enormous impact on the family. I grew up without much of a role-model, my sister felt abandoned, my older brothers were left hanging, and my mother had to struggle to keep us fed and clothed. 






I am happy to announce that an art collector from Maple Grove, Minnesota has purchased the paintings "Resettlement" and "I Voted". 

 

"Resettlement" 36 x 48 acrylic on gallery canvas

 


"I Voted" 20 x 16 acrylic with pumice framed




This is my take on the Matisse painting The Manila Shawl, a painting he did in 1911. As I am enamored with Matisse's use of bright colors, I went further and decided to add even more color, as well as a swath of very textured pumice.

24 X 24 on a gallery canvas. Acrylic and pumice.





Another Saturday Night. 24 X 48 gallery canvas. Acrylic.





This is across the street from my home in Northeast Mineapolis. I stood in my driveway at 9:00 pm and sketched quickly, even though the temperature was 18 degrees and quite windy. No snow, only some ice. 

Acrylics and pumice.18 X 24.





This painting has a line of inclusions imbedded in the paint. The inclusions, rising above the canvas, are pieces and chunks of dried paint.  

Acrylics, pumice, inclusions. 18 X 24.





I went into an entirely different direction with this painting. Anyone who knows my art, knows I like thick lines and lots of disruptive colors, as well as a general do what I want and color-outside-the-lines feel.

But mid-century modernism is all the rage -- or has been -- maybe I'm jumping on the bandwagon a bit late -- anyway, I wanted to make a painting that would fit into Frank Sinatra's 1955 home in Palm Springs. I experimented and created something with straight lines and strong colors. I used six 16 X 12 gallery canvasses, lots of pumice, and rich colors. All the frames are bolted to each other. As a personal touch, there is a piece of wood from a chicken coop and a building cut-out from a 1950s postcard, as well. 36 X 52.5 inches.