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THE NATURE OF AMERICA PAINTINGS

Celebrating the flora and fauna throughout the United States 
of America, the US Postal Service periodically issues sheets 
of stamps entitled "The Nature of America". I have manipulated 
these scenes and questioned another aspect of "The Nature of 
America". Oil pumping equipment disturbs a tranquil scene in 
the Arctic Tundra region; tract housing is the new horizon 
line of the Great Plains; a pulse of sonar shoots through 
the coral reef of California. The act of inserting a new image 
into an existing one assigns new meaning to the word "nature". 
The role of plants and animals take a secondary importance. 

"Sprawl On Canvas"
2008
oil on canvas
h:12" x w:24"

"Sonoran Desert"
2008
oil on canvas
h:48 x w:60"

"Oil On Canvas"
2008
oil on canvas
h:12" x w:24"

"Sonar On Canvas"
2009
oil on canvas
h:48" x w:60"

THREE OF THE SIX NEWPORT SERIES PAINTINGS

The collage paintings from 1994-1995 were inspired by a 
Newport cigarette billboard on the corner of Canal and 
Hudson streets in New York City. While an old Newport ad was 
being removed, a new Newport advertisment was being glued 
in its place. I created four more scenarios taken from real  
Newport cigarette ads. All of them depicted active couples 
engaged in smoking. Both ads were collaged at an exact 
mid-way point; partly torn away and partly being applied. 
The final collage was then enlarged, scaled and oil painted.

"Ouster"
1995
oil on canvas
h:54" x w:46"

"Dwell"
1995
oil on canvas
h:40" x w:48"

"Newport Pleasure"
1994
h:40" x w:48"
oil on canvas

"Newport Cigarette Billboard" 
Video-1994, DVD transfer 2009

MAP PAINTINGS

Bottle Stopper and N. Korea U238,  painted in 2007, feature 
utilitarian objects strategically placed within hollowed-out 
areas of existing landforms to suggest metaphorical functions.

Washington DC
The campus grounds of the CIA reminded me of a profile 
looking eastward. I cemented silver-leaf into that area to 
symbolize construction materials used in preventing wireless 
communications from entering the building. The portrait of 
George Washington was taken directly from an actual bust 
from the 1790s'. Washington has been credited with initiating 
the idea that the nation would benefit greaty from the 
protection of a secret agency.

"Bottle Stopper"
2007
oil on canvas
h:30" x w:44"

"North Korea U238"
2007
oil on canvas
h:30" x w:44"

"washington DC"
2005
oil, aluminum leaf on canvas
h:64" x w:102"

"Daw Aung San Suu Kyi
1995
oil on canvas
h:60" x w:46"