History Painting for a Small Town is a body of work using an early artist statement as a kick-start.
"People plowed ground, planted gardens, sewed dresses, built houses, repaired cars and bad roads, decorated churches, made music, got together, drank whiskey or didn't, had fights, had babies, looked at the stars and buried the dead. That way of life seems ancient now but the visual language I inherited is flexible enough to take on whatever comes to mind."
Stenciled text becomes meditative drawing and provides a foundation for transparent glazes layered over time. These paintings are built as is the ground beneath our feet. In counterpoint to the text based work is a visual chorous composed of oval paintings whose shape is drawn from the art historical legacy of portraiture. A collection of people surrounds us as we grow. Lucky or not, knowing it or not, they prepare us to go out and find our way. We all have these someones. Their messages, observed and absorbed, provide a springboard for this open-ended series.