History Painting for a Small Town uses an early artist statement as a spur.
"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."
Stenciling the above text kick-starts each painting and becomes a foundation for more meditative drawing and layered glazing. Letters go from being symbols of an alphabet to animated signifers having strength or fragility, presence or absence, accumulating and disintergrating like the ground beneath our feet.
In counterpoint to the text based work, is a visual chorus composed of oval paintings, the shape of which 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 become a fine residue and remembering provides a springboard for this open-ended series.