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."
Block stenciling this text kick-starts a series of paintings and becomes a foundation for more meditative drawing, printing and layered glazing. Letters of the alphabet become animated signifers, forms created in touch and go, accumulating and disintergrating over time, subject to endless reinvention. A series of drawings using small color blocks was an outgrowth of the process.
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 message and example becomes a fine residue and presence in memory provides the support from which we spring.