When asked what kind of paintings I make,
I usually call my work "Urban Landscapes" to distinguish
them as paintings about areas of human habitation rather than
landscapes that reference the natural world.
My subjects are certainly not all urban some are suburban,
some small towns and some are ruins, such as a faded sign and
abandoned business bleaching in the desert sun as once populated
areas return to their former empty silence.
While I often treat older architectural forms, I want to make
it clear these are not paintings about nostalgia all are
contemporary scenes, recently observed.
Currently I've painted a number of pictures which seem neither
urban nor rural but are set in that particular non-space that
now covers so much of the landscape the limbo of freeway
exits and on-ramps and their attendant fast-food franchises.
What I feel these mostly unpopulated places
to paint have in common is a potency, some kind of emotional
charge that enables them to function as settings for a subjective
As the artist I choose and edit the scenes, setting the stage
for viewers to bring their imaginations and private meanings
to these places made special by my selection and attention.