Selected Oil Paintings, ~2013-2016
Just what is it about some objects that make them infused with an otherworldly quality?
In recent years, I’ve searched out and painted hundreds of such objects, and the images above depict a selection of my favorites. Painting these objects captures a feeling that something great is happening. It’s the kind of feeling you get when the light’s hitting something just the right way and you’re just like “I love that”. My work in archaeology has probably influenced the catalog-like layout and straightforward titling of the images, as well as strengthened my connection to inanimate objects.
My still life paintings have shown at the
Compound Gallery in Oakland, CA (2013), Interface Gallery in Oakland, CA (2014) and Rise Above Gallery in Oakland, CA (2014). Several are currently for sale in the gift shop of the museum-like Bedford Gallery in Walnut Creek, CA.
Several works pictured here, most notably “
Glittering Stone in the Beam of a Flashlight“, which inspired my in-progress series on flashlight beams, were created in the spring of 2016 during a secluded artist’s residency at the Morris Graves Foundation.
Pinkish Purple Glass Left over from Morris Graves Sculpture, 2016, oil on wood, 2.5 x 4 inches
Shadow with Rainbows, 2014, oil on wood, 2.5 x 4 inches
Length of vine that came indoors Hanging from some solder Hanging from a piece of green chalk Resting on two screws, 2014, oil on masonite 8 x 10 inches
Snowflake With Its Glitter Wearing Off, 2015, oil on masonite, 5 x 7 inches
Real Animal’s Puffball, 2015, oil on masonite, 5 x 7 inches
Square of Astroturf in the Sun, 2014, oil on wood, 2.5 x 4 inches
Glittering stone in the beam of a flashlight, 2016, oil on linen panel, 9 x 12 inches
Sheet of notebook paper pinned to the wall, 2014, oil on wood, 3.5 x 2 inches
Pigeon Feathers From Beind My nHouse, 2015, oil-masonite, 8 x 10 inches
Pink pin holding up a strawberry by its stem, 2014, oil on wood, 3.5 x 2 inches
Plastic Deciduous Tree Reflecting, 2015, oil-masonite, 5 x 7 inches
Plastic Speckled Egg, 2015, oil on masonite, 5 x 7 inches
Rag Pinned to the Wall, 2014, oil on wood, 3.5 x 2 inches
Heat Wave Ice Cube, 2015, oil on masonite, 8 x 10 inches
Hammock from my collection hanging on the wall, 2014, oil on masonite, 8 x 10 inches
Greenish Glitter Balls, 2015, oil on masonite, 5 x 7 inches
Ghost Quartz White on White, 2015, oil on masonite, 5 x 7 inches
Five paper clips and some gold foil from a piece of candy I ate on Halloween, 2014, oil on masonite, 8 x 10 inches
Dried flower with blue plastic doodle, 2014, oil on wood, 2 x 3.5 inches
Classic Sequin with Rubber Band, Tiny Golden Safety Pin, and Piece of Tape, 2013, oil on wood, 2 x 3.5 inches
Blue hair elastic and its portrait, 2012, oil on wood, 3.5 x 2 inches
Bent-stick Hammock Chair Hanging On The Wall, 2014, Oil on Wood, 2.5 x 4 inches