My artwork—paintings and illustrations mostly—has several primary themes: vernacular architecture in a precisionist style, narrative explorations of a character type, and simple object paintings. In all of them, selections and choices are made with respect for traditional choices, but also with playful activism; I take tradition very seriously, but I try not to take myself too seriously.
Color choices and effects have always been an interest. I work with a very limited palette of four or five paint colors. Images are usually developed as sketches or compositions before they are completed. I place high priority on draftsmanship and design. I freely borrow from artistic concepts and “scrap” that inspire me. Most of my work is small-scale, primarily because of the realities of studio space and storage.
Other people (respected artists and acquaintances) have called my artwork contemplative, intelligent, witty, American, well-designed, colorful, cheeky, careful, and illustrative. On most days I am comfortable with all of those attrib...