STATEMENT FOR PHOTOS AND THE LIES THEY TELL  1984-1992 

My subject matter is based on family photographs, whether they be my own, my friends' or those I've taken from the dumpster behind the Photomat in Richmond, VA.  For me there is a common feeling in them all: the American dream and it's reality, the isolation of the suburbs and meaninglessness of a consumer existence. 

The spontaneity of the moment that these photos capture is snapped by a camera and forgotten unless found in the back of drawer or in an old album.  The photos are a cheap, disposable commodities and the memories seem also to be disposable and discarded.  But by spending weeks meticulously painting these images  I  make them precious.  I am commemorating and solemnizing these discarded moments. 

In posed photos I examine the tensions that lay under the surface of the smiling family members. 

Although the paintings may seem to be direct copies of photos, they are not.   I make visual reference to photographic light and space to reinforce the credibility of the image, but all aspects of the photographic image are manipulated and edited through the painting process to bring the viewer to my understanding of our shared homogeneous American past. 

I work on a small scale because I feel the private experience of standing intimately with a small painting can be more intense than the shared experience of standing with the public in front of a monumental painting.  



Pike's Peak on copy_1
Pike's Peak
1999
oil on canvas mounted on panel
18 x 24

oklahoma panorama copy
OKLAHOMA PANORAMA
1990
OIL ON OAK 
2 X 9 1/4
 
self portrait with colors DSC02225 copy 
SELF PORTRAIT WITH COLORS
1991
OIL ON OAK
12 X 12"

  HomeBeautySalon6843cmyk copy
Photo: Theresa Bertocci
HOME BEAUTY SALON
1990
OIL ON PANEL
7 x 10

may queen better 
MAY QUEEN
1989
EGG TEMPRA ON PANEL
POLE:2 1/4 X 3 1/4 QUEEN:2 1/4 X 2
Frame 10 x 11

  Funeral Food 2 DSC01759 
FUNERAL FOOD 
1989
OIL ON PANEL
6X8"

  Hole and Bushes DSC02222 copy
HOLE 
1993
OIL ON OAK
2 X 1 1/4, 2 X 2 5/8, 2 X 1 1/4

Pink Pick Up DSC02238 copy 
PINK PICK UP
1983
ACRYLIC ON PAPER
4 1/4 X 4"

  Big Back Yard trimmed copy
THE BIG BACK YARD
1981
MIXED MEDIA ON PAPER
18 X 23 3/4"

Rosebowl DSC02223 copy
ROSEBOWL
1989
EGG TEMPERA AND OIL ON MAPLE 
2 X 2 3/4"

Dog HumiliationDSC02262 copy
DOG HUMILIATION/HUMILIATED DOG
1991
OIL ON OAK
3 PANELS: 3 3/4 x 3 1/16, 5 x 2 3/8, 3 1/8 x 3 3/4"


brownie pledge combo with less black background

BROWNIE PLEDGE
1984
ACRYLIC ON PAPER
2, 8 X 7" PANELS