Sunday, March 2, 2014

Places and times

Fire Place oil on canvatex 16 x 20 in.

Star Light oil on canvatex 20 x 16 in.
Corner in the Fog oil on canvas 10 x 10 in.

Moon oil on canvas 10 x 10 in.
I've always considered the 19th Century to be the spiritual home of my way of working. Most of my favorite artists are from that time period:  Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Edouard Manet, and Edward Burne-Jones. I'm also drawn to architecture from that period, with the feeling of substance, romance and a connection to the past which I like to incorporate into my paintings.
However, sometimes I move into the 20th Century, at least. Airstream trailers and neon lights have an undeniable appeal. Fire Place and Star Light depict a bar in San Francisco called Swank which is the epitome of Mid Century Modern Style.