Recent Paintings/Marking Time In My Hometown

In this series I explore the experience of returning to my hometown through the motif of individual houses I see as I walk around the old neighborhoods on my visits home. All of these houses are old. Some are very grand, others very modest. Some are abandoned, being overtaken by vegatation, in various stages of disintegration into the ground; others are still inhabited and lovingly cared for and -- in their old age -- emit a special air of graciousness. This eclectic mix catalyzes strong memories, associations, and personal reflections. The houses have become metaphors for loss, longing, the ravages of time, and the surprising power of art to forge a visible reconnection of past and present experience.

Ghost House/On North Union
Losing Ground/On North Merrick
Conjured House/On North Merrick
Ghost House/On North Merrick
Losing Ground/On North Union
Conjured/Next Door On North Merrick
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Ghost House/On North Union

Ghost House/On North Union

oil on canvas

30"H x 36"W

Losing Ground/On North Merrick

Losing Ground/On North Merrick

oil on canvas

24"H x 30"W

Conjured House/On North Merrick

Conjured House/On North Merrick

oil on canvas

36"H x 36"W

Photo by Greg Staley

Ghost House/On North Merrick

Ghost House/On North Merrick

oil on canvas

24"H x 30"W

Photo by Greg Staley

Losing Ground/On North Union

Losing Ground/On North Union

oil on canvas

30"H x 36"W

Photo by Greg Staley

Conjured/Next Door On North Merrick

Conjured/Next Door On North Merrick

oil on canvas

30"W x 36"D