New 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 yearly 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 of houses catalyzes strong memories, associations, and personal reflections -- on the past and also the immediate present experience of connecting with my past through my walks around town. The houses have become metaphors for loss, longing, the ravages of time, and the never-ending desire to come to terms with the fact that you can get close, but you can't truly go home again.

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