Figures

Barista

Barista
Acrylic
2006
35" x 41"
$3500

This is a scene from the old Caffe Paradiso in Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA. I spent many hours there — meditative, social, and delicious. In this painting, I wanted to portray the cafe as a customer would see it, with all the tantalizing food displayed in the cases, and also as the worker sees it, with all the dirty dishes piled up beneath the cash register.

Under

Under
Oil
2006
12" x 16"
Collection of Gale Sauers

Word Crosser

Word Crosser
Acrylic
2004
20" x 24"
Collection of Ann Russo and Francesca Royster

Diner

Diner
Acrylic
2003
25" x 20"
$1200

Impersonator

Impersonator
Acrylic
2002
30" x 74"
$5000

In the kindest interpretation, these are two aspects of one person. There is the casual one in a t-shirt, jeans and sneakers, eating a slice of pizza. Then there is the formal one in jacket, slacks and shoes, holding a glass of wine, and surrounded by elegant furnishings. However, as the title implies, the casual one becomes an impersonator when he steps into the other’s shoes. And while he can spend some small amount of time enjoying a richer lifestyle, it is not his authentic self, to which he eventually returns.

Sailor

Sailor
Acrylic
2002
22" x 28"
Private Collection

Writer

Writer
Acrylic
2002
39" x 34"
Private Collection

Eastham

Eastham
Acrylic
1997
24" x 17"
Collection of Aya Razzaz

Pianist

Pianist
Acrylic
1983
30" x 26"
$9500

Cubister

Cubister
1978
Oil on shaped canvas
17.5" x 27.5"
Whereabouts unknown; it was removed from an art show without permission