Acrylic

Backshore

Backshore
Acrylic
2012
22" x 18"
Private Collection

Forest

Forest
Acrylic
2012
40" x 30"
$2500

Asbestos Remover

Asbestos Remover
Acrylic
2006
45" x 90"
$6000

This was one of my jobs – removing asbestos from the ceiling of the Baker Library at Dartmouth College. On the walls of the library was a great mural, The Epic of American Civilization, by José Celemente Orozco. In homage to Orozco, I copied a portion of his mural into my painting, making sure to add Orozco’s name at the bottom of the mural.

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.

4 Jobs in 2 Blocks

4 Jobs in 2 Blocks
Acrylic
2006
40" x 32"
$2500

These are four jobs I worked at over a time-span of several years — coffee bean shop, bookstore, ice cream parlor, and drugstore — and they all happened to be a couple of blocks from each other. I consider this my “post-modern” painting. The distances in time and space are conflated into a single surface.

Michigan

Michigan
Acrylic
2006
25" x 23"
Collection of Joyce and Bob Wallace

The left edge of the painting shows a view of a house and trees as seen from the ground level, with a cloud lingering above. The right side shows an aerial view of fields and streams, with the clouds floating below.

Central Square, Cambridge

Central Square, Cambridge
Acrylic
2005
30" x 20"
Private Collection

This was painted outdoors during an ArtsCentral event in Cambridge, MA, so that passers-by could watch and talk to artists at work. I made it a point to request a spot next to the Asmara Restaurant, so that I could take a break from painting to enjoy great Ethiopian food.

Depot Pond

Depot Pond
Acrylic
2004
24" x 20"
$1700

I don’t sign a painting until I consider it finished. I signed this one and went to sleep. That night, I dreamt of six specific changes to make to the painting – small things, but very particular. Make one of the greens in the corner more neutral. Make the circular shape in the center more triangular. When I woke up, I remembered all six changes and immediately made the changes to the painting. The painting had been merely acceptable; now it held together with consistency and without distraction, a serene representation of the scenery.

Maynard, MA

Maynard, MA
Acrylic
2004
20" x 16"
Collection of Nick Schmidt

Word Crosser

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

Diner

Diner
Acrylic
2003
25" x 20"
$1200

Eastham Interior

Eastham Interior
Acrylic
2003
24" x 18"
Whereabouts unknown; it was removed from an art show without permission

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.

Office Worker

Office Worker
Acrylic
2002
46" x 58"
$4000

Her body is too big for the cubicle she’s expected to work in, and her feet are too big for the shoes she’s expected to wear. She’s a vibrant person doing her best to endure a sterile working environment.

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

Living Room

Living Room
Acrylic
1997
32" x 12"
Collection of Dianne Wiroll

Watertown

Watertown
Acrylic
1997
28" x 22"
Collection of Ann Russo

Wind in Trees

Wind in Trees
Acrylic
1997
24" x 22"
Collection of Francesca Royster

Manchester, VT

Manchester, VT
Acrylic
1991
27" x 20"
Collection of Barbara Randolph-Couture

Tree

Tree
Acrylic
1991
25" x 24"
Collection of David Nemtzow and Jana Germano

Pianist

Pianist
Acrylic
1983
30" x 26"
$9500

Figure

Figure
Acrylic
(year unknown)
24" x 18"
Private Collection

Hiker

Hiker
Acrylic
(year unknown)
48" x 30"
$1000

Dancer

Dancer
Acrylic
1969
24" x 24"
$2500

My first painting, at age 13.