Finished a new piece...20"x 20" on canvas........It's the winter hideaway of the Cole Brothers Circus. Its fenced off from the road. I have been there a couple of times now in the evening. From the entrance a dirt path winds its way through the complex. Street lights illuminate the path at various points along with a number of trucks parked with circus signs on them. The view down this path is the one I have chosen to paint. Across the street is the old Deland train stop/gas station turned meth lab. Just 50 yards to the east, across the tracks, forming a perfect bizarre triangle, is a bar called the "In Between". In between what I don't know. I stood in the middle of the road the other night with the meth lab people watching me and, I swear to God, yelping like dogs to get my attention. I looked at all three places and wondered if I was at the nexus of some strange, twisted universe. What could these three places possibly have in common? I leaned toward the van and realized the only thing they had in common at that moment was me..............so I got the hell out of there.
From the violent storms that appear across the Plains, to the contemplative vistas of the Appalachia area, my paintings are sublime observations, filled with light, color and atmosphere. The landscape is both dramatized in panoramic vistas and minimized in simple paintings of the ocean, each with equally effective measures. The work is created in great detail on a small scale to encourage a more intimate interaction between art and the viewer. All human presence has been eliminated, creating an idealized world where nature again rules.