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INTO THE LAND

In these landscapes, colors are heightened and intensified. With a palette too intense to suggest a realistic view of the world, the colors create a world far more innocent and naive. Hyper-detail negates the possibility that the lands depicted by this artist are a dreamscape. Lacking is the hazy focus, atmosphere-laden quality associated with an idyllic dream vision. These paintings might best be assigned to the Magic Realist style deeply influenced by the Regionalist works of Thomas Hart Benton, Edward Hopper, Grant Wood, and the Regionalist landscapes of Maxfield Parrish. Maxfield Parrish created a perfected natural world in paintings like Hunt Farm. In 1914, he wrote in a letter to patron Gertrude Whitney: "Thank you for allowing me to use colors rich and deep...now that I have, I don't think I'll ever go back." ASPET, A PERFECT DAY is an emulation of Parrish's perfected natural landscapes around Cornish, New Hampshire. The cloud echoes the shape of an exaggerated honey locust tree to shelter the home of Parrish's neighbor, Augustus Saint-Gaudens. Mount Ascutney is placed in the distance to present the vantage point of the view from the house.

 

WINGED

First conceived as a part of a series relating to folklore creatures from subculture mythology, the painting, Sinistra, pays homage to the Symbolist painting, Medusa, by Fernand Knopff. This concept is leading to a suite of paintings dedicated to winged deities. The style is inspired by Symbolism, important in history to the twenty years prior to and after the turn of the twentieth century. Symbolism dates to a time of uneasy economic and psychological states as society edged toward the milestone of the new century. This correlates to the recent advent of a new millennium as levels of anxiety create an era of unprecedented prescriptive medication. These new works are directed to utilize the mythology of man's ancient past to communicate a message relevant to his current condition.

 

 
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