The Latin Series: Figurative Work

Like a mirror held to one's face, my male figurative work reflects the struggle between human aspiration and the transitory nature of human existence.  My themes include the sensuality of the flesh, the pain of broken relationships, the social injustice of homophobia, religious opposition to same-sex marriage, and the shallow nature of today’s youth culture .

“TEMPUS VOLATILIS” (Time Flies) 30” x 24” x 3” oil on canvas

Inspired by the artisans of antiquity, I have chosen to use the autonomous male nude to express the collective human condition, an ideal image projected throughout the ages but never quite realized.  It is within his “vulnerable virility” that we make our own cognitive connections with the inevitable process of aging, dying and death. 

“VITA HOMINIS” (Life of Man) 24” x 24” x 2” oil on panel

I usually incorporate some sort of mask or substitute an object to cover the face of the subject to lift him onto a symbolically higher level of self-awareness and consciousness.   By masking the figure, the internal male psyche rather than the individual physical portrait is emphasized which brings further content to the composition.

“VANITAS” (Vanity) 30” x 24” x 3” oil on canvas

I am drawn to surrealism as it depicts a world where time is meaningless and gravity does not rule. In my surreal landscapes, objects are possessed by the spirits of positive and negative emotions or are carried by hummingbird messengers to add further depth to the story.

“ABEO ALIO” (Change the Mind) 30” x 24” x 3” oil on canvas

I find painting to be therapeutic as it allows me to express my emotions, my observations, my disappointments, and my fears. Painting encourages me to organize my cluttered mind and visually problem-solve.

“SIC TRANSIT NOS GLORIA MUNDI” (So Goes Our Earthly Glory) 30” x 24” x 3” oil on canvas

My paintings are honest reflections of how I perceive reality and my desire to acknowledge its harshness without sugar-coating its nature.

“DECOR EST PALLOR VIGEO” (Beauty is a Flower Fading) 30” x 24” x 3” oil on canvas

My paintings are filled with “magic” but have nothing to do with “magical thinking.” The viewer is challenged to think rationally and humanely about social injustice rather than to accept religious perspectives and dogma as fact.

“HOC EST ENIM CORPUS MEUM” (For This is My Body) 72” x 84” x 3” oil on canvas

Hopefully my work will connect emotionally and intellectually with viewers, encouraging them to unmask these objects to discover their symbolic essence and find personal meaning within.

“TRANSIT UMBRA LUX PERMANET” (Shadows Pass, Light Remains) 72” x 84” x 3” oil on canvas

“SUPERSTES” (Survivor) 24” x 24” x 2” oil on canvas The proceeding painting was commissioned as a gift for a long-term HIV survivor who also successfully battled cancer twice. As in Native American culture, the animal images represent the “spirit guides” associated with deceased family members. The background landscape was inspired by the survivor’s family farm.

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