Sign Language

These works utilize common roadside sign imagery (sometimes combined with landscape) in layered and textural compositions that reference travel, the passing of time, and automobile-centered American culture.

 

Some of my earliest visual memories are of the mysterious graphic imagery of disembodied signs floating past as our Ford station wagon rolled down the road. Another influence comes from my work as a sign painter in the Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania and the San Francisco Bay area of California in the 1980's.                                                     (Left Click on Image for Slide Show)

Military Hardware

Military Hardware

Acrylic on Canvas (Private Collection)

Cover The Earth

Cover The Earth

Oil and Sand on Canvas (Private Collection)

Crossing

Crossing

Acrylic and Sand on Panel 16" in Diameter

Departure

Departure

Acrylic on Canvas (Private Collection)

Warning Signs - Twilight

Warning Signs - Twilight

Acrylic on Canvas 12" x 28"

Warning Signs - Indecision

Warning Signs - Indecision

Acrylic on Canvas 16" x 20"

Turning Point

Turning Point

Acrylic on Canvas 18" x 45"

Warning Signs: Omen

Warning Signs: Omen

Acrylic and Sand on Canvas 24" x 16"

Yin/Yang

Yin/Yang

Acrylic and Sand on Panel (Private Collection)

Endangered Species

Endangered Species

Acrylic and Sand on Canvas 18" x 18" (Private Collection)

Global Warning

Global Warning

Acrylic on Canvas (Private Collection)

Baling Out

Baling Out

Acrylic on Canvas (Private Collection)

Ice Men (The Best Friends)

Ice Men (The Best Friends)

Oil on Canvas 20" x 36"

Saint Nick (Retired)

Saint Nick (Retired)

Acrylic on Panel 15" x 21"

The Birth of Mr. Softee

The Birth of Mr. Softee

Acrylic on Canvas 16" x 22"

Perspective

Perspective

Oil on Canvas 16" x 22"

Vision

Vision

Acrylic on Canvas 16" x 22"

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