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)

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