In graduate school at East Tennessee State
University, 1969-70, I did a series of large shaped canvases
a la Frank
Stella. I no longer have any of the paintings and can't remember what
happened to them, but I
do have two small pencil studies for some of
those paintings, the one above and the one below.
(approx. 48" width, acrylic on canvas, 1985)
I was relearning how
to paint when I did "American Odalisque."
I had quit painting for about five years and
started back. It was influenced by Tom Wesselman's
Great American Nude series. I always
belonged over a bar, preferably somewhere in the Deep South. This
painting and "L.A. Woman"
(below) were left behind when I movedto the West Coast in 1988. I don't know where they are now.
(96.5" x 115" x 3", oilstick and acrylic on board with assemblage,
This was my first and only mural-size
painting. At nearly 8 x 10 feet it took up one whole wall of the
tiny apartment we were living in when I painted it (my "studio" was
the living room). In order
to see the whole thing, I had to walk down the hall to the bedroom,
and up close the perspective
was all distorted. The gray figures in front are painted on cutout
boards that stand three inches
in front of the rest.
(clothed and nude versions)
oil stick on board, dimensions variable, 7 feet tall, 1989
The nude figure was painted on a wood
panel such as those used in hollow-core doors
and cut to
shape. The clothes were painted separately on another
panel, with hooks on
the back to fasten
the clothes to the body like an old fashioned
paper doll. This was, in
fact, part of a series of paintings
called paper dolls. All
paintings in this series have long
since been sold or given away. the last I knew,
this one belonged to
the woman who posed
for it. The original study for this was done in oil stick on
Fomecore board. It was 17 inches tall.
Many years after I painted this I created a collage from the
study. I called it
"Little Joan with Mask." It's on my
4th and Columbia
oil stick on board, circa 1990
I did a series of five or six city scenes
from sketches done in downtown Olympia, Washington.
I no longer
have any of them. They've been sold, given away or lost, and this is
the only one I
have a photo of.
Video Series: Self-portrait
oil stick and
acrylic on canvas, 18.5" x 16.5" 1989