Notes from museums in Washington D.C.

I stayed in Washington D.C. for three days and was overwhelmed by the art collections within the city. Sketching inside each museum was difficult. I didn’t want to linger too long on any one particular piece for fear that I would miss out on the many other significant works of art on view. Perhaps another 3-4 weeks in town would have helped me digest all that I saw.

Saturday, December 14th, 2013. The Phillips Collection.  Portrait of Madame Augustine Roulin and Baby Marcelle, 1888. After Vincent Van Gogh.

Saturday, December 14th, 2013. The Phillips Collection. Portrait of Madame Augustine Roulin and Baby Marcelle, 1888. After Vincent Van Gogh.

Saturday, December 14th, 2013. The Phillips Collection. Renoir Luncheon of the Boating Party (Detail), 1880-81. After Pierre-Auguste Renoir.

Saturday, December 14th, 2013. The Phillips Collection. Renoir Luncheon of the Boating Party (Detail), 1880-81. After Pierre-Auguste Renoir.

Saturday, December 14th, 2013. Corcoran Gallery of Art.

Saturday, December 14th, 2013. Corcoran Gallery of Art.

Sunday, December 15th, 2013. The National Gallery. Rembrandt van Rijn self-portrait, 1659.

Sunday, December 15th, 2013. The National Gallery. Rembrandt van Rijn self-portrait, 1659.

Sunday, December 15th, 2013. The National Gallery. Bust of Louis XIV, 1700.

Sunday, December 15th, 2013. The National Gallery. Bust of Louis XIV, 1700.

Sunday, December 15th, 2013. The National Gallery. Little Dancer aged fourteen, wax statuette, 1879-1881 by Edgar Degas.

Sunday, December 15th, 2013. The National Gallery. Little Dancer aged fourteen, wax statuette, 1879-1881 by Edgar Degas.

Sunday, December 15th, 2013. The National Gallery. The Reading GIrl by Pietro Magni, 1861.

Sunday, December 15th, 2013. The National Gallery. The Reading GIrl by Pietro Magni, 1861.

Monday, December 16th, 2013. National Portrait Gallery. Bust of Andrew Jackson by Ferdinand Pettrich,1836.

Monday, December 16th, 2013. The National Portrait Gallery. Bust of Andrew Jackson by Ferdinand Pettrich,1836.

Monday, December 16th, 2013. National Portrait Gallery. Abraham Lincoln plaster life mask by Leonard Wells Volk, 1860.

Monday, December 16th, 2013. The National Portrait Gallery. Abraham Lincoln plaster life mask by Leonard Wells Volk, 1860.

Monday, December 16th, 2013. National Portrait Gallery.

Monday, December 16th, 2013. The National Portrait Gallery. Undinea, 1884 by Chauncey Bradley Ives.

Monday, December 16th, 2013. National Portrait Gallery.

Monday, December 16th, 2013. The National Portrait Gallery. The Spanish Dancer, 179-82 by John Singer Sargent.

Distant Sun

In this series of paintings and collages, I present the viewer with dystopian scenes. I draw inspiration from science fiction films and novels. Just as movies and books tell stories, my pictorial work pieces together a fractured narrative.

“Distant Sun” utilizes photographs found in magazines, brochures and art catalogs. These fragmented source materials serve as ingredients for painting as well as stand alone collages. One goal is to create scenes that are exotic yet familiar. The pictures are never fully planned. Materials guide the path of each composition. Collage works focus on environments while the paintings give the viewer a closer look at the inhabitants of a future world.

The images are fantastic while addressing real world concerns. Like many science fiction fanatics, I am obsessed with the consequence of human action. Fractured skies and jagged buildings seen in my collages suggest a struggle between man and nature. Painted figures are engulfed by their environments. Many figures are pieced together from odd clothing with visible seams between body parts suggesting a dormant insanity within us. Now, we are unable to see it but when the wheel breaks loose the distortion becomes the norm. It is a bleak outlook on the future but I expect the viewer to discover beauty in the scenes.

Carer 10"x15" Gouache and water color on paper. 2012

Carer
10″x15″
Gouache and water color on paper.
2012

Daybreak 16"x32" Oil on canvas. 2012

Daybreak
16″x32″
Oil on canvas.
2012

One Percent 30"x40" Oil on canvas. 2012

One Percent
30″x40″
Oil on canvas.
2012

The Museum 30"x48" Oil on canvas. 2013

The Museum
30″x48″
Oil on canvas.
2013

Meat Jacket 48"x30" Oil on canvas. 2013

Meat Jacket
48″x30″
Oil on canvas.
2013

    Sounds of Thunder     36"x45"     Oil on canvas.     2013

Sounds of Thunder
36″x45″
Oil on canvas.
2013