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    Freedom of Speech

    6" x 6" Hot Wax and Mixed Media on Birch Board (2015)

    One of my favorite small pieces. Sold at my most recent show.
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    Gearing Down

    6" x 6" Hot Wax and Mixed Media on Birch Board (2015)

    Used a stencil here, with plaster, ink, colored beads, . . and a butane torch.
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    Threat of a Good Example

    24" x 24" Cold Wax and Mixed Media on Board (2015)

    One of my favorite Cold Wax pieces; love the rich colors I got from shaving pastel onto the "wet" cold wax.
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    Not My Hieroglyphs

    6" x 6" Hot Wax, Plaster and Gold Ink on Board (2015)

    Torched the wood here before adding wax and ink.
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    Along the River Banks

    30" x 40" Hot Wax and Mixed Media on Birch Board (2015)

    Lots of creating texture with a heat gun in this piece, which also includes metal beads, sand, and a strip of wood.
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    Red Square

    24" x 48" Hot Wax and Mixed Media on Board (2015)

    The largest wax piece I've done yet. Very labor intensive.
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    Rediscovering My Hippie Roots

    11" x 14" Hot Wax and Oil Pastel on Board (2015)

    No explanation needed.
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    Simple Thoughts

    5" x 7" Hot and Cold Wax and Mixed Media on Birch Board (2014)

    Burning into the wood, before and after adding wax.
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    Wisdom of the Ancients

    8" x 10" Hot Wax and Mixed Media on Birch Board (2014)

    Exploring burning with a torch, lighting wet shellac, and plaster.
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    Shimmering Fantasy

    16" x 20" Hot Wax and Mixed Media on Board (2014)

    Lot's of texture built up in this piece, as well as bright colors achieved with oil pastel.
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    Winter Solstice

    8" x 10" Hot and Cold Wax and Mixed Media on Board (2014)

    Love the look of this, almost like stained glass, that the shellac gave it. This piece sold in my most recent show.
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    Night Swimming

    5" x 7" Cold wax and mixed media on board (2014)

    Sort of gives me a feeling of being under water
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    Accretion Blues

    5" x 7" Wax on Birch Board (2014)

    Building up a very textural surface with the wax, sort of a "dry brush" technique.
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    Flare Up

    20"x16" Cold Wax and Mixed Media on Masonite (2014)

    Ruminations about conflict areas, particularly in the colonized regions of the Middle East
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    Este

    24"x24" Beeswax and Mixed Media on Board (2014)

    This took several months to whip into a place where I felt it was finished. A long exploration of beeswax, mixed media, dry pigment and textures.
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    Accretion Blues

    5"x7" Beeswax and Mixed Media on Birch Board (2014)

    An exploration of the process of accretion; sort of dry-brushing with hot wax to form a very textured piece.
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    Olive Trees

    7"x9" Beeswax and Mixed Median on Birch Board (2014)

    Thinking about loss of livelihood in the colonized/occupied regions of the Middle East
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    Shellac Burn 01

    6"x6" Cold Wax, Shellac and Mixed Media on Birch Board (2014)

    Playing with Shellac, cold wax and a heat gun. Very fun.
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    Freedomination

    6"x6" Cold Wax and Mixed Media on Birch Board (2014)

    One of a series of text-based pieces (see also "Bank of America")
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    Silver Skyline

    7"x9" Cold Wax and Mixed Media on Canvas Board (2014)

    Playing with cold wax, melted crayons, and silver beads
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    Fukushima; My Master, My Savior

    24"x24" Cold Wax and Mixed Media on Plywood (2013)

    A difficult piece, in many ways. A meditation on nuclear power, control and the lack of it, truth-telling and the lack of it, entropy and disaster.
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    Wax Axis

    16"x20" Cold Wax and Mixed Media on Board (2013)

    Cold Wax not only gives a waxy, almost translucent finish, but does a good job of adhering found objects to the surface. In this case, wood, plastic strips, and aluminum foil, as well as some plaster.
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    Visions

    5"x7" Cold Wax and Mixed Media on Canvas Board (2013)

    Built up the surface with crackle paste first, then layered pigments and cold wax medium, pastel shavings and black ink. Really like this one!
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    Inner Worlds

    5"x7" Oil and mixed media on Canvas Board (2013)

    One of my favorite small-scaled pieces, with layerd of cold wax medium, oil, foil, pastel shavings, metal beads and white ink
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    This and That

    6"x8" Oil and Cold Wax Medium on canvas board (2013)

    Another of my small-scale explorations of layering with Cold Wax Medium and oil pigments, with pastel shavings and white ink
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    Sometimes I Think About Flying

    5"x7" Mixed media on canvas board (2013)

    Working with Oil bars, crackle paste, tissue paper, ink and cold wax medium
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    Just Capital

    5"x7" Photo transfer and cold wax medium with ink on canvas board (2013)

    Another exploration of Cold Wax, with a photo transfer and white ink
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    Aimless Musings

    5"x7" Oil, cold wax mediaum, string, pastel shavings on canvas board

    One of my first explorations of Cold Wax
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    Prototype

    18" x 24" Oil on Canvas (2013)

    A bit of a departure for me. Done for the "Art of Racing" show at the Speedway Center for the Arts in Speedway, IN, in May of this year.
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    Cubist Musings

    5"x7" Oil on Canvas Board (2012)

    Done while exploring cubism, and while working on "Guanajuato Cubed"
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    Mexican Holiday

    5" x 7" oil on canvas board (2012)

    Did this piece while exploring cubism, and while working on "Guanajuato Cubed"
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    Mini Rumors

    5"x7" oil on canvas board (2012)

    Smaller, simplified version of "Distant Rumors"
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    Explaining the Higgs Boson

    24" x 24" Oil on plywood (2013)

    Every now and then, I return to the 24" x 24" format, to work on a surface that doesn't already suggest a direction or favor a way of organizing. This was also an exploring of textures, and a beginning of the use of oil sticks rather than brushes. Sort of a deconstruction of previous practices, where I also layered, then scraped off, then layered again a lot of pigment to make a very dense image.
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    The Search (Homer)

    20" x 16" Oil on Canvas (2013)

    I worked on this one a long time, starting with traditional oils and finishing with oil sticks about six months later. In the right light, it almost glows.
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    Graphing Bubble Economics

    40" x 30" Oil on Canvas (2013)

    Lot's of layering here, of hues obscured by thin layers of other hues, of contrasting shapes and colors, slightly obscuring firgure and ground.
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    Psychotropic windows

    30" x 40" Oil on Canvas (2013)

    Playing with textures and illusionistic techniques, as if the surface is an collision of different planes and angles. Also, done when I was first starting to play with oil sticks. Here is a mixture of brushed pigments and oil sticks.
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    Exactly Like I Remember

    15" x 30" Oil on Canvas (2013)

    Developed by layering several thin layers of oils and liquin. Playing also with the idea of mistaken memories; they image may feel like a remembered cityscape reflected on the water, . . . yet none of the reflections are of visible objects, and the objects are not generally reflected, causing doubt as to the accuracy of even vividly remembered things.
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    Uncertain Memories

    20" x 16" Oil on Canvas board (2013)

    I've been exploring oil sticks recently, as well as making abstracts by painting and then scraping away portions of the painting to reveal unexpected designs underneath.
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    Untitled

    16" x 20" Oil and mixed media on canvas board (2013)

    Done when going through a phase where I am interested in texture and surface as much as image. Also, using oil sticks instead of brushes, as well as building up surfaces with other mediums.
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    Bank of America

    24" x 24" Oil on plywood (2013)

    First in a planned 'obscured/revealed' series. Design applied to square 24"x24" board, then covered over with solid layer of pigment or two, then parts scraped off to reveal the design underneath. Then text added on top.
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    Guanajuato Cubed

    40" x 30" Oil on Canvas (2012)

    Completed in summer of 2012. Inspired by my trip to Guanajuato, Mexico, in 2010. One of my most ambitious pieces, done after several months of looking at early cubist painters like Albert Gleizes and Jean Metzinger, Lyonel Feininger, Robert Delauney, etc.
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    Necessary Places (Eagle Creek Park)

    30" x 15" Mixed media on board (2012)

    A very different piece for me, made from gels, acrylics, photo transfer, metal beads and coffee grounds. Exploring some aspects of a large city park near where I live in Indianapolis.
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    Guanajuato #2

    20" x 16" Oil on Canvas (2011)

    A slightly-abstracted, impressionist look at the town of Guanajuato, Mexico, looking down one of the many steep callejones.
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    Guanajuato #3

    30" x 22" Oil on Canvas (2011)

    A whimsical look at the town of Guanajuato, Mexico, where I spent a couple of months in the summer of 2010.
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    Resistance to Fractals

    60" x 36" Oil on Canvas (2012)

    This is my largest canvas to date. It is a break from my series of Mexico-inspired abstracts, though it explores some of the same ideas.
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    Mexico#3

    24" x 18" Oil on Canvas (2011)

    I think the most successful so far of my series of abstracts inspired by my 2010 trip to Mexico.
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    Mexico#1

    16" x 20" Oil on Canvas (2011)

    In the summer of 2010, I spent two months in Guanajuato, Mexico, studying Mexican Art History at the University of Guanajuato. This is the first in a series of paintings that was inspired by that trip.
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    17 Calle de Plateros (Guanajuato)

    20" x 16" Oil on Canvas 2011

    This abstract is more representational than most; it is a more impressionistic view of the house I lived in for two months while studying Mexican Art History at the University of Guanajuato, in Guanajuato, Mexico.
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    Breton's Misgivings

    16" x 20" Oil on Canvas 2011

    Sort of an intuitive, spontaneous nod to Surrealism, and Andre Breton.
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    Freedomination

    16" x 20", Oil on canvas (2011)

    I struggled for weeks with this piece, turning it side to side and upside down, unable to pull it together until I placed the heavy, black rectangle on the left side, . . and it suddenly seemed to work. The words make reference to issues that have absorbed me lately; issues of late-era predatory capitalism.
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    Give and Take

    24" x 24" mixed media on plywood (2004)

    This was the most successful of a series I did on 24" x 24" plywood boards. I wanted to work with squares, so there was no direction implied by the shape of the 'canvas'. I began cutting into the surface of the plywood, and discovered I like the texture so much, it became intergral to the way the piece developed.
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    InKlined

    20" x 16" Oil on Canvas (2011)

    Many of my pieces are visual "conversations" with the works of other artists. This is a nod to abstract impressionist Franz Kline.
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    New Beginning

    20" x 16", Oil on canvas (2011)

    The first abstract I painted after setting up in my Stutz building studio.
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    Untitled 2011

    20" x 16" Oil on Canvas (2011)

    Often display this alongside "New Beginning". They were painted several months apart, but seem to have a sibling relationship.
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    Ode-to-Guston

    22" x 28" Oil on Canvas (2011)

    Another of my conversations with other artists. This was painted in the spring of 2011, while I was having a series of 'conversations' with various abstract impressionists of the 40s and 50s. This was in response to some early work by Philip Guston.
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    Good Friday

    30" x 22" Oil on Canvas (2011)

    A darker meditation on religion, fanatacism, torture, martyrdom, and the multitude of unintended consequenses that result from our actions.
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    Distant Rumors

    24" x 20" Oil on Canvas (2009-11)

    This created a mood for me, a sense of a distant event, of wonder, of a slight danger.
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    Personal Spaces

    24" x 24" Mixed media on plywood (2004)

    Second of a series of pieces on plywood that wound up being very dimensional, very sculptural, while exploring the confines of a square "canvas".
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    Pinks and Oranges

    30" x 24", Oil and liquin on canvas (2004)

    A formal exercise in creating a floating, vibrating center that has a highly translucent feel. It looks different in every kind of light, and from different angles.
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    Reclining Nude

    18" x 24", Oil pastel on paper (2002)

    Simply playing around with form and color, while drawing from life.
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    Untitled

    20" x 16" Oil on Canvas (2011)

    Now in private collection. Exploration of colors I was using in my Mexico-inspired pieces.
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    Blue Cow (Mexico #2)

    22" x 28" Oil on Canvas (2011)

    Inspired by my time in Mexico, this abstract explored colors and themes in my other Mexico-inspired paintings, and when I stepped back from it, the portion in the lower right reminded me of a blue cow. Now in a private collection.
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    Untitled

    22" x 28" Oil on Canvas (1998)

    One of my earliest abstracts. Now in a private collection.
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    Storm Passing

    22" x 28", Oil on canvas (1998)

    Painted of an apartment complex in which I formerly lived, while looking at a large number of sixteenth century Dutch landscapes.
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    Fallacies of Neoliberal Economics

    30" x 22" Oil on Canvas (2011)

    Exploration of layers and textures, with geometric forms uncomforatbly overlaid on top. Now in private collection.
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    Malia

    22" x 30" Oil on Canvas (2004)

    One of my few naturalistic works. Inspired by the daughter of my wife's cousin. Now in private collection.
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    Madison on the Lake

    20" x 16" Oil on Canvas (2009)

    Inspired by an early morning walk along the shore of Lake Erie, at a family cottage. Now in private collection.