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In Private Places, I used my direct experiences in a gated community in Hawai’i to frame questions around the darker sides of utopia. Neo-communal entities, self-segregation, lifestyle communities, gated communities and golf/leisure communities became my sources of visual research; they speak of luxury, leisure, excess and exclusivity while simultaneously hinting at a looming chaos in the form of ecological and societal breakdown. These painterly interpretations of our contemporary American landscape shine a light on our cultures’ impulse toward fantasy and perfectionism as well as it’s unwillingness to change or take responsibility for climate change and our contribution to it.

Otherworldly seascape glimpsed through a torn construction fence. Masked spray paint defines a chainlink fence separating viewer from paradise.
Oil and spray paint on acrylic dyed canvas over board
48" x 60"
2018
Otherworldly seascape glimpsed through a torn construction fence. Masked spray paint defines a chainlink fence separating viewer from paradise.
Oil and spray paint on acrylic dyed canvas over board
48" x 60"
2018
Men play golf in the foreground as a giant wildfire rages behind them, painted in an expressionistic and semi-abstract way.
Oil and spray paint on acrylic dyed canvas
48" x 48"
2018
Men play golf in the foreground as a giant wildfire rages behind them, painted in an expressionistic and semi-abstract way.
Oil and spray paint on acrylic dyed canvas
48" x 48"
2018
Fantasy tropical landscape with painterly warm colors stained, daubed and brushed expressionistically painted idyllic resort with lagoon and waterfall.
Oil on acrylic dyed canvas
47.5" x 48"
2018
Fantasy tropical landscape with painterly warm colors stained, daubed and brushed expressionistically painted idyllic resort with lagoon and waterfall.
Oil on acrylic dyed canvas
47.5" x 48"
2018
Expressively painted scene of golfers on a golf course below an orange and burning sky. A chain link fence is seen in the foreground, acting as a barrier to entering the idyllic landscape.
Oil and screen-printing on acrylic dyed canvas over board
8" x 10"
2018
Idyllic scene of an endless pool in Hawaii broken up by a bent and tangled chain-link fance
Oil and spray paint on acrylic dyed canvas over board
48" x 60"
2018
Detail shot of Idyllic scene of an endless pool in Hawaii broken up by a bent and tangled chain-link fance
Oil and spray paint on acrylic dyed canvas over board
48" x 60"
2018
Tropical resort scene painted in think, loose, and brightly colored strokes.
Oil on acrylic dyed canvas over board
30" x 40"
2018
Sun-drenched golf course in Hawaii held at tempting distance by an elaborate blue metal gate.
Oil and spray paint on acrylic dyed canvas over board
15" x 24"
2018
Screen-printed chain-link fence over a warm-hued scene of an idyllic town overlooking a reflective lake.
Oil and screen-printing on acrylic dyed canvas over board
14" x 11"
2018