Portfolio > Private Places

My current series, Private Places, is about the common human impulse to dream-up a “better place” and aspire to live in comfort, ease and harmony among like-minded people. A vacation I took with my family to a resort on the Big Island of Hawaii was where this project began. My experience in this luxurious, private place in “paradise” inspired me to dig deeper into the different kinds of gated communities out there and what it’s like to live in or spend time in them. Framing questions around “the darker sides of utopia” I look at a range of places and social trends like neo-communal entities, self-segregation, lifestyle communities, gated communities, golf/leisure communities, home-owners’ associations, and gated new towns/communities. These are all locations from which I find interviewees and subject matter for the work. Through the visual concepts of the paintings, I share our relationships with these private places and ask, “who or what may be excluded as we put up gates and fortify boundaries, and at what cost to ourselves and society?”.

Organically spreading warm stains explosively fill the sky above a loosely painted wedding scene.
Oil on acrylic dyed canvas over board
30" x 40"
2021
Detail of a burning hot sky above a wedding party
Oil on acrylic dyed canvas over board
30" x 40"
2021
Coto de Caza
Oil on acrylic dyed canvas over board
30" x 40"
2021
Coto de Caza, detail
Oil on acrylic dyed canvas over board
30" x 40"
2021
Carefree Country Club
Oil on acrylic dyed canvas over board
30" x 40"
2020
Carefree Country Club, detail
Oil on acrylic dyed canvas over board
30" x 40"
2020
High-key painting expressionistically painted landscape in saturated warm colors, representing a basketball court in a gated community in near Las Vegas
Oil on acrylic dyed canvas over board
30" x 40"
2020
High-key painting expressionistically painted landscape in saturated warm colors, representing a basketball court in a gated community in near Las Vegas
Oil on acrylic dyed canvas over board
30" x 40"
2020
High-key painting expressionistically painted landscape in saturated warm colors, representing a tennis court in a gated community in Tennessee
Oil on acrylic dyed canvas over board
30" x 40"
2020
High-key painting expressionistically painted landscape in saturated warm colors, representing a tennis court in a gated community in Tennessee
Oil on acrylic dyed canvas over board
30" x 40"
2020
High-key painting expressionistically painted in warm colors, representing a sun-bleached and idyllic gated community with palm trees and pools.
Oil on acrylic dyed canvas over board
30" x 40"
2019
High-key painting expressionistically painted in warm colors, representing a sun-bleached and idyllic private patio with a pool
Oil on acrylic dyed canvas over board
30" x 40"
2019
High-key expressionistically painted image in warm colors, representing a sun-bleached and idyllic private resort on ocean
Oil and spray paint on acrylic dyed canvas over board
30" x 40"
2019
High-key expressionistically painted image in warm colors, representing a sun-bleached and idyllic private resort on ocean
Oil and spray paint on acrylic dyed canvas over board
30" x 40"
2019
High-key expressionistically painted image in warm colors, representing a sun-bleached and idyllic private back patio and pool
Oil and spray paint on acrylic dyed canvas over board
30" x 40"
2019
High-key painting expressionistically painted in warm colors, representing a sun-bleached and idyllic private patio with a pool
Oil and spray paint on acrylic dyed canvas over board
30" x 40"
2019
High-key painting expressionistically painted image in pastel colors, representing a idyllic private golf resort overlooking the ocean
Oil on unstretched acrylic stained canvas
126" x 70"
2019
Tangled fence design obscures the view of a painting, painted in a high-key palette of a dreamy landscape painted in oils and acrylic stains, representing a golf course overlooking the ocean.
Installation view: Vinyl on glass, oil on unstretched acrylic stained canvas
139 ½” x 94” x 63"
2019
Tangled fence design obscures the view of a painting, painted in a high-key palette of a dreamy landscape painted in oils and acrylic stains, representing a golf course overlooking the ocean.
Installation view: Vinyl on glass, oil on unstretched acrylic stained canvas
139 ½” x 94” x 63"
2019
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