statement regarding Fictions


Each painting in this series is conceived as the voice of an individual, or group of individuals, or narrator. They speak through text stenciled on the unpainted region. Only the titles reflect my own unmediated voice.  

After completing a few, I noticed that many of the voices sounded as if they were trapped in circumstances they could not control. This was not planned but once noted, I chose to follow it as a general theme.


I compose the words of each voice on the unpainted section. I do not quote anyone. Only in the titles do I reference the words or the work of other artists.   


The canvases rarely exceed five feet in any direction. Expanding beyond that scale tends to amplify a voice to stridency, which disturbs the equilibrium between word and image and what I feel is the most effective scale for the art of painting. 


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December 2023