Through my paintings, I try to convey a spirit, a memory, a feeling of what I define as a “southern” way of life. I explore my heritage and that of my wife to find people/personalities, stories, and evidence of a time past, a time when there was a pride in what you did, how you did it and how you carried yourself. I use a mixed media approach in an attempt to convey the spirit of the working class ideal.
The composition is inspired by old snapshots and family photos. Some are tightly cropped, and others have expansive negative areas. I employ a weathered surface created from furniture and liming wax to age the image with a clear coat of varnish to encapsulate the idea, much like a memory.