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Monthly Archives: April 2015

Childhood redux

I wish I had this painting for the Childhood in Decline exhibit at the now defunct Blank Canvas Gallery in New Hope, PA. But I needed to read the owner’s statement for the show to create this painting. She wrote of her difficult childhood, and I have been thinking of it on and off for over a month. I created this painting using her statement as inspiration, as well as the affecting photographs of poor children, Spitalfields Nippers by Horace Warner. A compilation of mug shots by Raynal Pellicer and An Illustrated History of Boxing by Nat Fleischer and Sam Andres, updated by Dan Rafael were also consulted.

Boxing angel Boxing angel (detail)

After a long dry spell

I am happy with this dancer with the face of a fighter. The past few months have seen a lot of starts and stops with nothing coming together in a way that was meaningful for me. I found the face for this painting in the Illustrated History of Boxing and a similar figure to the one I painted in a book about male ballet dancers. Combining the beautiful with the ugly makes for a compelling image.

Dancer with face of a fighter