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A Googie. Star-Telegram Classifieds Annex / Tarrant Savings Association Bldg. , 21 x 17, oil on canvas, 2007. "Googie" is an architectural term for futuristic, space-age design popular from the late 1940s to the mid 60s. This 1960 building at 600 Taylor Street, Fort Worth, Texas, was a daring example of the style and reflected the the vitality & optimism of the time. It was ready to be saved & restored, but didn't quite make it.
Apples, 8 x 10, oil on canvas, 2002. One spring, each of our kids picked a fruit tree to plant in our yard. This painting shows the first harvest of my son, Dillon's apple tree. We made a pie from these apples, YumYum! Even better was the taste when eaten fresh. I'd forgotten what a fresh-off-the-tree apple tasted like.
Super Heros, garage sale series, 8 x 10, oil on canvas, 2004 (Garage Sale Series). Another west-side Fort Worth garage sale. Mostly toys, 1980's stuff. Toys that had seen action such as powder burns, missing limbs. Some of the figures were reinvented as variations on a Frankenstein theme. Naratives must've played-out in the kid's imagination. Similar to what happens when a director makes a movie. Molding and shaping the actors to tell the story.
I am Garlic, 12 x 12, oil on canvas, 2009. I ate it raw like an apple as a kid, spitting the paper-like covering to the ground. Grow it in the garden to encourage the roses. When my kids were younger, we made the "One and Only Garlic Spaghetti" to help celebrate state occasions such as; a open house, an award, a performance or science fair at the school. We ate a whole lot of garlic, still do.