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William Faulkner once wrote, “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.” (Requiem for a Nun) Today’s conflicts and thorny issues are revealed through an understanding of the past. Meaning can be sought through text and identification. It is during the slow, physical process of painting my mind wanders. I imagine I am that child. It is a static image and yet it is full of potential associations based upon my research. That said, I choose subjects that explore today’s issues: racial tension, gun violence, and war in the Middle East. These paintings, both personal and universal, look at the past to help me find compassion and understanding in the present.

Civil War era school boy, two African American children picking cotton, Confederate flag
oil on canvas
60 x 48"
2015
boys posing as soldiers
oil on linen
76.25 x 47.5"
2014
Two young WWI era men, American eagle, ruined building
oil on canvas
63 x 69"
2013
Boy soldiers of WWI era
oil on canvas
71 x 78"
2013
Dulce et Decorum Est by Wilfred Owen
poem by Wilfred Owen
1918
young boy and girl in a heavily painted painting field
oil on canvas
11 x 14"
2011
young child holding a rifle
oil on linen
26 x 13"
2014