Gallery Affiliations: Duane Reed Gallery
I make paintings that traffic in ideas from politics to social culture, from serious to not so serious (funny). I count amongst my influences the spirits of Mark Twain, Stanley Kubrick, Jack Kerouac, Erich von Stroheim, Christian Schad, Otto Dix, Ernest Hemingway, Gloria Swanson, Maynard G. Krebs, W.C. Fields, Billy Wilder, John Huston, Winston Churchill, Buster Keaton, Leni Riefenstahl, Nick Cave, Tom Waits, Arthur Conan Doyle, Arnold Schoenberg, Gustav Mahler, Patti Smith, Pink Floyd, Ulf Timmermann, Rainer Maria Rilke, Ezra Pound, and most painters in the history of western civilization and some who hail from other locales. I consider this work as a kind of image sorting, a kind of improvisation. Convincingly painted images are necessary to bring the whole collage of ideas and references off. I think paintings are still more important than movies.