Perhaps it 's because I turned 60 nine months ago that I've painted six self-portraits during that time and find myself also looking back at some of my earlier work. The earliest I'm posting is 1980 with a few from 84-87. All the paintings from 1980 were painted in one sitting and most are 24x30. I had been painting full time for five years in 1980 but didn't start going out on location on a daily bases until 1979. At that point I had met George Van Hook, James B. Moore and Curtiss Otto and started painting with them each, mostly with George. It was a great learning and growth period. We were painting at least three 24x30's each day. The energy and enthusiasm was addicting. I think the smallest size we worked was 16x20. My work was rough and not always drawn well, but it was fearless. I'm not sure I could pull off a 24x30 in one shot today. I had a naive passion in the early work. The passion is still there except with a much more formed and critical eye. I thought it would be interesting to post these works showing where I've come from. I've also included a couple of portraits. Thanks for taking a look. Some of the paintings are in storage and others I copied to jpeg from old slides. You'll be able to tell the difference.
Auto shop, Arcata, Ca.
Auto shop, Arcata, Ca.
Outdoor portrait, Arcata, Ca.
|1981 24x36 This is the house I where I grew up in Ontario Ca. I think of this|
as a self-portrait, I'm reflected in the sliding glass door
|1984 20x30 |
I've started working on paintings more than one sitting by the time
I painted this work at the dry dock.
This is Justin on my pickup truck. He is the son of a friend
Justin again on his front porch
Painting of a friend Suk Cho Kim
This was a commission of Paul Ricards grandfather. He was in his 90's and
I painted this at their home.
Tanker and Tug Eureka, Ca.
Holt and Euclid Ontario, Ca.
I spent two weeks camping and painting in Mt. Lassen park in the fall
San Gabriel Mountains, Southern Ca. While visiting my folks in Ontario I have
painted many works throughout the area. I recently took this out of storage and
spent a couple hours reworking some areas. I'm pleased with this piece.
San Antionio Dam Spillway, S. Ca.
The grey part of the sky is the valley smog.
Rouge River, Oregon
Above the smog filled valley in Southern Ca.
Self-Portrait 1980 30x30 oil on canvas