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THE FLOSSER (Revisited) Finished in 2005 and repainted in 2013 oil and acrylic on canvas 57 x 57

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 Everything I have ever done is grounded in drawing.  I consider my 2013 work to be my creative breakthrough moment, the culmination of a lifetime of quiet research and development. 
 In this new series I have found the right balance of line weight, color, composition, scale, message and subject.  The sources of inspiration are wide ranging:  evolution, predation in nature, Ray Harryhausen, extinction, my cats, the Asian girl, the love of the Asian girl, my victory over depression and brush with suicide, my razor sharp wit, and good old fashioned light and shadow. 
  I have fallen in love with acrylic paints after using oils for many years, and I sometimes like to work on the backside of sized canvas because it has the color and feel of the manila paper I used to draw on as a child.  Lately I have been taking old "finished" paintings, some 8 years old, like the one above, off  the storage rack and messing with them.  This has been a lot of fun and the final result is often unexpected. 
  Ray Harryhausen has always been the man for me, and I've been drawing his Cyclops from "The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad" (among other creatures from his other films) pretty much since I was old enough to draw representationally.  In June 2013 I sent Ray an email with a few jpegs to thank him and to show him what I do but as luck would have it he died the next week. 
  The studio that I now occupy has been a game changer,  giving me the freedom to work on at least 30 large paintings at once in a maze-like arrangement of movable walls that best suits my creative process.   Since I have the space, I have discovered the liberating experience of also working on the floor, where gravity is now my friend. 


 
Taking My Meds  oil on canvas  73 X 78 inches
 
 

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