Water Circus Series

The water circus series developed as I approached retirement from teaching art at Brevard Community College in 2006. I was inspired by the development of several paintings that evolved from anthropomorphizing manmade objects into imaginary characters. The characters suggested imaginary environments that were developed while listening to classical music and from looking at plant life found on my walks. (Note: Images 1-31 are the Water Circus Series.)

Fruit and Vegetable Landscapes

The “Fruit and Vegetable Series” started when a friend brought me some turnips from North Carolina. I had not seen any since I was growing up. Turnip greens are one of my favorite vegetables to eat, and really only knew them as the dark leafy cooked vegetables. The beauty fascinated me and contrast of the bulbous white and purple roots next to the broad, dark green leaves, and was inspired to use them in a painting. I visualized a composition of turnips in an environment of twists and turns, and did a quick sketch. Later, as I continued to develop the idea, I happened to see a Tern. I liked the synergistic relationship of the symbols and terms that evolved into the painting “Ternip”. From then on I was challenged to see how I could combine other fruit and vegetables into new and unusual “mindscapes.” (Note: Images 32-45 are Fruit and Vegetable Landscapes.)

Barrier Series

During the early to mid 1980’s I did a series including signs, arrows, blinking lights, and road barricades as my visual vocabulary. This series later evolved into non-literal symbols, but continued to emphasize the changes that were taking place in our environment. The series started when the City of Melbourne was undergoing major construction on two causeway bridges that added to the chaos of daily life and were metaphors for change. Note: Images 46-72 are Barrier Series.)