Autos

Autos

Most people only appreciate an old truck if it is free of signs of age. I on the other hand love the way an old truck can exhibit character by the wearing away of paint applied by different owners. I like to locate, isolate and than do a painting of the areas that look like an abstract painting. I also love to look for dynamic compositions in the way these trucks are grouped together in yards and fields. I strive to find these compositions hidden on the surfaces of the most mundane things. Subway billboards that have layers of old posters are a new favorite of mine. People who keep them in running condition and don’t see the need to restore them to their original states are considered by me to be kindred spirits. I also love to look for dynamic compositions in the way these trucks are laid to rest.

"Dennis's Citroen" 2002, 21” x 14” watercolor. Donna Caville commissioned this painting for her husband Dennis. I decided to do a montage of this most loved car.

“Dennis’s Citroen” 2002, 21” x 14” watercolor.
Donna Caville commissioned this painting for her husband Dennis. I decided to do a montage of this most loved car.

“Truck Grouping”, 2005, 14”x21” This grouping of trucks really seems to capture a place in time. It evokes the hot days of summer with much stillness in the air except for maybe the buzzing of small winged creatures.

“Truck Grouping”, 2005, 14”x21”
This grouping of trucks really seems to capture a place in time. It evokes the hot days of summer with much stillness in the air except for maybe the buzzing of small winged creatures.

“Dodge Gasoline Truck”, 1999, (blue, 3/4 view), 20” x 30” Watercolor This gas truck was painted on location in the Virginia Truckee Railroad yard. It was my first truck painting and I chose to show it in the landscape. Collection of Russell Zinnerman

“Dodge Gasoline Truck”, 1999, (blue, 3/4 view), 20” x 30” Watercolor
This gas truck was painted on location in the Virginia Truckee Railroad yard. It was my first truck painting and I chose to show it in the landscape.
Collection of Russell Zinnerman

"Chevrolet Side Panel", 2000, 14” x 21” Watercolor This view gives just enough information to the viewer to be recognizable as a trunk. The surface is wonderfully textured. It remains me of the brush strokes of an abstract painting. This trunk’s location was in the Nevada desert. Collection of Jan Johnson

“Chevrolet Side Panel”, 2000, 14” x 21” Watercolor
This view gives just enough information to the viewer to be recognizable as a trunk. The surface is wonderfully textured. It remains me of the brush strokes of an abstract painting. This trunk’s location was in the Nevada desert. Collection of Jan Johnson

“Blue Panel”, 2002, (side view), 14” x 21” Time has created an abstract painting on the surface of an old truck. You can still detect the clues to the identity of the subject. While in art school I studied non- objective painting. This painting is the most abstract of all my realist paintings. Collection of Jake Thomas

“Blue Panel”, 2002, (side view), 14” x 21”
Time has created an abstract painting on the surface of an old truck. You can still detect the clues to the identity of the subject. While in art school I studied non- objective painting. This painting is the most abstract of all my realist paintings. Collection of Jake Thomas

“Studebaker Champ 1962”, 2000, (orange), 21”x14” Watercolor This is a close-up of a Studebaker’s front end. The blue toned chrome complements the orange body. I enjoyed the play of geometric shapes. The modernism of the early 60s pops out.

“Studebaker Champ 1962”, 2000, (orange), 21”x14” Watercolor
This is a close-up of a Studebaker’s front end. The blue toned chrome complements the orange body. I enjoyed the play of geometric shapes. The modernism of the early 60s pops out.

“GMC Truck”, 2002, 21”x !4” watercolor I really enjoyed painting this piece because the paint seemed to flow effortlessly from my brush. This is difficult to explain, but it felt like a divine hand was doing all of the work. I think I got the tension between the apparent realism and the abstraction created by flattening the perspective just right.

“GMC Truck”, 2002, 21”x !4” watercolor
I really enjoyed painting this piece because the paint seemed to flow effortlessly from my brush. This is difficult to explain, but it felt like a divine hand was doing all of the work. I think I got the tension between the apparent realism and the abstraction created by flattening the perspective just right.

“Yellow GMC Truck” front, 2002, 14” x 21” I really enjoyed painting this piece because the paint seemed to flow effortlessly from my brush. This is difficult to explain, but it felt like a divine hand was doing all of the work. I think I got the tension between the apparent realism and the abstraction created by flattening the perspective just right.

“Yellow GMC Truck” front, 2002, 14” x 21”
I really enjoyed painting this piece because the paint seemed to flow effortlessly from my brush. This is difficult to explain, but it felt like a divine hand was doing all of the work. I think I got the tension between the apparent realism and the abstraction created by flattening the perspective just right.