Cadillac Candy
Cadillac Candy

54"x 34" SOLD printed vintage photo, acrylic on raw linen

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Cadillac Candy
Cadillac Candy

detail SOLD printed vintage photo, acrylic on raw linen

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Alice / NJ to CA
Alice / NJ to CA

detail printed vintage photo, acrylic on raw linen

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Cadillac Candy
Cadillac Candy

54"x 34" SOLD printed vintage photo, acrylic on raw linen

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The American Car : A Family Portrait

 

In countless vintage photos, families, couples, and even dogs are posed in front of their cars-- as if the vehicle itself is a member of the family. These pictures show both pride and affection. Fascinated, I decided to use them as the starting point for a series of works.

 

Through copying and recopying, I transform each photograph before digitally printing it onto canvas. In this greatly enlarged image I can imagine

and create the life of the people in the photos. Who were they? What were they doing the moment the photo was taken? What happened to them later? I abstract the images with layers of acrylic paint in an attempt to recover those faded lives: a visual perception/translation of how I imagine the past locales and the people in the photos in a romanticized way. I feel as if I have come to know them personally, creating a connection to them through color and texture.

 

When I process these imaginings I realize how similar feelings of family and pride are a constant emotion in human lives, and how transient we humans really are: the only difference is time, and it flies faster than a speeding green roadster.

Cadillac Candy
Cadillac Candy

54"x 34" SOLD printed vintage photo, acrylic on raw linen

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Cadillac Candy
Cadillac Candy

detail SOLD printed vintage photo, acrylic on raw linen

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Queen Pat
Queen Pat

40” x 60” printed vintage photo, acrylic on raw linen

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Queen Pat
Queen Pat

detail printed vintage photo, acrylic on raw linen

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Parker & Barrow
Parker & Barrow

40"x60" SOLD printed vintage photo, acrylic on raw linen

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Parker & Barrow
Parker & Barrow

detail SOLD printed vintage photo, acrylic on raw linen

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Looking For Adventure
Looking For Adventure

40"x60" printed vintage photo, acrylic on raw linen

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Looking For Adventure
Looking For Adventure

detail printed vintage photo, acrylic on raw linen

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Cruisin' For Chicks
Cruisin' For Chicks

36"x 36" printed vintage photo, acrylic on raw linen

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Cruisin' For Chicks
Cruisin' For Chicks

details printed vintage photo, acrylic on raw linen

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Dog Is My Co-Pilot
Dog Is My Co-Pilot

52"x 35" printed vintage photo, acrylic on raw linen

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Dog Is My Co-Pilot
Dog Is My Co-Pilot

detail printed vintage photo, acrylic on raw linen

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Furlough, 1943
Furlough, 1943

34"x 46" printed vintage photo, acrylic on raw linen

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Furlough, 1943
Furlough, 1943

detail printed vintage photo, acrylic on raw linen

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All In The Family
All In The Family

56"x 35" printed vintage photo, acrylic on raw linen

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All In Family
All In Family

detail printed vintage photo, acrylic on raw linen

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Under A Paper Moon
Under A Paper Moon

52"x 35" printed vintage photo, acrylic on raw linen

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Under A Paper Moon
Under A Paper Moon

detail printed vintage photo, acrylic on raw linen

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Pennsylvania Boy
Pennsylvania Boy

52"x 35" printed vintage photo, acrylic on raw linen

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Pennsylvania Boy
Pennsylvania Boy

detail printed vintage photo, acrylic on raw linen

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Ain't Love Grand?
Ain't Love Grand?

52"x 35" printed vintage photo, acrylic on raw linen

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Ain't Love Grand?
Ain't Love Grand?

detail printed vintage photo, acrylic on raw linen

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Roadtrip: Geraldine & Me
Roadtrip: Geraldine & Me

40"x60" printed vintage photo, acrylic on raw linen

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Roadtrip: Geraldine & Me
Roadtrip: Geraldine & Me

detail printed vintage photo, acrylic on raw linen

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Summer Of Love
Summer Of Love

35"x 35" SOLD printed vintage photo, acrylic on raw linen

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Summer Of Love
Summer Of Love

detail SOLD printed vintage photo, acrylic on raw linen

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Slide Over Baby
Slide Over Baby

54"x 34" printed vintage photo, acrylic on raw linen

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Slide Over Baby
Slide Over Baby

detail printed vintage photo, acrylic on raw linen

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Wally & Me, Ohio 1937
Wally & Me, Ohio 1937

40"x60" printed vintage photo, acrylic on raw linen

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Wally & Me, Ohio 1937
Wally & Me, Ohio 1937

detail printed vintage photo, acrylic on raw linen

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Box Lunch Picnic
Box Lunch Picnic

46” x 36” printed vintage photo, acrylic on raw linen

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Box Lunch Picnic
Box Lunch Picnic

detail printed vintage photo, acrylic on raw linen

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Alice / NJ to CA
Alice / NJ to CA

46” x 36” printed vintage photo, acrylic on raw linen

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Alice / NJ to CA
Alice / NJ to CA

detail printed vintage photo, acrylic on raw linen

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