Cadillac Candy
Cadillac Candy

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

Cadillac Candy
Cadillac Candy

detail SOLD printed vintage photo, acrylic on raw linen

Alice / NJ to CA
Alice / NJ to CA

detail printed vintage photo, acrylic on raw linen

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

Cadillac Candy
Cadillac Candy

detail SOLD printed vintage photo, acrylic on raw linen

Queen Pat
Queen Pat

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

Queen Pat
Queen Pat

detail printed vintage photo, acrylic on raw linen

Parker & Barrow
Parker & Barrow

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

Parker & Barrow
Parker & Barrow

detail SOLD printed vintage photo, acrylic on raw linen

Looking For Adventure
Looking For Adventure

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

Looking For Adventure
Looking For Adventure

detail printed vintage photo, acrylic on raw linen

Cruisin' For Chicks
Cruisin' For Chicks

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

Cruisin' For Chicks
Cruisin' For Chicks

details printed vintage photo, acrylic on raw linen

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

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

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

detail printed vintage photo, acrylic on raw linen

Furlough, 1943
Furlough, 1943

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

Furlough, 1943
Furlough, 1943

detail printed vintage photo, acrylic on raw linen

All In The Family
All In The Family

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

All In Family
All In Family

detail printed vintage photo, acrylic on raw linen

Under A Paper Moon
Under A Paper Moon

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

Under A Paper Moon
Under A Paper Moon

detail printed vintage photo, acrylic on raw linen

Pennsylvania Boy
Pennsylvania Boy

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

Pennsylvania Boy
Pennsylvania Boy

detail printed vintage photo, acrylic on raw linen

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

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

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

detail printed vintage photo, acrylic on raw linen

Roadtrip: Geraldine & Me
Roadtrip: Geraldine & Me

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

Roadtrip: Geraldine & Me
Roadtrip: Geraldine & Me

detail printed vintage photo, acrylic on raw linen

Summer Of Love
Summer Of Love

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

Summer Of Love
Summer Of Love

detail SOLD printed vintage photo, acrylic on raw linen

Slide Over Baby
Slide Over Baby

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

Slide Over Baby
Slide Over Baby

detail printed vintage photo, acrylic on raw linen

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

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

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

detail printed vintage photo, acrylic on raw linen

Box Lunch Picnic
Box Lunch Picnic

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

Box Lunch Picnic
Box Lunch Picnic

detail printed vintage photo, acrylic on raw linen

Alice / NJ to CA
Alice / NJ to CA

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

Alice / NJ to CA
Alice / NJ to CA

detail printed vintage photo, acrylic on raw linen