This is a painting that is in process. My daughter Pearl and our friend and roommate Bear were the willing models. The background is a view of East Chicago right around the corner from a large casino just off the highway. We shot some pictures there last month when Brenda and I were on our way to go to art openings in Chicago. Ever since I was a kid and our family took the occasional trip to Chicago, I have always been mesmerized by the stretch of has always looked like an industrial waste land. It reminds me of Hieronymus Bosch depictions of hell which are horrible and beautiful simultaneously.
I would be hard pressed to say what this painting is about at this point. Painting and drawing are a form of inquiry for me. This is my way of seeking to understand. The 1940's fashion trends, the post-industrial rustbelt, dystopian environments, nature's constant efforts to bring things back to the garden of eden, these are all some of the things that I find particularly compelling.