Horsepowered Memories, airbrushed images combined with car parts, is my latest series. These works are about the decades of the Greatest Generation, Baby Boomers, Gen Xers and Millennials. The goal of these pieces is to make us feel exploded with the memories of our past and then to think about how these events relate to what we have become. That is where cars came to mind as a vehicle to take us there. Start with personal memories ignited by an old car, add a painting and they are expanded to a larger history that we tend to forget.
The internet is my resource both for historical research and to find the objects from the past to incorporate into the pieces. Being an eBay junkie for about 6 months supplied me with the materials used in this multimedia series. The composition is designed on the computer before airbrushing the work.
I was fortunate to receive training at some excellent schools starting with the Maryland Institute of Art at the age of eight. I graduated from the University of Maryland, then became a teacher practicing my theory that success in art carries into other areas of learning. My formal education culminated in getting a MS in Technical Education at Cal State East Bay.
As a fine art teacher for York College PA, I learned computer skills to bring my students into an employable space in the job market. This coincided with a turn in my life that created a need for better income and health care which led to computer gaming, making the screens for the first Monday Night Football PC Game for ABC. Learning to do web design with the help of some generous programers at that company led me to California as the first web designer for Kaiser Permanente.
I showed in galleries in Baltimore, Georgetown, Harrisburg, and Annapolis, illustrated magazine covers and ads for newspapers in Washington, Baltimore, Gettysburg and Harrisburg and also did illustration for various New York publishers while represented by SI International.