In 1973 I saw an incredible piece of art my friend Rick had created and I
thought, "Hmmm ... if he can do that and call it art … I can do that". I
wasn't being rude or snide ... I was being inspired. This website is a
result of that experience. So, if you don't like what you see ...
blame Rick love Ron
A few photos of my studio in Green River, NY
Sculptures made from barn board salvaged when we tore down our old garage,
shed and barn. Pieces of new wood were introduced when needed, then paint and
polyurethane stain. I added three-dimensional objects where necessary and usually
topped it off with a piece of my mom's old jewelry.
Flying Cows and Pigs and a Couple Dogs
Growing up an Illinois farm boy, I have always had an affinity for farm life and farm
animals. The flying cows and pigs are an extension of my wood sculptures and are
made from barn board, house paint, polyurethane stain and a little glitter.
The Board Room
Most are paintings on shutters built from 1" x 4" pine. Some are painted on some
old piece of wood I found lying around. I used house paint for the images and then a
coat of polyurethane stain to enhance the color and preserve the wood.
These were painted on whatever surface I found sitting around. Many were painted
with acrylics on poster board, sometimes with added textures of salt, sand, cream of
wheat or whatever, plus an occasional three-dimensional object. The frames were NYC trash finds painted with white house paint.
The White Trash Collection
Mostly shadow boxes made from 1" X 4" pine and filled with “one man’s junk", all
sorts of objects off the NYC streets, plus discarded packaging. It was all painted
white then I added a few unpainted objects for that all-important “touch of color".
These early works started in the mid '70's. They were mostly created on paper and
poster board. I used pencil, acrylics, watercolors, pastels and anything else I had
around that made a mark on paper. The styles are all over the place ...