NOSTALGIA

This series journeys down the highway of America’s adolescence, the roads of yesterday from a time when America made things, tangible things... like automobiles, highways and pancakes, intangible things like hope, adventure and ambition. As America paved westward, ambitious Americans staked their claims, breaking ground on entrepreneurial ventures made possible only by the mobility of the masses. Diners, Drive-ins and Motels sprung up along these arteries and with them beautifully designed and uniquely individual signage - towering neon signs luring travellers to take a load off and come in and grab a bite. Or better yet, stay right in their cars and let the experience come to them. This was a coming of age period in post war America that teemed with hope and vitality. It was when America’s culture began defining itself and discovering its powerful potential.

In a world where every town has a strip mall and every mall looks like the next, these paintings allude to a time of entrepreneurial spirit and a grass roots, what’s mine I made business model. They hark back to an era before the ubiquitous corporate stranglehold of the consumer consciousness. The signs depicted in these paintings stood as a testament to American ingenuity and ambition ultimately falling victim to their own successes. They left behind a legacy of a cultural foundation that today permeates our every thought. Many of these signs have long since crumbled. Some of them dozed over by their successors. The lucky ones, if you will, are aging relics overgrown with weeds to their ankles casting shadows over the lots from whence they once called out to hungry and weary travellers. These signs spoke for their establishment, telling folks to “stop here”.

These paintings speak to the ideal that this country belongs to each and every one of us and is shaped by those so bold as to choose to take a risk. The “Nostalgia” series captures that spirit and helps to keep the voice heard for those who embodied the spirit, the hope, the ambition ...the drive.

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