CAPE ANN

The World, The-Flesh & The Devil
The World, The Flesh & The Devil
1983, oil on canvas; 48″ x 72″,
destroyed in studio fire 1997
I’ve put most of the paintings completed right after graduate school into the category of “myth and dreams”––because all the images that came to me at that time contained dream/nightmare content and heavy psychological freight. The influence of Rouault, Beckmann, Guston and others is easily seen in these early works.
I include them here because they show a lineage and a pathway.
I’ve always desired to tell a story, but as the great poet Emily Dickinson wrote “Tell all the truth but tell it slant/Success in circuit lies.” These early pieces painted right after I finished studies at BU all have the implicit psychological narrative derived in part from studying Beckmann’s triptychs and Rouault’s religious images. For those great painters I am utterly grateful, even as I needed to work through their heavy influence and find my own voice.
Cabaret

Cabaret

1982; oil on canvas; 70″ x 72″

destroyed in studio fire 1997

Child's Play

Childs Play

1982; oil on canvas; 48″ x 72″

destroyed in studio fire 1997

Eden

Garden

1982; oil on canvas; 40″ x 40″ 

destroyed in studio fire 1997

Garden II (second state)
Garden II (second state)
1982, oil on canvas; 72″ x 48″,
destroyed in studio fire 1997
Garden III
Garden III
1982, oil on canvas; 72″ x 48″,
destroyed in studio fire 1997
Lazarus

Lazarus
1982, oil on canvas; 30″ x 48″,
destroyed in studio fire 1997

Night Studio
Night Studio
1982, oil on canvas; 72″ x 48″,
private collection
Nocturne

Nocturne
1982, oil on canvas; 72″ x 48″,
destroyed in studio fire 1997

Portrait of the Painter Wm Harsh

Portrait of the Painter Bill Harsh
1982, oil on canvas; 65″ x 70″,
available

Still Life

Still Life

1983; oil on canvas; 44″ x 38″

available for purchase

The Gift
The Gift
1982, oil on canvas; 72″ x 48″,
destroyed in studio fire 1997
The Bribe
The Bribe
1982, oil on canvas; 72″ x 48″,
destroyed in studio fire 1997