Paintings explore reduction techniques to comment on the sudden decline of fish and affected livelihoods in the fishing industry in the United States. Memories and connections of growing up in a fishing family fueled this project which involved interviewing fisher people in tight-knit communities along the east coast of the US.  While also research-based and empirical, the installation ultimately depended on direct observation in the form of drawings, photographs, and paintings performed on fishing docks and small boats.

Buffy
2015
c-41 35 mm negative film scan
Cheepee
2015
c-41 35 mm negative film scan
Lobster is 3.0 in Florida
2015
c-41 35 mm negative film scan
Triggerfish, Angelfish and Surgeonfish
2015
c-41 35 mm negative film scan
Saturday Fish Market Still Life
2015
c-41 35 mm negative film scan
Ben and Blake
2015
c-41 35 mm negative film scan
Blake
2015
c-41 35 mm negative film scan
Ben and Blake
2015
Watercolor on paper
BUY
$375
5 x 5 inches
Red Snapper
2015
Watercolor on paper
5 x 5 inches

This series of photographs was taken in Saint Thomas, US Virgin Islands and focuses on commercial and sport fishers and their own physical movements. Fisher people are documented performing demanding physical labor including navigating boats, regulating fishing rods, collecting and setting out traps, and hauling their catch.  The restricted spaces to work and the constant rocking of the boat complimented a gestural approach to photographing moving bodies and creating an intimate portrait of a closely tied community of fishers.

Homage to Gustave Courbet Dinner at Ornans Collaged with Derelict Fishing Vessel in New Bedford, Massachusetts
2019
Oil on canvas
28 x 20 inches
Boatyard of Lunatics
2014
Oil on canvas
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$3,950
72 x 72 inches
Stranger
2014
Oil on canvas
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$3,950
72 x 72 inches
Lightstick for Squid Bait
2014
Oil and acrylic on canvas
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$2,950
72 x 50 inches
Sunrise
2014
Oil and acrylic on canvas
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$1,800
72 x 50 inches
Ripcurl
2014
Oil on canvas
15 x 25 inches
Shoreline
2014
Oil on canvas
15 x 25 inches
Nocturne
2014
Oil on canvas
15 x 25 inches
Sunrise
2014
Oil on canvas
15 x 25 inches
Leviathan
2014
Oil on canvas
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$2,950
50 x 72 inches
Drowning
2014
Oil on canvas
BUY
$975
32 x 30 inches
Mahi-Mahi Flash
2014
Oil on canvas
30 x 32 inches
Ruptured Wind-sheild
2014
Oil on canvas
BUY
$500
21 x 20 inches
Big Eye
2014
Oil on panel
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$1,585
24 x 48 inches
Sinking Ship Homage to Turner
2015
Oil on panel
5 x 24 inches

This series of oil painting plays out a fictional departure by Sebastian Junger within the true-life account novel, The Perfect Storm, of a tragic ship wreck caused by freak weather between Nova Scotia and the United States.  My father, a life-long deep sea fishing captain, is included in the narrative in the event of a rogue wave crashing through the cockpit.