Tossed Over-Board

left: Buckled Blue (2011)
Oil On Linen, 67h x 43w in

center: How Do You Do Without Me? (2011)
Oil On Linen, 52h x 70w in

left: Blind Eye (2012)
Oil On Linen
68h x 48w in (172.72h x 121.92w cm)

Selected works on paper

Georgia's Boarding Pistol, 72 x 54 inches oil on canvas

Don Doe, Boatswain and the Officer (2011)
Oil On Linen
30h x 40w in (76.2h x 101.6w cm)

My subject is a fantasy of a sexual identity in the make-believe life of a pirate. The theme came to me as a contradiction while reading bedtime stories to my son. Pirates represent freedom, the power to act out our impulses, and serve as a pervasive icon in our culture. However, the image my son carries of the pirate’s life is empowering. In marrying this ideal with a burlesque humor and Disney-like fantasy, the combination is alternately teasing, provocative, tender, and inviting. Swiping images from Fragonard, fashion, comic strips, history books, pornography and illustration genres these images attempt to create a flawed world where women are dominatrix “Pirate Gals” and men are as ships in a bottle. These phallically potent “Pirate Gals” celebrate pinup representations and wear their sexuality as an identity. I also draw ideas from my youth, where some of my friend's parents decorated their homes in a faux Mediterranean fisherman, or Mexican adobe style that spoke of adventures they would never have. I thought about the idea that a person could live a fantasy of adventure and conquest while doing everyday household chores. Aware of the influences of Pulp Fiction novels, erotic aura is built up by the stressing of luminous color display. I explore the limits of rendering, and use seductive color to intensify the imagery. Alluding sometimes to runway fashion as role-playing, my characters are treated with psychological complexity while remaining candid. The “Pirate Gal” is a phallic goddess and a rite de passage turning toward a new identity.