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Sharpener Images

My personal collection of pencil sharpeners is the inspiration for this series of paintings. Using traditional realistic technique to paint "portraits" of these playful figures, I relish the opportunity to create beautiful works of art combining serious craftsmanship with amusing irony. By treating inexpensive toys with an exaggerated reverence, the paintings themselves become the precious objects worthy of the reverence given to the original subjects. I know I've created a successful painting when these odd little artifacts of consumer society stare back with their own unique personalities and inner lives, boldly confronting the viewer with the absurdity of their own existence.

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A Fast Rooster

A Fast Rooster

Inspired by the popular Winslow Homer painting on display at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.


Rocking Horses

Rocking Horse Girl

Rocking Horse Boy

Of all my pencil sharpener paintings, I think these most clearly show the influence of the Index of American Design.


Ducks in Boats

Ducks in Boats

Why do ducks need boats? No explanation. No point in looking for one either. It's all part of a cosmic unconsciousness.



Gallery 1
Collection 2 Coal Country Mini Golf Daisy in the Doggie's Den The Feast of the Dogs
2 Cats, 2 Clowns and a Frog Pleasure Beach Pop Art Panda A Fast Rooster
The Comedians All Cat Band Porpoise with Hat 1 Porpoise with Hat 2
Toddler 1 Toddler 2 Rooster Musician 4 All Rooster Band
Cat and Turtle 2 Cat and Turtle 1 Three Santas Hatteras
Parasol Cat 1 Parasol Cat 2 Rocking Horse Girl Rocking Horse Boy
Duck in Boat 1 Duck in Boat 2 Duck in Boat 3 Banana
Party Animals The Bald Musician Dinosaur Pencil Sharpener Puntgaaf
Fish Sharpener Odalisque Puppydog Cowboy Bears
Rich Frog Cat The Clown Purple Gorilla Orange Frog
Monkey King Shark Priest Three Penguins
Tomato Bunny Carrot Bunny Ducks in Boats Speedboat Rooster
Big Fish Sur la Route Collection

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