"Dollar Dance"
38 x 52 inches

Recently acquisitioned by the Minneapolis Institute of Art


ARTIST STATEMENT: My work deals with personal observations about the experiences of living in a small town in southeast Missouri. The often Strange and Humorous occurrences, places, and people in these towns offer a never-ending source of inspiration for my prints. I call this work "rural satire". My work has been influenced by an array of artists, among then the woodcuts of Albrecht Durer, the etchings of Warrington Colescott, nearly all of the German Expressionists, and the late great Frank Zappa. My Chosen media is printmaking, specifically the woodcut. The combination of dark humor with the inherently expressive medium of the woodcut heightens the complexity of my images. For the past 2 years I have been engaged in the creation of a folio of prints entitled "2 Weeks in August: 14 Rural Absurdities". Each image depicts a single day's occurrence, while all the images together describe a period of two weeks. The images come from either personal accounts or local folklore from my hometown of Potosi, Missouri.



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