Urban Realism

Over the past few days I have been organizing the storage area in my studio and pulled out a painting I made almost FIFTY years ago. The painting is titled Greenhill Diner and it’s a larger piece depicting a fabulous diner that I drove by every day when I was living on the east coast.

The work reflects my early interest in the mystery and challenge of exacting realism. I clearly remember being fascinated by the technical process of creating the stainless steel reflective surfaces. In rendering this subject of everyday life, I was intrigued by the banality and anonymous nature of American culture and society. This early exploration of "Americanism" would become central to my later practice.