(porterhous & sirloin each 12x12")While in art college, I had worked in meat rooms of supermarkets, as an apprentice meat cutter, long enough to see the aesthetic values in a wide range of cuts of meat. My role as an 'artist/meatcutter' allowed me to recognize the necessity for meat to be abstracted in order to be swallowed, therefore, it was natural for me to objectify meat and approach it with the same focus as my other still-life objects. As I approached each cut of meat as iconic symbols of consumer product I focused on how enticing and sensuous raw meat can be.
Having had the opportunity to elevate raw meat to the value of art (or is it the other way around?) and then often being able to eat my subject after each painting’s completion, the meat portrait series has been successful on many levels for me. I found it most enjoyable to work with subject matter that attracts a diverse audience consisting of vegetarians and carnivores alike.
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More recently, I have focused on various food subjects and bacon began to stand out to me as something I could never tire of. It lead towards a more abstract direction than I've ever previously explored in my studio. I returned to using oil pastels and creating an ongoing series of bacon compositions. After initially working small, I soon realized the need for a larger, more expressive scale on 30x22" sheets of Stonehenge paper.
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Eat Me Daily (interview)