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“Your Host”, is a political narrative portrait of Kellyanne Conway. It’s one of the works in my Game Faces Series which
narrates my response to the Trump administration. I chose Kellyanne to be the subject of the work because I find her exterior aesthetic presentation satirical, when considered in the context of her public demeanor and unapologetic delivery of what is frequently proven incorrect information, presumably dictated to her by Trump. Her commitment to Donald Trump’s narrative is all the more curious knowing that she is married to George Conway, a high-profile Washington D.C. attorney who regularly admonishes Trump through Twitter.
In execution, I wanted her appearance to be ‘Stepford Wife’ idyllic, with a color palette, hair style, and clothing alluding to 1950’s upper middle-class America.
I chose the vibrant middle value green as a reference to the green screen used in television studios when the producer wants to write in an environment after the taping that only appears when the program is viewed. I found the two metaphors describe much of Donald Trump’s values, and delivery of his message.
Finally, I used the bright yellow under-painting to underscore the farce-like effect of Kellyanne’s tireless marketing of the Trump narrative.
Star Defender
Star Defender, Game Faces series
Star Defender is the second work in the Game Faces political series. The medium is acrylic on canvas, 58”x 60”. The subject of the work is Michael Cohen, Donald Trump’s former personal attorney.
My decision to use Cohen as the subject of the work came after I watched him testify to Congress about crimes he and Trump had conspired on while he was employed by him. He appeared genuinely remorseful for his involvement in what he described as decades of mob-like activity. I found the departure from his former actions and demeaner and the unraveling of his former ideals, compelling. He confessed to having fallen prey to a con artist, and in full view for America to witness, we could all see the result. As he fought back tears, he warned others not to be fooled by the manipulation of his former boss.
The work is about the significance of his testimony to the welfare of our democracy. It uses his personal revelation as a call for awareness, for had he known the behavioral characteristics of sociopathic personalities, he likely would have avoided the relationship.
It is, like my other figurative works, layered in metaphor. The success of the work depends on the viewers ability to immediately recognize Michael Cohen as the subject, as well as the reference to Zorro, the fictional character who fought against public corruption. The meaning of the secondary elements, such as the toy guns (a reference to the feigned attack he endured by certain members of congress), the testifying hand, and the white wash paint drips are all meant to be “found” or discovered by the viewer. For those who view the Game Faces works that don’t follow daily politics, I hope to inspire research and conversation.
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Yellow Cake 58″ x 60″ acrylic on canvas Contact for price
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“The Pretenders” 58 x 60″ acrylic on canvas Contact for price
IG_StarDefender
Enter a“Star Defender” Limited edition giclee print. Available on paper or canvas. On paper: Image size 20 x 20″, paper size 24″ x 24″. Archival quality inks, archival white paper. Edition of 150. Each print signed and numbered, Certificate of Authenticity accompanies each print. Unframed. Ships rolled. Price $150.
IG_Pretenders
“The Pretenders” Limited edition giclee print. Available on paper or canvas. On paper: Image size 20 x 20″, paper size 24″ x 24″. Archival quality inks, archival white paper. Edition of 150. Each print signed and numbered, Certificate of Authenticity accompanies each print. Unframed. Ships rolled. Price $150.
The Deal
The Deal 30 x 40″ Acrylic on canvas/ sketch for larger painting

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Stampede 56 x 96″ Acrylic on canvas Available through Paderewski Fine Art
Copper Cyanide (In Process) 46 x 56″ acrylic on canvas