The Baltimore Ruins paintings are highly detailed paintings of the city's crumbling and in some cases, razed, structures. I aspire to reflect the deep, dark, gritty nature of the city, as is reflected in its architecture. Inferences to the human psyche are enmeshed in each gash, hole, and sloppy patch.
In the most recent paintings of this series, such as "A War of Words" and "Mixed Messages" I am working substantially with how the structure of buildings is at odds with the graffitti and tags that are all over it. In many cases, the flat, graffitti and tags set up a classic artistic "color versus value" battle.
This series started around 2011, and continues to this day. I usually complete 2 or 3 of these paintings a year.