galleries > "The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea"

Oil paintings on linen. 2020-present
This series takes its name from the Harold Arlen/Ted Koehler song, "Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea," an American Songbook standard bemoaning an attraction that would be abandoned if it wasn’t so inescapable. Careful glances, ambiguity, voyeurism, youth, a sense of adventure and self-doubt mingle in these paintings, capturing moments before and between action - wistful daydreaming, waiting, wondering, daring.

Like the series' ironically upbeat namesake, the world of these paintings is richly colored and rendered in a playful mix of realism and the fantastic, like a memory. Water, as swimming pool, lake, or ocean, features in each work. At various times it draws, taunts, reflects, distorts, obscures or menaces the figures. In its variety of states from glassy to inky, gently rippled to frothy, water offers clues to the thoughts of the figures in and around it and what might be found, even just below the surface, by giving into its deep blues.

Holding Onto the Threat of a Good Time
oil on linen
60 x 48 in.
2021
For Attention
oil and oil stick on linen
48 x 40 in.
2021
The Pool Boy's Ecstacy
oil on linen
48 x 30 in.
2021
Skylarking, or How Good Light Always Finds Them
oil and oil stick on linen
48 x 36 in.
2020
Schooling at the First Signs of Weather
oil on linen
48 x 30 in.
2020