Tremendous possibilities and divergence exist in the identity of this nation! The American flag framework provides structure for explorations of color and texture, landscape and figuration, politics, multiculturalism and art history. The flag works occupy a hybrid space where possibility and artistic freedom create infinite American meaning. Additional series of paintings tell a larger story. Pools are symbols of comfort and invitations to all the qualities water holds: buoyancy, life, the unconscious, simplicity, blueness, translucency, containment. Wildlife offers another set of symbols and metaphors: hope, survival, instincts, earth-tones, rusticity. In portraiture and places, painting is a way to spend time with my subjects. The way I approach a subject is both with abandon and awe. The Mid Century America series, the Cocktail Party series and the Lakeside Leisure series focus on the need for respite and play.