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The paintings of 'Happy Birthday' are comprised of figurative studies that explore optic movement both within the paintings and changing perspectives of viewer interaction. Inspired by the famous example anamorphosis by Northern Renaissance painter Hans Holbein, double images are meshed into a singular painting displaying the interaction between two moments. Borrowing further from Holbein and other old masters, I have investigated their themes of mortality illustrated by traditional vanitas symbology through my own interpretation of the memento mori. Exploring notions of shared nostalgia and perspectives of my own family history, I have utilized optical effects that take advantage of the eye's persistence for continuous vision. The past is something shared and the present is fleeting, always changing. 'Happy Birthday' celebrates human transience through the inherently transient application of paint, construction and composition.

Leda in Her Old Age
Copper-plate etching and watercolor
3" dia.
2013
genesis, chance, painting, geometry, triangles
Oil and acrylic on canvas
2012
Take/Take
Oil on panel
2013
Introductions at a Reunion
Copper-plate etching
2013
Look/Look Away
Oil on canvas on panel
2012
Look/Look Away 
(side view from right)
Oil on canvas on panel
2013
Look/Look Away
(side view from left)
Oil on canvas on panel
2012
Ephemera Configuration
Collage, acrylic, oil on paper
2013