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Oil on canvas, 32x24"
As many of my friends already know, I received Second Prize last month from the 4th Annual National Juried Competition held by the *brand new!* Marin Museum of Contemporary Art for "Hunter-Gatherer," the piece you see here. Let's face it: artwork is frequently created in a vacuum. Sure, friends & family think the work is great... But there's always a measure of satisfaction and encouragement gained when a piece is accepted into a show, and it's even better--I admit it-- to win a prize.
My model is my friend and neighbor, Tom Knapp, who has (to me) a perfect "everyman" quality. He posed for a drawing in his kitchen one night for about a half an hour. I translated the drawing to the canvas and populated the refrigerator and kitchen with some of the multitude of choices we Americans have when we are hungry at any time of the day or night. As an homage to my meat series (and some other work), I included a nice big ham--always a great snack choice!--and as an homage to Mr. Thiebaud, a luscious and delightful cake (though not painted in quite his style). Other food items were garnered from my fridge as well as from shelves of my local grocery store.