John Breckinridge Castleman, Louisville, KY
2021
oil on panel
20 x 16 inches
Jefferson Davis, Richmond, VA
2021
oil on panel
30 x 20 inches
Christopher Columbus, St. Paul, MN
2020
oil on panel
20 x 20 inches


Forbidden Drive, March 2020 (Pandemic Painting)
2020
oil on panel
20 x 16 inches


Christopher Columbus Discovers the Wissahickon
2020
oil on panel
20 x 16 inches


Black Power/Frank Rizzo, Philadelphia, PA
2020
oil on panel
15 x 30 inches



Robert E. Lee/George Floyd, Richmond, VA
2020
oil on birch panel
15 x 30 inches


Charles Didier Dreux/Fuck This Shit, New Orleans, LA
2020
oil on birch panel
20 x 20 inches


Pandemic Walk 1
2020
oil on birch panel
20 x 16 inches


Willow Tree in Gorgas Park (Pandemic Painting)
2020
oil on birch panel
18 x 18 inches


Roxborough Oak
2020
oil on birch panel
20 x 16 inches


Toyota Corolla
2020
oil on birch panel
20 x 30 inches


Ivy Ridge at Night
2020
oil on canvas
36 x 36 inches


Langhurst on Ridge Avenue
2019
oil on birch panel
20 x 30 inches


Monastery Street and Ridge Avenue
2019
oil on canvas
40 x 60 inches


Front Porch
2019
oil on birch panel
15 x 30 inches


Ridge Avenue at Route 1
2019
oil on birch panel
40 x 30 inches


Metro PCS
2019
oil on birch panel
16 x 20 inches


Income Tax
2019
oil on birch panel
20 x 20 inches


Commissary Food Market, Ridge Avenue
2018
oil on panel
24 x 48 inches


Progressive Insurance, Ridge Avenue
2019
oil on panel
16 x 20 inches


Bob's Diner, Ridge Avenue
2018
oil on panel
16 x 20 inches


Oriole St. at Ridge Avenue
2018
oil on panel
18 x 18 inches


Drive-thru, Ridge Avenue
2018
oil on panel
30 x 40 inches


Roman's Pizza (Day), Ridge Avenue
2018
oil on panel
24 x 30 inches


Roman's Pizza (Night), Ridge Avenue
2018
oil on panel
24 x 30 inches


Auto Maxx Motors, Ridge Avenue
2018
oil on panel
20 x 30 inches


Hopkins Pharmacy, Ridge Avenue
2018
oil on birch panel
15 x 20 inches


North Philly Memorial
2018
oil on birch panel
30 x 45 inches


This series is titled "Ridge Avenue" and is comprised of oil paintings on panel. The subject of these paintings centers on sites in North and Northwest Philadelphia along Ridge Avenue, one of America's oldest roads, that traverses the ridge of land flanked by the Wissahickon Creek and the Schuylkill River. Ridge Avenue also happens to be my street, and after witnessing constant change and upheaval that the recent development boom has brought - including nearly losing the historic house next door, I began to see evidence that Ridge Avenue itself is representative of the boom and bust cycles of American urban development beginning with the colonialists.


Beginning as a Lenni Lenape footpath to the Schuylkill River water source, Ridge Road morphed into an early suburb of grand homes flanked by farms and industrial mills down near the Manayunk Canal, continued as a bustling market during the post-war period, suffered decades of economic downturn which brought auto malls and used car lots where once large stone mansions sat but had fallen into disrepair, and is now emblematic of the historic preservation battle with gentrification in America's oldest cities. Within a two-mile stretch, Ridge Avenue is at once a major highway, a main street, a wooded suburb, a bedroom community with apartment complexes, single family homes, major retailers, small enterprises, auto-based entities, schools, and pedestrian life all hours of the day.


In my paintings I seek to visualize these adjacencies and co-existence of binary relationships. By working with a diminutive scale and busy details, I am referring to the constrained geography of this road and particular neighborhood.