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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Roxborough Oak
2020
oil on birch panel
20 x 16 inches

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Toyota Corolla
2020
oil on birch panel
20 x 30 inches

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

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

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

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Front Porch
2019
oil on birch panel
15 x 30 inches

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

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Metro PCS
2019
oil on birch panel
16 x 20 inches

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Income Tax
2019
oil on birch panel
20 x 20 inches

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.