Tyler

Technically accomplished, narrative painting with

Portrait of My Mother

This is a portrait of my mother planting tulip bulbs among the aspen trees in the back yard.

Oil on canvas, 48" x 43"

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Autumn Bells

I have painted the Maroon Bells near Aspen several times. I have depicted their many moods and changing looks with the different seasons. They are monumental icons of my my formative years and are filled with memories. They are my hometown cathedrals. There is a completely different painting underneath this layer, one of my mom's favorites in fact. She was very upset that I painted over it. If you look carefully, you can see parts of the old image peeking through.

Oil on canvas, 56" x 48"

The other painting is of my home in Boulder and dogs.

This painting evokes the old Olympic Lift on Aspen Highlands althought the scenery is made up. It is a variation of the road and powerline motif that I keep returning to.

Tickling the Ivories Is No Laughing Matter for Elephants

Oil on Canvas 48" x 56"

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Roads West

Roads of the American West nare a recurring theme in my work and images of them are sprinkled throughout this site.

Oil On Canvas 30" x 40"

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The Mormons. 40" x 30"

Perhaps one of my most courageous canvases. It's a study in contrasts: soft and hard, gentle and rough, dressed and stripped, beauty and ugliness, architecture and nature, tranquil and violent, warm and cool, past and present. I chose a reserved palette of warm and cool colors that from a distance cancel each other's vibrancy to suggest grey tones. The greys are then interrupted by shocking red color surprises that evoke the abrupt physical jolt of hot pain that comes with the cold cruel blow. I am fascinated by random patterns in nature and continue to explore them in this painting through the falling tufts of snow that quiet the scene. The painting is a visual metaphor for the bullying and personal attacks of the Mormon Church gay people and families even outside of their church. They helped create and pass the notorious Amendment 8 in California in 2008 and in 2015 attacked the Mormon children of gay parents churchwide by forcing them to choose between their families and the church. In 2016, they could just as well be Trump's Cabinet choices. There is always another attack it seems.

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Bruz & Laurel 40"x 30"

These children are Bruz Fletcher and his cousin Laurel - Louisa's Fletcher Tarkington’s daughter - running away from home at age 8. They pretended that they walked all the way to Indiana from New York City and maintained their story to the frustration of the police that found them. Laurel later developed schizophrenia and die at age 16. At age 13 Bruz shot himself but survived the wound and finally died by his hand at the age of 34. Both his mother and grandmother prematurely ended their own lives as well. Their fascinating story was lost to time, until my exhastive research brought it to light.

Complex, irregular patterns and rhythms of trunks, leaves, shadow and light are abstracted and simplified into color and brushstroke. Stylization replaces detail and celebrates the phyiscal paint itself. Paint is not made slave to replicating realistic and exhaustive details of an actual forest. The creative application of paint evokes the feeling of dense woods in a way that also egages the viewers' own imaginations.

Sexy Theo. 30" x 40"

The New York actor, model and intellectal Theodore Bouloukos, muse to artists all over the world. Painting him was an intimidating challenge. He was ultimately thrilled with the image. My increasing obession with pattern has become obivious.

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Comment Te Dire Adieu? A tribute to Francoise Hardy and Serge Gainsbourg. Ganisbourg brilliantly saw potential in the drab, unsuccessful Margaret Whiting recording of the tune "It Hurts to Say Goodbye." He reinvented it into a very different and infectious French Pop hit recorded by Hardy. He created an unusual rhyme based on the sound of the letter x and set it to the revamped melody of the orginal song.

The painting's graphic composition is based on an x. X's move throughout: in stars, her necklace, hair, umbrella, reflections on the 45, etc. Elements include the original English recording as a 45rpm, the French title and imagery from Gainsborurg's new lyrics such as the cold Pyrex heart, the burning flint heart, the grey-blue morning, and 'white night' (an idiom meaning 'sleepless') spinkled with open eyes. Hardy with the umbrella is a reimagined album cover of hers. She is covered with band-aids as referece to the original English lyric and title "It Hurts to Say Good-bye" no longer used by Gainsbourg in the French.

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