I spent much of my childhood riding the Great Plains of central
Illinois on horseback or in luxury automobiles of the 1970’s and 80s, passing abandoned farms and towns. This engaged me not only with the grand, magnificent machines that man builds but also with the nature of passing time, change and decay. Many structures I paint are surrounded by gardens of a misdirected beauty, suggesting man’s infallible desire to control nature. The once luxurious ocean liners are staged behind beautiful gardens and stricken on violent seas. The purity of the clouds and botanicals juxtaposed with the lonely decay of the steel structures create a potent marriage of emotions in the viewer. One has to make the decision whether to attend to the stricken luxury liner or to the serene beauty enveloping it, just as we all must choose between material consumption and the conservation of the natural systems that sustain us all.