Dep(art)ing Passengers

Faced with the need to oversee out-of-town family health crises on an erratic schedule, Dep(art)ing Passengers--the title for this group of paintings--  was initially my way of continuing to work productively in the studio. I sketched airport passengers in transit and then translated the drawings to paintings when home. I wanted to capture in a very loose, gestural way the universality of people waiting. The regularity of this methodology pushed me to focus on the act of painting itself: how paint is applied and in what formal context. In the more current works, paint application includes, but is not limited to, transparent, impasto and distressed pigments on formats that are not necessarily  rectangular or stretched on underlying  wood bars. 

In December 2019, eleven months after paintings from Dep(art)ing Passengers were featured in a solo exhibition at The Fort Smith Arkansas Regional Airport, the Fort Smith Arkansas Regional Airport Commission acquired five paintings from the series for its collection. They will be on permanent display in the airport beginning in January 2020. 

Airport Gesture Study I (Legs)
Airport Gesture Study I (Legs)

2017. 42 x 66 inches. Acrylic on canvas. Collection: Fort Smith Arkansas Regional Airport Commission. All Rights Reserved

Airport Gesture Study II
Airport Gesture Study II

2017. 42 x 56 inches. Acrylic on canvas. Collection: Fort Smith Arkansas Regional Airport Commission. All Rights Reserved

Airport Gesture Study III
Airport Gesture Study III

2017.42 x 66 inches. Acrylic on canvas. This work is held in a private collection in Katonah, NY All Rights Reserved

Airport Gesture Study IV
Airport Gesture Study IV

2017. 18 x 40 inches. Acrylic on canvas. All Rights Reserved

Airport Gesture Study VI
Airport Gesture Study VI

2017. Acrylic on canvas. 52 x 42 inches. All rights reserved.

Airport Gesture Study VII
Airport Gesture Study VII

2018. Acrylic on canvas. 56 x 56 inches. Collection: Fort Smith Arkansas Regional Airport Commission. All Rights Reserved

Airport Gesture Study VIII
Airport Gesture Study VIII

2018. Acrylic and assemblage on canvas. 56 x 66 inches. All Rights Reserved

Airport Gesture Study IX
Airport Gesture Study IX

2018. Acrylic on canvas. Parallelogram: 42 x 56 inches. All Rights Reserved

Airport Gesture Study X
Airport Gesture Study X

2018. Acrylic and assemblage on canvas. 42 x 66 inches. Collection: Fort Smith Arkansas Regional Airport Commission. All Rights Reserved

Airport Gesture Study XI
Airport Gesture Study XI

2018. Acrylic on canvas. 56 x 66 inches. Collection: Fort Smith Arkansas Regional Airport Commission. All Rights Reserved

Airport Gesture Painting XII
Airport Gesture Painting XII

2018. 66 x 66 inches. Acrylic on canvas and assemblage. Two paintings collaged "combined" into one. All Rights Reserved.

Sketch For Airport Gestures
Sketch For Airport Gestures

2017. 7 x 8 1/2 inches. Marker on paper. All Rights Reserved.