Kids at play have been a theme in my work for a few years now, especially showing up in the 1950s series. While reading and talking to others about the 50s I am always confronted with a nostalgic innocence surrounding childhood. Was the world more peaceful 60 years ago? What changed so drastically that caused a generation to look back and covet "the good ole days?" I think these questions have many answers and are quite complex, however I believe there was a simplicity, spirit of life and adventure, and optimism in the 50s that I find beautiful and try to emulate in my work.
This month my work will be on display at 625 Gallery, San Francisco CA. This solo show will feature over 16 pieces from my series Reminisce 1950's.
Reminisce 1950's focuses on traditions, ideals, and activities sprouting from the 1950s. These timeless compositions show the beauty in family, childhood, and generations, often evoking a nostalgic feeling and reflection of the past.
Society preserves history – old diners, movie theaters, gas pumps – living relics of the past. I use this idea in my work along with modern elements, like the parking street sign in Truckee Pumps, allowing a give and take between the past and the present.
The show will be up March 2-31 at 625 Sutter St. San Francisco, CA. Gallery Hours: Weekdays, 10am-6pm, Sat., 10am-5pm / Artist Reception March 7, 530pm-730pm. Hope to see you there.