This piece depicts a 1964 Ford Galaxy parked rather prominently on the "Field Of Dreams" baseball field in Dyersville Iowa. I was commissioned to create a scene with this beautifully restored Galaxy for the owner of the car and his family playing ball on the Field Of Dreams field " their favorite family movie. The car was sold and the family wanted something to remember it by. There is symbolism all over this painting the obvious being the open car door with the corn in the foreground. If you have seen the movie "one of my favorite movies also" you will understand the and symbolism and composition. I was disappointed when I visited the Dyersville field to see how much it's changed over the years. There are different buildings and t-shirt shacks all around the field. Needless to say I painted the scene the way it was in the movie. This was a 44" x 28" acrylic painting.
The fondest memories most people have are not always about the “big event” but the normal everyday experiences that lead up to it. As an artist my intent is to visually capture a memory and convey it. A walk, a place, a person a workplace, a gift, a meal, all little things but they are part of every ones personal life mosaic.
Each piece I produce incorporates a unique story behind its creation and each story is connected to other stories waiting to be shared and painted. That is why a lot of my work involves a series of pieces that are connected. As they are produced they unfold to tell a bigger story.
These stories are the very essence of what I paint and they continue to drive me to want to paint art that connects emotionally.
To have an impact the piece should evoke a memory, an emotion something to be lived over every time you view the art. If my work can do this than I know it is a success and a meaningful piece.