Objects that surround me, when examined and transposed through the language of painting provide a whole new experience for me. Perhaps Walt Whitman said it best- There was a child went forth every day, And the first object he looked upon, that object he became, And that object became part of him for the day or a certain part of the day, Or for many years or stretching cycles of years.
In an effort to paint quotidian objects that speak of our time, I found myself addicted in a sense to painting the coffee cup (Dunkin' Donuts, Starbucks, etc.) that has become amazingly ubiquitous. The Still-Life aspect of this is what initially intrigued me but my intention grew over time. The manner in which the common coffee cup (paper, Styrofoam) embodies the post-modern culture of the recent past became a symbol to me.
An object similar to me in many ways as the coffee cup is the sneaker, shoe or work boot, which says a lot about the culture in which we live. Without being judgmental or making a huge statement it is curious to me that something so common as the sneaker has become so outrageously expensive. What this alone says about the consumer culture is interesting from an anthropologetical perspective.