Currently, I am finishing off my metal series. I began with 3 paintings of nuts and bolts and called it the Handy Manny Series (at one time). It started as a way to show students how to scale up a drawing and how to paint it, in a step by step manner. As I was teaching this great bunch of high school students at Mennonite Collegiate Institute, I tried to break down my process into comprehensive lessons. I spent a lot of time teaching my son Manny so I was used to thinking in this way. I started off taking photographs of my friend’s metal shop; close up of motorcycles, parts, screws, nuts and engines. I had this vision of all these metal-like paintings filling the walls of his house [since he had bare walls]. I have completed 4.
Above is the “Underground”, the 4th painting in the series which I am in the process of finishing.