Falling Day

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Friendly Natives and Free Coffee

“When the virus of restlessness begins to take possession of a wayward man, and the road away from Here seems broad and straight and sweet, the victim must first find in himself a good and sufficient reason for going. This to the practical man is not difficult. He has a built in garden of reasons to choose from.”

John Steinbeck, Travels with Charley

The American road trip is still a strange and exotic experience. When you get off the interstates (whose sole purpose is to move vehicles as quickly as possible) and get onto the old highways, you will find a roadside garden. From buildings shaped like coffee pots to giant neon daffodils, there are all sorts of surreal wonders designed to lure the traveler. Hospitable promises of “friendly natives” and “free coffee”, glittering arrows and cartoon crows; its America’s peculiar mix of commercialism and folk art.

These paintings are a collection of local roadside attractions (some famous and some infamous), from Tacoma to Seattle and many Highway 99 gems. As a painter I have the luxury of weeding out the encroaching homogeneity of chain stores and clutter, and magnifying what is unique. The results are still and lonesome scenes of deserted streets and odd artifacts, and of course, the American automobile.

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Ben Carol

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Thunderbird Motel

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South City Motel

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Stevenson Motel

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Airstream

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Big Elephant Geraniums

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Marco Polo Motel

Prints available at  Fine Art America

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Friendly Natives Part 2

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Elephant Car Wash

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Klose-In Motel

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Food Giant

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Daffodil Motel

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Hat and Boots

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Aloha Motel

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Seal’s Motel

Prints available at  Fine Art America

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Tales of the Sea

Moody views of Puget Sound…togetherintherain-700
Together in the Rain
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Trail of Light

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Emerging Light

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Suspended

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Ghost Ship

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Fishing For Solitude

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Olalla Bridge in Snow

Prints Available at Etsy and Fine Art America

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Ethereal World

Misty Views of Puget Sound…cloaked-700
Cloaked

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Cauldron

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Sleeping Dragon

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Transcend

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Hidden Rays

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Emerald Mist

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Obscurity

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Angel

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Ray of Hope

Prints available at Fine Art America and Etsy

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Starry Night

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The Dance

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