Scenes of Disarray

I seek to capture the beauty of the disarray in our lives — not the noise and confusion of modern society — but those whimsical, timeworn scenes we come across everyday. A cold concrete wall can attain charm when it is cracked and peeling, or a car becomes a still life when it is covered with vines and fallen apples. It is the unraveled, the broken, and the overgrown that I find interesting.

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Southworth Ferry

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Snapped Clothesline

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The Yellow Gas Pump

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Electric Elephant

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Abandoned

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The Destiny of Richard’s Chair

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Scenes of Disarray Part 2

I seek to capture the beauty of the disarray in our lives — not the noise and confusion of modern society — but those whimsical, timeworn scenes we come across everyday. A cold concrete wall can attain charm when it is cracked and peeling, or a car becomes a still life when it is covered with vines and fallen apples. It is the unraveled, the broken, and the overgrown that I find interesting.

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Autumn Remnants

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Blue Fender

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Still Life with Car

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Big People Scooter

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Lost Doll

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Doll’s Head

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All images copyright Sally Banfill. All rights reserved.

American Odyssey

This is my odyssey, to seek out the weird little pieces of American culture — that which still has a personality instead of the slick, calculated world of the consumption makers or the bland clutter of strip malls. Everyone finds the America he is looking for.

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Duncan and Sons’ Horse

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Al’s Store

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American Sweethearts

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Harbor Lights

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Kingman Club

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Light Heart

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Summer Sakura

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Double Gaze

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The Observers

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Emerald Morning

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Floating Pink

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Fading Yellow

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Dandelion Candy

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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

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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

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