Joe Jackson with roses below a portrait of possibly the greatest hitter ever.
Joe Jackson and his wife Katie. She stares at him as the world in which they inhabit swirls. Their home is upside down in upper left of the picture frame. Eyes peer at the couple through the fence. Joe just told her he is banned form Baseball.
Our society often lets athletes play by there own set of rules. A sense of grandiose entitlement makes the old adage, Never meet your heroes sadly sometimes good advice. 2011 15, 10 x10" Oil on masonite panels.
Ruth Ann Steinhagen became obsessed with Phillies first baseman Eddie Waitkus. She shot him in the Edgewater hotel in Chicago in 1949. This painting shows Ruth and Eddie with an upside down crumbling home spiraling above their heads.
Joe Jackson and his wife Katie with an image of a vulture and a coyote battling for food. I am intrigued as to what happened to their relationship once he was banned from the game. The telephone poles in the background have their wires cut meaning communication is down.
2012, Oil on Canvas 24" x 36"
Joe and Katie / Vulture and Coyote
The quote "My Life Didn't Turn Out The Way I Expected" is said by Roy after meeting Iris for lunch after not seeing her for 17 years, this print measures 11"x 17". A letterpress edition of 20, with 2 Artists Proofs. The Natural is far and away my favorite baseball film. I feel this quote can pertain to any persons life. It can be seen as a positive or negative statement.Note: Each print has unique ink application so mild variations are to be expected from this image. $99
The second print is larger measuring 15.75 x 19.75". "My Dad Wanted Me To Be A Baseball Player" comes from an interaction between Pop Fischer and Roy, after Pop says, My Mother wanted me to be a farmer". 20 regular edition prints and 2 artist Proofs. Note: Each print has unique ink application so mild variations are to be expected from this image. $99
© 2009 • 36 by 30 inches • oil on Masonite board
An image of an aged Joe Jackson about to crack an egg on a burner that is far too hot. 8 pieces of bacon are nailed to the wall representing the 8 White Sox to gamble on the 1919 Series. The fly's that buzz around the rotting meat represent the gamblers and owners, who promised the players a $20,000 payday but only delivered $5000. Outside the window is Katie Jackson, her world turned upside down with her and her husbands livelihood taken away.
© 2007 • 48 by 48 inches • oil, plastic flies on canvas
Charles "Old Hoss" Radbourn normally was known as one of the most dominant 19th century hurlers, but he gained notoriety of another sort. During a Boston/New York team photograph in 1886, he became the first public figure to be photographed extending his middle digit to the camera.
2013, Oil On Canvas 24"x 30"
Mordecai Centennial Brown lost two fingers on his right hand due to a farm-machinery accident in his youth. He eventually acquired his nickname Three Finger Brown as a result. Overcoming this handicap and turning it to his advantage, he became one of the elite pitchers of his era. This painting shows a pair of severed fingers in a pool of blood.
2012, 20"x 20" Oil on Canvas with ceramic fingers.
A guard watches Cubs pitcher Orval Overall warming up and realizes, this is his life. He is normal, boring, and unspectacular. He will never receive the adulation of the famous but drown in the boring, mundane anonymity he loathes.
© 2010 • Oil on Masonite, 36 inches by 30 inches
Billy Sunday played professional baseball during the 1880's, and later became a religious con man. Between 1908 and 1920, Sunday earned over a million dollars; an average worker during the same period earned less than $14,000. I find it funny when modern athletes point to the sky giving thanks for a home run. Your actions will speak louder than your preaching or public posturing. In this image the Jesus fish have turned into piranhas.
© 2008 • 24 by 20 inches • oil on Masonite panel
Joe Jackson sits on trial. A panel of gossiping mouths spreads rumors of gambling. They all promised to keep their mouths shut, but it just didn't work out that way. The cork pops off the champagne bottle.
© 2009 • 40 by 30 inches, and 48 by 24 inches • oil on Masonite panel; mouth molds on wood panel
Christy Mathewson master pitcher and chess player. I made this painting as a comment on war in the age of Military Industrial Complex.
©2007 • 48 by 60 inches • oil, plastic army figures on canvas
The Black Sox scandal. Abe Attell was the middle man between the players and fix mastermind Arnold Rothstein. Abe is shown with an image of a young boy, a boxing glove in the middle and torn children's school work.
© 2008 • mixed media collage