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Drive-Thru 2

04/06/2015 01:52 pm ET | Updated Jun 06, 2015

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22050 Ventura Boulevard 9 x 12 inches, oil on panel

The Drive-Thru is a natural subject for me as I like to paint places that people don't go to be there, this one is a drive-thru pharmacy.

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5138 Laurel Canyon Boulevard 9 3/4 x 7 inches, oil on panel

Here's a Popeye's -- Auden said that 'Poetry is the precise expression of mixed feelings.' The mix of the allure of cheap comfort food, tempered by all the things I know are wrong about it keep me interested in this kind of subject. If I felt entirely critical about it, or entirely enticed by it -- it wouldn't stay interesting to me long enough to do something like make a painting of it.

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5625 Century Boulevard 8 x 12 inches, oil on panel

A Carl's Jr. drive-thru window -- part of the allure to paint these is always visual, and the detail is like narrative; for example the scotch tape holding the sign onto the glass.

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5109 Van Nuys Boulevard 8 x 10 inches, oil on canvas

This is a Burger King window. I like to pull back and have the architecture without any fisheyeing, the verticals are vertical and the horizontals are horizontal. To me it makes the painting a more plausible space for the viewer to enter when you see the painting on a wall.

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6181 Sepulveda Boulevard 8 x 8 inches oil on panel

A Wendy's drive-thru. The titles of these, and of most of my paintings, are the street addresses of the places the paintings depict. I like doing this because it allows me to tell you something specific and true without coloring it emotionally. Sort of the opposite of soundtrack music where for the most part the job is to falsify emotion.

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9036 Venice Boulevard 8 x 8 inches, oil on panel

A Wendy's drive-thru. The figures get sliced by objects sometimes and are never facing the viewer. If the figure was facing you, then the painting would be a foil for the character of that figure rather than having the viewer be the most important figure in the painting.

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6502 Laurel Canyon Boulevard 8 x 20 inches, oil on panel

A KFC drive-thru window. This one was a visual treat for me, I was drawn in by the long horizontal format, all of the brushed steel and stacks of cups. It also looks like they want you to try the cookies since they have stickers of them on the window....