Beginning in the spring of 2016 I started painting on canvas again. For the past several years I have been painting on wood in order to create figures in relief…I needed a rigid surface upon which to work. Over the years my work has been more and more concerned with surface texture, and the figures were not only textural, but intentionally in the third dimension. I suppose I had forgotten how great it is to work with the tooth of canvas. My way of applying paint was always fairly smooth and done with soft brushes. Over time, however, I’ve been building up the surface just with paint…without any prior treatment of the work in relief.

I live in Mussy-sur-Seine, a village with roots back to the Gallo-Roman period, but with remnants of Medieval and Renaissance architecture. Some buildings, alas, are in a state of neglect and are no longer occupied. At first glance, I suppose most people would find them uninviting, even threatening, because of their condition. After years of living here I have become more familiar with the building materials traditionally used in Mussy and elsewhere in the region. I started to appreciate not only the thought given to constructing door and window openings with heavy tailored limestone, but the way walls were built using roughhewn limestone quarried in the forests close by. The exterior walls were finished smooth with a kind of mortar made with ground limestone, sand, and local mud. This material is durable, up to a point. If it is properly applied and sealed with paint, it can repel the weather. However, if it is subjected to leaks from a roof, a window, or a doorway, it crumbles away. It is very common to see exterior walls, even in occupied and otherwise comfortable houses, with exposed stones…the old mortar having collapsed. Sometimes people never address the problem, sometimes they repair it with odd materials. The result is often curiously intriguing.

I am painting façades of buildings, usually only the door and an occasional window. I hope to evoke something that might be called le charme de délabrement. These buildings all have histories. They hold a thousand stories. Here are a few of them.

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20 rue Victor Hugo, Mussy
2016  Oil and sand on canvas
70 x 50 cm.
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21 rue Victor Hugo, Mussy
2016  Oil and sand on canvas
70 x 50 cm.
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House built in 1776, Mussy
2016  Oil on canvas
30 x 10 cm.
12-rue-charles-lambert
12 rue Charles Lambert, Mussy
2016  Oil and sand on canvas
70 x 50 cm.
porte-de-grange
La Porte de Grange, Courteron
2016  Oil and sand on canvas
70 x 50 cm.
courteron
Maison à Courteron
2016  Oil, sand, and wood on canvas
50 x 70 x 1 cm.
15-rue-victor-hugo
15 rue Victor Hugo, Mussy
2017  Oil on canvas
40 x 20 cm.
house-at-vix
Maison à Vix
2017  Oil, sand, and wheat filaments on canvas
70 x 50 cm.
door at vix2
Porte à Vix
2017   Oil and sand on canvas  
40 x 20 cm.
Autel
Autel  
2017  Oil, sand, and acrylic on canvas  
70 x 50 x 1 cm.
porte à gommeville
Porte à Gomméville
2017  Oil on canvas
 40 x 20 cm.
wall at gomméville
Mur à Gomméville
2017   Oil on canvas  
70 x 50 cm.
porte de grange @ pothiéres2
Grange à Pothières
2017  Oil on canvas  
30 x 40 cm.
porte sur la rue de canal
Porte sur la Rue du Vieux Moulin, Mussy
2017   Oil, sand, and acrylic on canvas  
40 x 30 cm.
20 rue Boursault
20 rue Boursault, Mussy
2017   Oil, sand, acrylic, and paper on canvas  
70 x 50 x 2 cm.
petite porte de grange
Petite Porte Délabrée
2017   Oil on canvas  
18 x 13 cm.
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4 Rue Dessertenne
2017   Oil, sand, gravel, and paper on canvas  
70 x 50 x 1 cm.
Porte Rue de l'Hôpital
Porte Elevée, Rue de l’Hôpital, Mussy
2017 Oil, acrylic, and sand on canvas
70 x 50 x 1 cm.
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Porte sur le Quai Interrompu, Mussy
2018  Oil, acrylic, and sand on canvas
60 x 60 x 1 cm.
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Portillon, Mussy
2018  Oil, sand, and acrylic on canvas 
40 x 20 cm.
Porte à Vix II
Porte à Vix II
2018  Oil, sand, and acrylic on canvas  
100 x 50 cm.
37 rue Gambetta
37 rue Gambetta, Mussy
2018  Oil, sand, acrylic, and steel on canvas  
40 x 20 x 1 cm.
maison à gomméville
Maison à Gomméville 
2018  Oil, sand, and acrylic on canvas  
70 x 50 x 2 cm.
la maison du chien mechant
La Maison du Chien Méchant
2018  Oil, sand, and acrylic on canvas  
70 x 50 x 1 cm.
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Prison Ferme
2018  Oil, sand, acrylic, paper, and wood on canvas  
70 x 50 x 2 cm.
Maison à Pothiéres
Maison à Pothières
2018  Oil, wire, and paper on canvas  
70 x 50 cm.
l'Entrée Secrète à l'Enfer
l’Entrée Secrète à Enfer
2018 Oil and acrylic on canvas
40 x 20 cm.
sans adresse
Maison sans Adresse, Rue Charles Lambert, Mussy
2018 Oil, sand, acrylic, wood, wire and paper on canvas
70 x 50 x 1 cm.
maison des chevaux
La Maison des Chevaux
2018 Oil, sand, gravel, copper and steel wire on canvas
40 x 20 x 1 cm.
anneaux à cheval
Porte Cassée avec les Anneaux à Cheval
2018 Oil, sand, acrylic and wire on canvas
70 x 50 x 1 cm.
Porte à Châtillon
Porte Délabrée à Châtillon
2018 Oil, sand, acrylic, copper and aluminum on canvas
100 x 50 x 10 cm.
porte ruelle a chatillon
Ancienne Porte: Ruelle à Châtillon-sur-Seine
2018 Oil, sand and acrylic on canvas
70 x 50 cm.
Vielle Porte, Ervy-le-Châtel
Vielle Porte, Ervy-le-Châtel
2018 Oil, sand and acrylic on canvas
70 x 50 cm.
Door at Ervy2
Maison Abandonnée, Ervy-le-Châtel
2018 Oil, sand, acrylic, foam core board, wood, aluminum and cardboard on canvas
70 x 50 x 6 cm

Vielle Porte, Rue du Croissant, Mussy
2017 Oil, sand, acrylic, wood and paper on canvas
70 x 50 x 6 cm.

Prison Ferme II
2019 Oil, sand, acrylic, gravel, and wood on canvas
40 x 20 x 1 cm.


Vielle Porte, Châtillon-sur-Seine
2019 Oil on canvas
70 x 50 cm.

Vielle Porte, Loches-sur-Ource
2019 Oil, sand, acrylic, wood, foam core board, cardboard, and paper on canvas
70 x 50 x 8 cm.
Porte à Charrey-sur-Seine

2019 Oil and acrylic on canvas
70 x 50 x 2 cm.
Porte Ancienne à Ricey-Haute-Rive
2019 Oil, sand, acrylic, foam core board, and wire on canvas
70 x 50 cm.
Vielle Porte, Ricey-Haute-Rive
2019 Oil and sand on canvas
70 x 50 cm.
Vielle Maison à Autricourt
2019 Oil, sand, acrylic, wood and gravel on canvas
70 x 50 x 6 cm.
Portillon Ancien, La Promenade, Mussy-sur-Seine
2019 Oil, sand, foamcore and wood on canvas
70 x 50 x 2 cm.
Façade de Magasin Fermé
2019 Oil, sand, foam core, wood, paper, and wire on canvas
70 x 50 x3 cm.
La Porte Verte, Bar-sur-Aube
2019 Oil, sand, acrylic, and foam core on canvas
70 x 50 x 3 cm.
Door in an Alley, Bar-sur-Aube
2019 Oil on canvas
40 x 20 cm.
Ancienne Porte à Bar-sur-Aube
2019 Oil, sand, and acrylic on canvas
40 x 20 x 6 cm.
La Porte Bleue, Bar-sur-Aube
2019 Oil, sand, and acrylic on canvas
70 x 50 x 2 cm.
Porte Oubliée, Bar-sur-Aube
2019 Oil on canvas
70 x 50 cm.
Vielle Maison à Essoyes
2019 Oil, sand, foam core board, wood, wire, and gravel on canvas
70 x 50 x 8 cm.




Porte de Grange à Gomméville
2019 Oil, sand, gravel, acrylic cloth, silicone, foam core board, silicone, and copper on canvas
70 x 50 x 4 cm.
Porte Pourrie à Bar-sur-Aube
2019 Oil, sand, acrylic, and wood on canvas
70 x 50 x 4 cm.
Porte de Grange à Landreville
2019 Oil, sand, wood, cardboard, gravel, and copper wire on canvas
70 x 50 x 4 cm.
Maison Abandonnée à Romilly-sur-Seine
2019 Oil, sand, acrylic, wood, and cardboard on canvas
70 x 50 x 4 cm.
Porte de Grange à Vaudes
2019 Oil, sand, acrylic, cardboard and polyethylene on canvas
70 x 50 x 4 cm.
Porte Entre Deux Dimensions
2019 Oil, sand, acrylic, wood and cardboard on canvas
70 x 50 x 8 cm.
Porte de Grange à Charrey-sur-Seine
2019 Oil, sand, acrylic and cardboard on canvas
50 x 50 x 2 cm.
Porte de Prison, Mussy (La Fuite)
2019 Oil, sand and acrylic on canvas
70 x 50 cm.
Porte à Verpillières
2020 Oil, sand, acrylic, paper, wood, silicone and gravel on canvas
70 x 50 x 4 cm.
60 rue Gambetta, Mussy
2020 Oil, sand, acrylic, cardboard and paper on canvas
70 x 50 x 6 cm.
Vielle Porte, Vilcotte-sur-Ource
2020 Oil, sand, acrylic and wood on canvas
70 x 50 x 10 cm.
Porte à Flavigny-sur-Ozerain
2020 Oil, sand, wood and acrylic on canvas
70 x 50 x 4 cm.
Porte Rouge à Bar-sur-Aube
2020 Oil, sand, acrylic and wood on canvas
100 x 50 x 5 cm.
La Maison des Chevaux II
2020 Oil, sand, acrylic, gravel, copper wire and cardboard on canvas
100 x 50 x 4cm.
1776
2020 Oil, sand, acrylic, cardboard, wood and wire on canvas
100 x 50 x 6 cm.
La Grange à Pothières
2020 Oil, sand, acrylic, cardboard, wood, copper wire, gravel and polystyrene on canvas
50 x 70 x 4 cm.
La Maison de Mystère
2020 Oil, sand, pumice, acrylic, wood and gravel on canvas
70 x 50 x 4cm.
Petite Porte à Châtillon-sur-Saône
2020 Oil and pumice on canvas
40 x 20 cm.
37 rue Gambetta, Mussy
2020 Oil, sand, gravel, cardboard, wood, copper wire and brass on canvas
100 x 50 x 8 cm.
Porte à Villers Patras
2020 Oil, sand, acrylic, cardboard, wood and copper on canvas
70 x 50 x 1 cm.
Portillon à Laignes
2020 Oil, sand, acrylic, copper wire and wood on canvas
75 x 50 x 2 cm.