The Deployment Project

These small works were daily paintings made from observation and an occasional photographic reference over the 332 day period when my son was deployed overseas with the Army National Guard. It was a commitment that acknowledged his own, and that carved out a moment of time each day for remembering.

My rules were that each painting had to be made in one sitting, without going back later. They were done in oils, except for times I was away from my studio, when I used watercolors. Each is numbered on the back with the number of days since he left home, the number of months he had been gone, the number of days gone that month, and the number of days towards the 270 day deployment.

These works are a narrative of what was in my sight, and a diary of an attempt at an uninterrupted connection to my son.

The following is a selection of those works.

Japanese Teapot
Tomato Pot
Oil
Lid Askew
Oil
Four Points
Oil
Red Leaf
Oil
Red Ornament
Oil
Pocket Knives
Oil
Cheese and Mat Knives
Oil
Sunflowers
Watercolor
Cabbage and Asters
Oil
Rubber Chicken
Oil
Measuring Cups
Watercolor
Blue Measuring Spoons
Oil
Pink Measuring Spoons
Oil
Turquoise Measuring Spoons
Oil
GIRL
Watercolor
PUMPKINS
Oil
GOURDS
Oil
Pumpkin
Oil
Hubbard Squash
Oil
Pumpkin and Leaf
Oil
Duck Bill
Oil
Beak and Pot
Oil
Bill
Oil
Bill and Trunk
Oil
Bottles
Oil
Red Seat
Oil
Tall Chair
Oil
Charger
Watercolor
Birds
Oil
Canary
Oil
Red Bird
Oil
Apple
Oil
Dark Angel
Oil
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Red Seat

Oil