Finding Beauty Where It's Not

"Boom Truck" 
10" x 20"

I have spent the last twenty-eight years or so designing signs for a living. The truck pictured above has become a very familiar view. I took a picture of this install truck while I walked into work one early morning and I thought it would be a fun to try and simplify all the details and to try and create something pretty out of a subject most people wouldn't find that way. I took my time drawing this out because any drawing issues would be very obvious. I started painting in my darks and linking them together to give weight to my subject. The truck was back lit, so I tried to paint a lot of the reflected light and to soften up the edges in my darks because I didn't want them to overpower the color and become a distraction. I saved the hardest edges and the brightest colors for the areas I wanted you to look. This painting became about the implied details and when viewed up close becomes more abstract in appearance.


  1. For an old wall dog like me this is the Mona Lisa.

  2. I love this, and I too used to design signs for a living but only for a few years, before going back to art school. Finding good subjects in the ordinary is always a good thing and this really works, almost in an abstract way too.

  3. Thank you Jim and Nigel!I'm pretty happy with this one, but I'm sad, that the market for a painting like this may be limited.