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Desert Ghosts

Desert Ghosts is a series of paintings and drawings devoted to the abandoned houses I observed while traveling in Southern California, along Route 66 and thereabouts. Some of them are decrepit farm buildings, others are sad witnesses of the housing crisis of 2008. Repossessed by banks and then intentionally made unlivable, they stand amid the vast and dispassionate desert slowly returning to the elements. Broken walls, torn wallpaper, a sofa thrown outdoors and yielding to harsh sun and wind, a children s toy, a woman s shoe -- a chilling, but eerily peaceful sight that caught my imagination.