campy ram with yam & lions


It's really a goat.  But it is becoming a ram.  The yam is unusually orange and is from Alabama.  It grew a propeller and became a blimp, piloted by a rubber duckie.  The lion ate a lioness and became a cow.  The cootie is trying to avoid being eaten by the heron.

yammus

the superlative yam

Yams are accompanied by citrus fruits.  My friend Ben the art critic sees this yam moving backwards in time to the dawn of creation.

tribute to chardin

Three Yams and a Cornbread

 In honor of the great 18th century French portraitsandstilllifes.com artist.  The top two yam models looked like a walrus and a seal. The bottom one looked like a big submarine.   19x24

the great yam of dublin                 the giant yam of san ramon

 Diptych   18x24  In honor of the twin East Bay cities.     The gate opens to a castle on a hill, speaking to the inner richness of this Yam.

(Transgender Issues in) The Vegetable kingdom


24x30 King Yam sits on a bed of red bliss potatoes and rules over the root vegetables. Queen Yam sits on a mushroom, looking after her salad greens.
   But the carrot wants to join his sisters, and the gourd wants to join her brothers!  They have each grown little feet for that purpose.

   Is that a butterfly, or a hawk eating a squirrel?

Yam of Doom


20x20  This highly pockmarked yam is from North Carolina and was shaped like a kidney bean.  The painting is a synthetic view of both sides at once.

May a moody baby doom a yam?
Not this one!

the squirrel is making strange noises

This little critter is standing on its hind legs and saying "A-O-OZZIG".  I don't know what that means.  But the painting is in honor of National Guard troops serving under trying conditions in Iraq, as the military figure is their commanding general.  May they return to the land of squirrels and sweet potatoes soon. The Yam, which is in the painting but does not participate in its action, is a double rendition of the same yam.   24x18.

Yam From Eggplant

The heavens are ablaze with glory as this yam bursts forth fully formed from an eggplant, as witnessed by a retinue of fruits.  With thanks to my friend Jim Houghton.  Fall 2008

Yams Wear Shiny SHoes

In honor of a trip to the theater with our friends the Field-Neelys, to see Wendy Wasserstein's great play "Third".  Nancy was wearing a pretty blouse, which I wanted to paint as a dividing curtain.  But it turned into a headless giraffe doing the Watusi.

how bad i yam


Based on a real event.  Five local yokels are in trouble for driving around with a pipe bomb in their trunk. They just liked to see things go boom.  Still in the pokey.  Stupid, definitely, and maybe even terrorists?

Thanks to my friend Susan for the better title. I was just going to call it “The Bad Yam”.  Nancy says the big one on the left is “the best yam ever”

May 2011  22x28

stilllife

with yam and planets


Mango and Banana, Yam on the Moon.  The red dot of a planet is Mars. From another sector, the Tomato People have sent out three cherry tomato scouts from the mother ship to check out our solar system.  But unbeknownst to them, Michael Quigli’s grape has joined the party.  No telling what will happen next.

yambonie


This was my first Yam painting.  The bottom one is actually a boniato and is next to a rib.  The second one looked like a bird..

Sunrise over Yam City


Acrylic on the rough side of masonite.  
Yes, there is a colony of string beans in the suburbs.    24x24  Summer 2003

How be-ith oo?



I yam goodly!

yam dreaming


24x36 Dec 25-31 2013.  I had not planned to make this painting, but came across such an amazingly big yam at a specialty food market that I felt compelled to paint it. A gift!

Whale Yam

A big yam with a flat bottom and pronounced orange mouth.  Shaped very much like a whale.  Sept 2015  11x14

Hunt Slonem Yam

Inspired by Hunt Slonem, interior decorator to the stars, who has the biggest studio in NYC, and who paints birds, butterflies, and rabbits with great gusto. Hunt is a larger-than-life flamboyantly-dressed man, and I have selected a Yam with the same characteristics. It has  bulging veins and is a bright florid pink. Above it is a boniato whose surface is a veritable war zone, covered with scabs, scales, and mottled purple coloration. Most root vegetables are happy to live underground.  Not this one.

24x36 Dec 2015.

[Yam Art Museum]

YAM with black holes


The lizard on the right is an iguana, but looks somewhat fishy.  The other reptile is actually a blue salamander.  This yam had very deep holes, going down half an inch or more.  The Yam of Doom also had one, but nothing like this yam.  As with that painting, the top orange projection is based on the other side of the yam.
18x24 Summer 2014

cousin bernie

comes to visit

2012 30x40 Cousin Bernie is the potato.  No, there is no Bernie in my family in real life. Laura notes a Hopper-esque quality to this piece, in that the woman seems isolated in the spacious living room and her relationship to the root vegetables is ambiguous.  She has a point, and in fact I don’t know if it is her house or the Yams’ house. Moreover, the central painting in the painting might actually be a wide screen monitor of their bedroom, rather than a still life, the better for us to voyeuristically observe them.  But I can tell you that the little painting in the painting in the painting is a picture of Jim Wodark plein-air painting (see www.jimwodark.com).

​As you know, root vegetables have citrus fruits as pets. Bernie’s lime is on the rug, and the Yams’ lemon is on their bedroom chair.  Their pink rug is very fluffy. Look closely and you will see the Chinese vase is in honor of Ming Chen, a junior high school friend of mine, who went on to do great things in Seattle.  The I and G flowers are responding to the lady’s reach.

yam with hyphalosaurus


The hyphalosuarus is an aquatic dinosaur. There are two flanking the Yam, and the top one has two heads, one of which is in honor of Loretta Reisberg, a fine Southern lady.  The yam itself is an idealized, platonic form, totally without blemish, and painted from imagination, not a real model.  20x30  May 2014