The paintings from the American Icon series strive to capture an element of that belief with a touch of whimsy and nostalgia mixed into the stew for full flavor. Iconic, yet undeniably mass produced, the toys and accoutrements from my formative years still hold their power. Those millions of plastic toys have little intrinsic ability to do anything but age into a slightly yellowed state. The association of memory, both my own and collectively lifts them into the Pantheon of cherished things.
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