Statement for Retirement Series:
I began working on the Retirement Series paintings as a way to examine how people dream of their retirement. I was working on the border of Retirement Plan 2 in the series when Hurricane Katrina occurred. I was struck by how many people’s retirement dreams were being wiped out. Retirement-Unplanned became my response to these events. The central image is the destroyed home from Retirement Plans 2. The border reflects life in FEMA trailers, as I witnessed it, thanks to a Faculty Enrichment Grant and some generous New Orleans citizens, especially Mr. Robert Green of the Lower Ninth Ward.