I had a great deal of fun with this series.  Much of it is done tongue in cheek.  The sexual innuendoes of mushrooms and navel oranges were deliberate. The names of the canned and wrapped fruits and vegetables were too good to be true.  Imagine my joy when I found a label that said “Thoroughly Modern Mushrooms”.  The act of reflection was a constant theme in this series. What is real, what is not? That applies to the vegetables, fruit, and their reflections.  It probably applied to me too because I was leaving art school to face an uncertain future. 
I’ve lost track of many of these paintings as most are in private collections. I still smile when I see one. They are like old, bold friends. In the end they were my talisman, sending me forward boldly into life.  




The Grand Union Series
1976-1978, and now continued in 2013...
Thoroughly  Modern Mushrooms  1977
Oil on Canvas
36X42
Curator Selection 2013
Artist's Collection


  Fruit Dance
1977
Oil on Canvas
40.5X40.5
Private Collection
 
Artificially Colored I
1977
Oil on Canvas
36X42
Private Collection

Aggressive Grapefruits  
1977
Oil on Canvas
36X36
Private Collection

  Royal Prince Yams
1977
Oil on Canvas
36X48
Curator Selection 2013
Juried Selection 2017
Artist 's Collection

  Navel Oranges
1977
Oil on Canvas
22X24
 
 
 Four Square 
1978
Oil on Canvas
43.25X43.25
Curator Selection 2013

Oranges With A Hint of Lime  
1978
Oil on Canvas
36X42
Private Collection

 Three Times Three 
1978
Oil on Canvas
36X35
Curator Selection 2013
Juried Selection, 2017 


Cool Limes  
1978
Oil on Canvas
37.5X43.5
Private Collection

Red Meat  
1978
Oil on Canvas
36X45
Curator Selection 2013


Artificially Colored II  
1978
Oil on Canvas
36X42.5
Private Collection


Canned Orange
1978
Oil on Canvas
35.5X48



Bagged Grapefruits
1978
Oil on Canvas
36X42



Below are the original paintings for which I have pictures. Most are in private collections.  This is where the series started in the mid-1970's.