The Puppet Show 2015

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The Puppet Show 2015

For me Puppets have always been the doorway to the imagination. They encourage language development in the young child and the ability to ad lib for those of any age. Like a mask they allow us to become some one different, but unlike a mask they are individuals, with whom we can relate and converse openly with. Conversations from the absurd to the most serious when we don't have the words to express what we mean. Puppets are little actors, we become both director and actor when we are the puppeteer, but we are also the child ready to suspend our disbelief when we are the spectators.

Seven years ago I was watching CBS Sunday Morning, and writing in my sketchbook (a long tradition of therapy for me). I thought, wouldn't it be funny to have an art show called “The Puppet Show”. You know me, funny, laughter, kindness, innocence, love… mixed with a little devilry, it’s what I’m all about, puppets too. I thought, hmm… do I know enough puppets to base a show around… dumb first thought. Almost instantly I thought, Man I’d love to paint a giant Charlie McCarthy head and started a little sketch. I didn't think much more about it.

Last year I met Robin and Greg Hergert, and George Voorhes, of Brass Works Gallery. Within the first minute of meeting Robin I had a show. I looked at my wife, Judi, and we both thought the same thing “The Puppet Show” that weekend while watching Sunday Morning I began thinking about it again. There are so many puppets that have played huge roles in my life, I easily listed a million, ok maybe not that many.

One major group of puppets that do not appear in this show that have a great importance to me are the puppets from the Neighborhood of Make-Believe. I waited too long to start them, but they will be done, in fact, I plan on finishing the rest of the puppets on my list and probably more, so don’t be surprised if there isn’t a Puppet Show 2.

My purpose for this show and many of my shows, is the hope that I can bring happy memories, many times pleasant childhood memories, back to the viewer. To put a little happiness into the world, to encourage folks to give serious thought, even for a moment, to things that most would say are not serious.

Judi has done so much for me over the years, and put up with things that many people wouldn’t. She has seen me through many a rough time. I am eternally grateful and love her to pieces. She has done an enormous amount of work on this show too, and so it is to her I dedicate “The Puppet Show”… enjoy!


Punch & Judy, and the Crocodile (not shown yet) are gouache on textured gesso. Mounted on a styrofoam base.

The hand puppets from the Punch and Judi show are gouache and ink resist on baltic birch panels, as well as Bunny Rabbit and Mr. Moose.

Charlie McCarthy and Howdy Doody, gouache on textured gesso, painted on cut out Baltic Birch

King Kong, Cyclops, Oscar the Grouch, and Yoda are all compressed charcoal and charcoal pencil on 300 lb Arches Aquarell Watercolor Paper

Rankin Bass Characters are gouache on baltic birch panels.