Money Movers

24"x36"

acrylic, oil, and oilstick on canvas

"I hired some bus boys from sierra grille to help me move one year. They walked up to the house at eight in the morning, staggering drunk, and I promised myself to start looking for a permanent place to live."

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Deathride

30"x24"

acrylic, oil, and oilstick on canvas

"another one I saw at the menil that was painted by basquiat; riding with death. it had the lyrical references of the enthusiasm upon my visit to the houston polo grounds. I needed to portray it my own interpretation, but his painting was much larger. It had the presence of the young horse's smell as I rubbed its neck in the stable."

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Mr. "G"

30"x40"

acrylic, oil, and oilstick on canvas

"it was a tough year in the stock market. for many years I played the dip in technology companies and was handsomely rewarded. this year, as you know, the bubble that bounced finally popped. in the end, I felt like a clown with a growing nose."

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Porter

24"x36"

acrylic, oil, and oilstick on canvas

"the janitors at my synagogue are some of the nicest people I know. They have been there since I was a child and know just about everyone and everything that goes on in the congregation. Its like they are part of the family, and I think that's a special thing."

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Roach Drum

24"x30"

acrylic, oil, and oilstick on canvas

"music has never really been my thing. I once played a plastic flute. in elementary school, but never really got the hang of it. but if I could play an instrument, it would be the drums because you can just sit in the back and slam the stick against the symbol and stomp your feet for as long and hard as you want to. the energy of that act is a really stimulating feeling."

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Snake's Gum

18"x24"

acrylic, charcoal, oil, and oilstick on canvas

"I wanted to depict my memories what it was like when david and I would stall the family dinner procedures and refuse to eat our portions of the steamed broccoli. we would hide the morsels of food under our plate until the imaginary snake would gobble it up. The yellow napkins were never a good place for it because mom liked to reuse them at least twice."

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Spanish Doors of Ham

30"x48"

acrylic, oil, and oilstick on canvas

"one of the amazing things about the bars in spain is the meat they hang from the ceilings. I'm not sure what kind of meat it is but you can always be confident that a carcass will be hanging over your head."

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Wine in my Sugar

18"x24"

acrylic, charcoal, oil, and oilstick on canvas

"sheryl gives me a hard time about the amount of sugar that I put in my coffee. I always recall the memory of scooping sugar out of the large bowl in an italian bar I used to visit in rome. I tell her that she's lucky that I'm not an alcoholic."

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Catback

18"x24"

acrylic, oil, and oilstick on canvas

"astrology is something that I never get involved with. my mother, on the other hand, makes references to it from time to time. whenever there is an instance in life that deserves the astrological nod, I look up at the stars and think about some of her sayings."

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Copyright MJB

18"x24"

acrylic, oil, and oilstick on canvas

"this is a bit of what you’d call paying your dues. the exercise in which I spent the last few months painting beganwith basquiat. just after I saw one of his pieces in the menil gallery, I quickly made my way over to brazos booksand bought his book. I was familiar with his work from my art history classes in school, but I had never seen one of his paintings."

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Erotic Dead Men

36"x36"

acrylic and oilstick on canvas

"I told sheryl this was my favorite painting of the study. if I were to keep just one painting to hang in the house, this would be it. later, while securing the picture wire in the back, the painting tore leaving a large wound in the canvas. I guess I really will get to keep it now."

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Rocks in the Stomach

36"x36"

acrylic, charcoal, oil, and oilstick on canvas

"my father used to teach my brother and me to chew our food 32 times before swallowing; it was something they demanded in his days at college. I always have an odd feeling in my stomach the next day after eating a steak. I think of how many times I chewed and if it was enough for the meat to digest properly."

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Smoker's Hand

24"x36"

acrylic, charcoal, oil, and oilstick on canvas

"I am angry that our government does not ban cigarettes. Its so hypocritical of our leaders to tax the product, sue the companies who make them and allow access to the public.the feds know the full impact of their destructive power to addict and kill the victims.Its a necessary evil, I guess. All of the while, medical treatment to fight the addiction is not a benefit the insurance companies recognize. Now that's the real evil."

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Liberty Sax

24"x36"

acrylic, oil, and oilstick on canvas

"this was painted to remember a long evening at a horrible jazz bar in houston. I never thought there was sucha thing as a bad jazz bar. The sounds had a dead, lifeless feeling about them. how could someone take abeautiful instrument that screams to be played with intense energy, and use it with such disregard."

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Scuba at High Tide

24"x48"

acrylic, oil, and oilstick on canvas

"I went to europe and visited mont st. michelle at the normanday coast on june 6th, the 50th anniversary of d-day. I had not planned it that way, but it was a jarring experience and something I'll never forget. It was the deathbed of many young, brave souls."

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Crimee

18"x24"

acrylic, oil, and oilstick on canvas

"I remember being thrown in a seafoam green slammer during a police raid while at a high school beer party. It was the end of the month and they had to meet their quota. Luckily, I had on blue jeans and was among friendsas they took several people away from the gathering that night. I had a big baseball game in brenham the next day and hit 2 for 3."

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City Flight over Houston

16"x20"

acrylic, oil, and oilstick on canvas

"when I was little, my parents would drive me around downtown houston and let me take pictures of the newly constructed skyscrapers. of course, it was not as nice as flying into new york city at night."

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Terminus

36"x48"

acrylic, charcoal, oil, and oilstick on canvas

"feeling that I had run my course with my studies of basquiat, i decided to end it by painting over another piece I was working on. It was a frustrating goodbye.besides,the holidays were fast approaching and I had not gone shopping for the family gifts."

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