I have been painting and writing about American culture and politics for many years. Painting out a story of what I am thinking about on any given day is the best way (for me) to rearrange the gray matter. We all need meditative avenues for release of stress and anxiety. Painting is my way.
I have reserved this page to highlight recent works that cover an issue that many in the 48th are concerned about. Those with an "S" or "A" in front of the number are actual Bills that reached the Senate chamber for Senator Ritchie to vote on. I will provide painting title and a commentary on her vote and how I would vote as your Senator.
“Senator Ritchie Expects a Black Person to Wear White Hair at a Job Interview” 2020. Acrylic on paper, 16 x 20"
Fortunately Bill S 6209 passed the Senate and was signed into law. It expanded the definition of race, prohibiting discrimination based on traits such as hair texture and protective braids, locks, and twirls. Senator Ritchie Voted “nay” to the chagrin of the 21st century.
“Senator Ritchie Voted to Arm Teachers With Bump Stocks and Trigger Cranks” 2020. Acrylic on paper, 16 x 20"
Senate Bill 2448 to outlaw bumper stocks and trigger cranks and to NOT allow teachers to put a loaded .45 in the desk drawer. Fortunately it passed. Unfortunately, Senator Ritchie did not want the bill to pass.
That actually sickens me.
“Tell Me, Does This Image Capture Senator Ritchie's Future Obeyance to Fascism?” 2020. Acrylic and charcoal on paper, 16 x 20"
I do not think Senator Ritchie is a fascist. However, I do imagine her kind of leadership to welcome it if our dollar ever dived like the Weimar mark. She uses the American flag too often, perpetuating a jingoism that frightens me. The American flag hasn’t brought equal justice yet, nor a universal health care to citizens in the richest nation in the world.
“Like Senator Ritchie, I Would Vote for Helpful Road Signs. Unlike Senator Ritchie, I’d Vote With the 14th Amendment” 2020. Acrylic on paper, 16 x 20"
Senator Ritchie went “Nay” on the 14th Amendment back in 2011. I don’t want to live in her creepy theocracy. I want to thrive in a constitutional republic.
How about you?
“Teenager Dreaming of Hometown Prospects in Senator Ritchie's Tax-free Styrofoam Factory Town” 2020. Acrylic on Styrofoam, 8 x 15"
“If You Think These Times Are Hard, Just Wait Til You Have to Wear a Deer Suit to Get Dinner” 2020. Acrylic on canvas, 14 x 30"
There is so much we can do to protect our world from the speed greed of the very few. I fear that no one will move a muscle to secure a robust future for our children. We wait for the brave to legislate against power systems that deplete. And we are still waiting.
“Senator Ritchie Voted to Allow Smoking in Public Parks” 2020. Acrylic on paper, 12 x 16"
Anoter sign of the Senator behind the times. Children play in parks. Immune-compromised people sit on park benches. We don't need smoker Fred’s air pollution to tread on us, or give our kids asthma.
Join the 21st Century!
“The 48th Seems Sooo Topsy-turvy These Days” 2020. Acrylic on paper, 12 x 16"
Up is down. Down is up. Please remember that on the big issues I am nearly a direct opposite vote of Senator Ritchie. So if you think the world is topsy-turvy too, then hire me, and I’ll do my best to set it all back right side up.
“Does Senator Ritchie Want Us to Take Off Our Masks and Get Sick or Worse?” 2020. Acrylic on paper, 12 x 16"
This is no joke. Your Senator voted NOT to repeal an anti-mask law.
During a lethal pandemic!
“Senator Ritchie Voted ‘Nay’ to End the Retail Store Sales of Dogs, Cats and Rabbits" 2020. Acrylic on paper, 12 x 16"
For the life of me, I cannot understand why Ritchie would vote to preserve an industry that is rife with abuse. Maybe a best friend from college or high school owns a pet store?
I would have voted “Aye” because our animal shelters do not need competition in finding good homes for needy mammals.
“Senator Ritchie Voted Against Gay Marriage in New York” 2020. Acrylic on panel, 16 x 20"
Ritchie's 2011 vote has not aged very well. Also, very un-Republican and anti-American as far as pertaining to our rights under the 14th Amendment. As your Senator I would have voted “Aye” because I believe in liberty and justice for all.
“For Far Too Long the Republican Party Has Been a Parasitic Worm in the 48th” 2020. Acrylic on old wood.
Lobbies have too much influence over parties and politicians.
I promise never to have lunch with anyone besides my colleagues, family, friends, and citizens of the 48th who lobby for their livelihoods, and not national profit on a mass scale.
“Pardon My French, but Your 20th Century Nationalism est de la merde en pot” 2020. Acrylic on paper, 12 x 16"
Maybe Senator Ritchie would be better suited running as a Tea Party Republican for United States Senator. Jingoism is not patriotism. I don't think we need more militarism in our society. Let's un-clench for a few and smell the flowers.
“I Visited Beautiful Derby Hill With My Beautiful Wife and Daughter and Thought Not of the Ugly Politics We Play” 2020. Acrylic on paper, 12 x 16"
Please, before summer is gone, take a ride along the Seaway Trail. Such beauty to inspire hope for a better world!
“I Don't Think Sen. Ritchie is Legislating Our Responsibility to the Future” 2020. Acrylic on paper, 12 x 16"
Fortunately, in June, 2019, Senate Bill 6599 passed, overriding the “Nay” vote by Ritchie. It was a bill to increase New York's renewable energy goals to achieve 100 percent zero-emission standards by 2040. Perhaps senator Ritchie cannot see past her own thumb's down to the healthy vitality of our lives and environment.
I would have voted “Aye” because I am a grandfather and on earth.