If I had to pick a favourite out of the 22 paintings I made for the June 2012 exhibition at the Elliott Fouts Gallery, I’d have to consider Oliver Profile. It’s something I did for the pure enjoyment of getting lost in all the details.

On first glance, not many people would know what it is. It stands out, being almost unrecognizable as a typewriter (I assure you, it is one) with it’s unique wing-like design.

I found this typewriter in an old-tech “graveyard” of sorts. Hidden in the back of an ancient town hall in the middle of the prairie, sits a dark room bursting with adding machines, typewriters and copy machines. And on a low shelf in a corner I found this typewriter, where it sat for decades, unnoticed with its cover firmly in place. It was completely abandoned by time and technology advances.

I marvel at the intricate mechanics. The engineering prowess it took to piece together such a complicated machine simply intrigues me.

I chose to look at the typewriter from a different angle — a dead-on side profile. The negative space the profile of the typewriter creates, the contrast of the heavy, solid, deep green body and the myriad of dials, gears, knobs, levers, bolts — it was such a pleasure to paint. And through painting, I think the object goes through an organic metamorphosis. After some time, I finally figured it out — this typewriter was basically a functioning piece of steampunk art. That’s why I love it.

Oliver Profile
20″ x 30″  |  Oil/Canvas  |  2012