I paint objects as portraits of the people I care about: Nick's drums, Gladys' ladder, Derek's trombone, Joseph's violin. The pitcher is my great aunt's, found abandoned in her garage in Maine. The shovels are my brother Al's. I had a season of painting my father's wrenches and our inherited hand-made tools and that series led to musical instruments: another kind of tooI. I love the complexity and precision of musical instruments, their form dictated by wavelengths of sound and the size of hands.


sheets study
30 x 48 
oil on aluminum
sheets study
30 x 48
oil on aluminum
'wheelbarrow'
20.5 x 23
oil on paper on aluminum
'wheelbarrow'
20.5 x 23
oil on paper on aluminum
'fitted sheets'
30 x 55
oil on aluminum
'fitted sheets'
30 x 55
oil on aluminum
'clarinet, two views'
28 x 8
oil on paper on alumnum
'clarinet, two views'
28 x 8
oil on paper on alumnum
'pitcher'
15 x 18
oil and charcoal on aluminum
'pitcher'
15 x 18
oil and charcoal on aluminum
'ladder'
22 x 29.5
oil on paper on aluminum
'ladder'
22 x 29.5
oil on paper on aluminum

kay bradner things