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ROADSIDE ATTRACTIONS

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Morning Stretches         Private Audience         Practice Before the Show

Aquarium         Magic Circus         Warm-Up Stretch         The Whole Family         Always the Clown

End of the Show         Her First Big Top Moment         It’s Show Time!         Two Clowns         Red Clown

Blue Hoop Dancer         Goofballs         Goofball on Unicycle         Quiet Juggler         Smoke-Effect Rehearsal         The Orange Show

Red Goofball         The Evening Show         Circus Magician         Rehearsing the Act         Big Circus 3        33 small a

Unicycle Juggle         Going Solo         Magic Juggler         Bumble Bee Clown         Circus Girls         Two Alone in the Ring

Queen of the Big Top         Tightrope Walker         Red Clown in Green Light         Cirque         Magic         The Magic Show

Juggler         Circus Whale         Parade of the Bird-Hat Ladies         Fanfare         The Queen Who Soars         The Elephant's Bow

Grandfather's Trained Bear         The Last One Done Before the Parade         Waiting to Perform         Chick Power Series/Whoa        Chick Power Series/Over and Above	        Chick Power Series/Dodging the Status Quo

The Rigging         The Late Show         Red Trapeze         Circus Flyers #1         Circus Flyers #2         Circus Flyers #3

Flying Yellow Circus         Early Morning Warm Up Early Morning Warm Up         Light as a Feather         Line Judges         Two Alone

Time to Get on the Bus         Country Road Rehearsal Country Road Rehearsal         Last to Go         Almost There

Empty Handed         Last Show         Any Port in a Storm         High Wire         American Flyer         Swinger

Double Trouble Clowns         Circus Bird 1         Circus Bird 2         Circus Bird 3         Stars of the Big Top 1         Stars of the Big Top 2

Stars of the Big Top 3         Stars of the Big Top 4         Circus Bird #4         Circus Bird #5         Circus Bird #6

Magic Circus         Queen of the Trapeze         Sunrise Event         Trapeze Clown

Roadside Attractions
October, 2007

These paintings are from real childhood memories from the back seat of my dad's car while he drove me to see the circus. As we got nearer, I read the huge, hand-painted sign - Roadside Attraction up ahead! This was my earliest memory of elation, excitement and anticipation.

My dad rescued me from school one day and took me to my first circus. I remember every second of that day inside the Cylde Beatty - Cole Brothers Circus. The sight of enormous canvas tents in an open field mesmorized me. The aroma of circus tigers, elephants and popcorn mixed in with fresh sawdust stirred me up. The aerial performers, costumed clowns and the sound of the live circus band pretty much did it for my impressionable self - I was hooked!

At ten years old, I was to be a one-man circus act. I loved climbing, swinging and hanging from ropes tied in our backyard trees. In our yard, my dad built a trapeze and a high bar for me. I bought a book on "How to be a Clown." I listened to circus music and I practiced magic tricks which included the family rabbit and dog. During the summer I performed an entire one-man backyard circus act for our neighbors. Now, I swear to God this is true - for the Grand Finale I performed swinging gymnastic gyrations on a burning suspended bicycle ten feet in the air!

Now I was ready to run away and join the circus - even my parents encouraged me.

When the circus came to town, I was there early to watch them erect the tents and talk to the "Trapeze Family." Before their rigging was hoisted to the top, I got to practice briefly with them. It was brief, but I did it. I flew in the circus!

I have always loved the excitement and danger of the circus and the thrill it gave me.

Today, now in my artist studio, painting everyday is very much like performing and flying high above the center ring. It's exciting and it's dangerous. This time, however, there's no net.

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