Mary Ellen Croteau - September 2004

oil paintings

American Landscapes

These paintings represent a view of America rarely visited by the myth makers.  It’s right there, but we have a tendency to look right past it.  It’s the place that doesn’t get pictured in National Geographic or written about in Time magazine and doesn’t get sung about in anthems.  It is the bizarre, mundane, ironic, incongruous U.S. that exists everywhere.  It almost always includes some combination of automobile culture, fast food and the ubiquitous cell phone towers. 

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