This painting titled "Oil on Canvas" was painted shortly after the deepwater horizon oil spill in 2010. It is the first piece in my series of Oil platforms which I am still working on. My oil platform paintings are viewed by some as a testament to awe inspiring feats of engineering by mankind. Others view them as a representation of all that is ugly in man's creations and our never ending hunger for oil which is surely harming the environment in which we live. To me they stand as icons. These oil platforms are highly recognizable, monumental structures, which represent the things we value most as a society. I try to represent them as they are; huge and powerful machines within a beautiful environment.