R. Michael Wommack

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R. Michael and Nina Wommack
I am an artist currently working in pastel of a series of drawings about living in the suburbs. I have lived in Bucks county, Pennsylvania with my wife Nina for the past 30 years. Nina has received her Masters in counseling, but continues to work in her ceramic studio. I have been touring the country with these drawings for the past 9 years.
To see my complete show schedule, see the calendar page.
One of my pastels was in the Art of the State show, at the Pennsylvania State Museum in Harrisburg in 2014. I also had a solo show last year in Houston at the Redbud Gallery that was reviewed in Art ltd. magazine.       http://www.artltdmag.com/index.php?subaction=showfull&id=1420850682&archive=&ucat=43&


          This series of drawings, now in its tenth year, was inspired by a dream I had a while back. In my dream I was swimming in pools that were connected to each other, at night. I was in my childhood neighborhood, Levittown in Pennsylvania, an early example of the archetypal American suburban development. The houses were all dark, and the illuminated pools were casting an ethereal glow over the entire neighborhood. I was drifting from back yard to back yard without another soul in sight. I found this dream a little odd, since I am not a particularly good swimmer, but the vivid colors really stayed with me.


         We moved to Juniper Hill in the early 60’s when I was six years old. The houses were newly built. As far as the eye could see there was the same house, in one of three alternating colors, in a gently curving and undulating artificial landscape. The trees were mere sticks, and no one had put up fences. Surrounded by plowed fields, on which Levittown was built, the visual impact was compounded when approaching this community of 17,000 homes in a car. As a first grader having previously lived in a country house, this experience was profound. I remember much from this time. It may be that our early impressions are made more vivid by the simple fact we have had fewer of them.  Our brains are uncrowded with decades of memories. I can remember the smell of mint as I was trying to catch a Praying Mantis in the garden next door when I was 7 years old, but I can’t remember what I was doing at a specific time last week.


Because of this, I became interested in the idea of the subconscious and working from memory. I pulled my soft pastels out of storage, not having used them for years and started drawing from memory. The pastels turned out to be the perfect medium, the powdered pigment being so pure of color, and the softness of the pastel captured perfectly the feeling of the dream. I am also interested in the fact that most Americans have lived in a place like this at one time or another, and of the social ramifications of living in such a manner.


 I don’t care to deconstruct any of the dreams, but I am interested in tapping the imagery. I am not concerned with historical accuracy, but in the emotions caused by living in such a place at an early age. I am not interested in making a specific social statement. I like to keep aspects of the drawings ambiguous, to allow the viewer their own interpretation of what it means to live in American Suburbia.

 The longest shadow ever cast     Pastel on paper      32" x 40"   Available    

It kept me thinking all the time      Pastel on paper     22.5" x 12"      Sold

Blue Sunday                                    I guess the air is clean               Pastel on paper  each 20" x 32"  Sold
Roam outside the walls               The opposite of celebrity             each 20" x 32"          both sold
Wish you were here    Pastel on paper      32"x 40"  Available
Like the beekeeper with his can of smoke            Pastel on paper           34" x 46"        Sold, but similar available      
Don't get any big ideas, it's not going to happen             Pastel on paper            34" x 46"               Sold                  
You can watch the grass grow                      Pastel on paper           30" x 38"                       Sold
Counting stars             Pastel on paper          32" x 40"             Sold
We've been there              Pastel on paper                27" x 34"                   

Blue velvet      Pastel on paper      36" x 48"          Sold
Waiting for the light to change      Pastel on paper       27" x 34"                     Sold
I used to sleep at night       Pastel on paper      34" x 27"                       Sold

Wommack Studios 128 East Maple Avenue Langhorne, PA 19047
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