Royal Treats is a body of work that was partially conceived in the fall of 1994. It was put on hold, however, while I undertook the commission to paint The Fourteen Stations of the Cross for St. David’s Anglican Church in Vancouver, BC.
Before I took on the Stations of the Cross, my initial ideas for Royal Treats were to encompass images of superstition and ritual set in fast-food restaurants. The paintings Royal Treats and Sandwich Artist reflect these themes. Royal Treats, which takes place in a Dairy Queen, is loosely based on the Catholic ritual of communion while Sandwich Artist takes a more pagan approach by depicting a palm reading at a Subway sandwich shop. Two other works, Fast Food Ritual I & II, also deal with similar notions.
So Begins The Reign, Oil on Canvas, 102 X 68 inches, 1997