Peak Oil, Oil on canvas, 36 x 32 in., 1999
Peak Oil, Oil on canvas, 36 x 32 in., 1999

Peak Oil is a representation of the Lucas Gusher at Spindletop Salt Dome in Beaumount, Texas, January 10th 1901. This gusher marked the beginning of the Texas oil boom, there was so much oil found at Spindletop that by 1914 gas was selling at 3 cents a barrel. In the painting a large sky face to the right glances down furtively as if knowing where this road leads. The left side of the canvas reveals what appears to be stacks of skulls.

Black Gold, oil on canvas, 36 x 32 in., 2002
Black Gold, oil on canvas, 36 x 32 in., 2002
Mister Bitumen, Oil and epoxy on panel, 66 x 44 in, 2009

Mister Bitumen was created in protest of the Alberta Oil Sands project and it’s toxic impact on the communities as it is pumped through the country, in the air to the world at large, and in the ground water of nearby communities. Mister Bitumen is a reluctant player in the money game and big oil.

Sign Avaaz Petition in support of the people of Mattawa Ontario. 

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Pipeline giant TransCanada just secured an entire town’s silence with a $30,000 “gift” — preventing the town council from speaking out about a dangerous new tar sands pipe. But a massive uproar can still kill this dirty deal and win back the town’s voice.

Giant oil companies are fighting hard to snake these tar sands pipelines across our country — and deals like this let them plow through without resistance. But now the company is on the defensive and says that they will cut out the silencing clause “if necessary”. On Monday, Mattawa’s town council will meet and have the chance to demand they to do just that.

It isn’t easy to stand up to a huge corporation, but the small Ontario town of Mattawa can do it. We only have days to act! Click to sign the petition, and Avaaz will deliver it straight to the city council meeting.

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