Date of Award

Spring 3-2021

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Grant Hargate

Second Advisor

John Troy

Third Advisor

Dennis Schmickle


This thesis shares a collection of paintings that demonstrates my understanding of how to paint still lifes using oil paint. The tools, preparation, steps, and techniques other still life painters have used to create paintings were examined in-depth and were applied by me to create my still life paintings. Food is the subject of my paintings. My family’s eating habits and wastefulness of food were my sources of inspiration. My observations took place at the end of mealtimes because that is when I noticed that my family tends to not eat every piece of food. This often means there are one or two pieces or bites left to eat. Instead of eating these remaining pieces of food, they get thrown away or left to go bad. I have chosen to highlight those last remaining pieces or bites of food through this collection of paintings. Accompanying each painting are short stories. Each short story provides context for each painting, helping viewers understand the paintings better and providing a glimpse into my life around mealtime.

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