Summary: Near the end of my undergraduate career, my interest in film history was growing rapidly and I decided to do a painting in tribute to the works of Edgar Allen Poe as they were adapted to film by Roger Corman. The legendary “King of the B’s” director spent as little as a week and a half shooting such films as The Fall of the House of Usher, The Pit and the Pendylum, and The Masque of Red Death—most of them starring my favorite actor Vincent Price.
My original goal was to do a composition that portrayed Poe in a stylistically simple, yet immediately recognizable way. Corman would have a more realistic, well-developed style, but both would be appear like unfinished painting sketches. This was intended to symbolize how Corman would focus on very key, essential elements of Poe’s tales, but alter and embellish other elements in order to simply make a more audience-friendly film. I hand-stretched the canvas onto a 53” x 30” wood frame and applied white gesso only to the main middle area of the canvas, leaving other parts raw and untouched. Although few people who see the painting have ever heard of Roger Corman, it is generally considered one of my better large-scale paintings. I had it displayed above the couch in my apartment for about a year.