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In these pretty motel rooms nasty things happened. Is it still tangible? Does a room reflect its past? On view at Chelsea International Fine Art Competition 2013.

Motel Slaying

King County prosecutors have filed murder charges against three 19-year-old men and a 16-year-old girl in connection in the slaying of a 47-year-old man. The sheriff’s office says witnesses saw the victim drive up and enter a room of SeaTac Motel. Within a few minutes they heard an argument and then a gun shot. The victim stumbled out of the room and collapsed. He died at the scene.

oil on fabric and canvas, 12 x 12" (30 x 30 cm), 2012

Fractured Skull

A man beat a handcuffed guest to death inside an Elkton motel, Room 418. Court records list a fractured skull as one of the many injuries that he suffered during a “mutual combat fight” that, at some point, turned into an alleged deadly assault. According to court records, the mancontinuously beat the victim in the head with the leg of a chair that had been broken during their fight.

oil on fabric and canvas, 9 x 9" (24 x 24 cm), 2013

Young Woman's Body Found

A 21-year-old woman was found dead inside a room in the Corktown Inn on Friday, according the Detroit Police. Police said the woman was found with a gunshot wound to the body. A man that police consider to be a person of interest in the homicide was seen looking for the victim's room and then seen minutes later fleeing the Inn, located in the 1300 block of Trumbull.

oil on canvas, 7 x 7" (18 x 18 cm), 2012

Lifeless Bodies of Two Children

Broke and jobless a woman killed her young sons in a Orangeburg motel, then strapped their lifeless bodies into their car seats before rolling the vehicle into a South Carolina river, authorities said. She drove to a motel with the 2-year-old and 18-month-old boys. Late that night, in a corner room tucked at the back of the rundown, one-story motel complex, she suffocated the boys with her hands.

oil on canvas, 9 x 9" (24 x 24 cm), 2012

Possession of a Deadly Weapon

Authorities were called to the Delaware Riverview Motel, after an employee discovered the victim. Homicide detectives arrested a woman after finding some of her personal items in the motel room where the victim was found. She has been charged with 1st degree murder, possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony, and possession of a deadly weapon by a person prohibited.

oil on canvas, 12 x 12" (30 x 30 cm), 2012

Fatal Shooting

Police are investigating a fatal shooting at Budget Inn on S. AustinStreet. Police said a 41-year-old Denison man knocked on the motel room door of a 49-year-old man. He started assaulting the person that lived there but the motel resident had a gun - and fatally shot his attacker.A witness heard the gun fire: "three shots. Pow pow pow," she said."I walked over there, and there was a guy laying on the floor,".

oil on fabric and canvas, 12 x 12" (30 x 30 cm), 2012

Murder Suicide

A 16-year-old boy, his 8-year-old sister and an adult man were the victims of a suspected murder suicide at the Californian Paradise Motel in National City according to police. Detectives are investigating whether the 39-year-old man, who was found with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, is the children’s father. All three victims were found with a single gunshot wound to the head. 

oil on fabric and canvas, 12 x 12" (30 x 30 cm), 2012

Boyfriend Held in Motel Killing

Police charged the boyfriend of a 23-year-old woman with stabbing her to death over the weekend at the Super 8 Motel where they had spent the night in Room 243. He was arraigned on a second-degree murder charge Monday night in the killing of his girlfriend who bled to death a day earlier from two stab wounds to her torso, police said. He is be held without bail at the Albany County jail.

oil on canvas, 12 x 12" (30 x 30 cm), 2012

Motel Murder

The cuckolded lover who brutally murdered his ex-girlfriend and her lover committed suicide after police trapped him inside a Miami apartment. He shot himself in the head as the law closed in on his refuge. A .380-caliber handgun was found near the body. The suicide came three days after the double murder, as the couple exited a hot-sheets motel in the Bronx.

oil on canvas, 9 x 9" (24 x 24 cm), 2012


Two people were found dead in an Athens motel after what a sheriff’s investigator suspects was a ‘pill party’. A man in his 20s and a woman in her 30s were found dead at the Starlight Motel after investigators responded to a call from another hotel guest. A ‘pill party’ involves mixed prescription medications passed around in a bowl. Investigators are waiting for lab results to determine the contents of the pills.”

oil on canvas, 8 x 8", (20 x 20 cm), 2013

Suicide by Gun

Wichita Police now say the shooting at the Stratford House Motel was a suicide. Police were called to the motel Friday night and found a 23-year-old woman with a gunshot wound to her head. According to Sedgwick County 911 dispatchers, the young woman was found dead at the Stratford House Motel in the 5500 block of West Kellogg, near I-235 and Kellogg. Police are interviewing witnesses and continuing to investigate.

oil on canvas, 9 x 9" (24 x 24 cm), 2012

Hotel Homicide

A man will face a second-degree murder charge after a stabbing at the Motel 6 in Brandon. Police were called to the Trans-Canada Highway hotel around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday night, where they found the body of a 63-year-old man in one of the third-floor rooms, with injuries to his upper body. There is speculation from hotel staff and patrons that the victim was killed by his own 26-year-old son. 

oil on canvas, 12 x 12" (30 x 30 cm), 2011

Fourteen Stab Wounds

The prime suspect in the the brutal slaying murder of a 38-old municipal employee was arrested on Saturday. The victim, who succumbed to 14 stab wounds in different parts of the body, was a former live-in partner of the suspect. She checked-in alone at Room 45 of the Mariposa Lodge III motel. 30 minutes later, a man also checked-in. As he left, the employees found the woman dead, lying in a pool of blood with multiple stab wounds.

oil on canvas, 8 x 8", (20 x 20 cm), 2013

Lying in a Pool of Blood

A man found Sunday morning lying in a pool of blood at the Orange Lake Motel died after he was stabbed in the back with a steak knife. When police arrived, they found him the doorway of Room 11 in a pool of his own blood and the room in disarray behind him. Next door in Room 10, a woman was found with blood on her clothes. She was in a relationship with the victim. Police charged her with first degree murder.

oil on canvas, 12 x 12" (30 x 30 cm), 2011

The painting Boyfriend Held in Motel Killing was published on the cover of the Spanish translation of Bendición by Kent Haruf


The series was selected in Chelsea International Fine Art Competition 2013.

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