This series evolved from a single piece I had created around 2002 or 2003. That piece carried the same name, The Silence of Nathan Churchfield, but wasn't developed fully in it's concept (not to say it wasn't a good piece).
After several abbreviated attempts at creating a short story of the same name, I came to realize that the two - story and images - should combine. I also came to the realization that the story wasn't really about Nathan Churchfield and his silence, but rather how that silence affected others (most notably his grandson, represented by panels 6 to 12).
I pulled the first six images (those of Nathan himself) from photographs that my grandfather had taken when he was young. As I rummaged through the photographs I realized that there was an entire side to my grandfather that I knew very little about. This reinforced my original idea of a silence being used in an effort to keep something hidden.
I loved the static images from the old photographs, but I realized that a single static image just wouldn't represent someone who was coming of age at the turn of the twenty-first century. By using a computer I was able to take many different images from photographs I had taken and piece together the panels that represented the grandson. I then used a grid technique to transfer the printed images to a canvas surface.