“Panda in the Rain” is a monochrome composition, done in a very simple graphic style. The visual richness of the work comes from the thick impasto texture and subtle variations of color. The contrast of simplicity and richness is key to the message - sometimes the simplest experiences in our lives can be the ones that enrich us the most.
The inspiration came from my way of dealing with the separation from the person I love. No matter where we are in this world, we stand under the same sky - while we are being present in the moment the distance disappears. Why rain? Because water is a powerful symbol for connection.
"Panda in the Rain"
Acrylic on panel, 24x36x1.5 inches. $500
Reality is ...
The story of our lives is based on the meaning we give to the events. We are what we believe, our reality is a patchwork of thoughts and emotions. Like Escher's hands, we are constantly creating and being created. What's your reality?
Reality is ...
acrylic on panel, 36x24 in. $900
The "Female Figures" series focuses on my personal perceptions of feminine reality. The paintings combine abstracted gestural figures, color, and illustrated type to convey some aspects of being female in modern society. The type serves as an environment and complements the emotional message conveyed through the color and figure.
"Love feeds Life" is a broad comment on the current Pro Life/Pro Choice discussion, expressing my belief that every child deserves love and should not be brought into an environment that can not provide for it. The painting also emphasizes that love is the most precious resource in a human life. Through loving ourselves and sharing that love with others we get to feel truly alive.
"Solitude is Comfort" expresses the sense of safety and relaxation I often feel in the absence of other human beings. Being feminine also means to be able to feel other people's emotions and take care of them, which can be both emotionally rewarding and taxing. Solitude offers a break from the interaction, a chance to get in touch with oneself and take care of oneself.
"Motion is Emotion" addresses the link between the body language and the emotional state. The industrial sans serif of Motion hints at the masculine aspects of personality present in all women, the "get things done" state, while the tall script in the Emotion interacts with the figure in an invasive way implying an erosive effect that excessively masculine behavior has on our relationships with others and ourselves. To find balance I have to embrace my feminine identity and not let the masculine take over.
"Disturbed Innocence" deals with the realities of sexual experience for young women, such as the memories of all the “bad nights” that I have to struggle through at the beginning of each new relationship. Some women I know, when faced with overwhelming financial challenges have considered being employed as a sexual worker. And then there is the “amature porn” fenomena, which attracts the white middle class teenagers with the promise of easy cash. In all those cases, there is a feeling of being constricted by an outside influence, which is expressed through the hands wrapping the figure.
"Love feeds Life"
acrylic, 36x30 in. $560
"Solitude is Comfort"
acrylic, 36x30 in. $560
"Motion is Emotion"
acrylic, 36x36 in. $585
acrylic, 48x24 in. $575
Ah, what could be better than a nap with your cuddly friend! The world maybe tough and mean sometimes, but watching that soft belly move and looking at those adorable expressions you can't help but smile. All is well with the world while there are cats and naps.
Acrylic and oil pastel on panel, 11.3x10.7x1.5 inches. $75
Let us be Brave
New relationships take courage. We need to battle our insecurities and fear of getting hurt. But once we overcome our limitations and find our compassion for the other person relationships become easier and more fulfilling. So be kind, be yourself, and be brave.
"Let us be Brave"
Acrylic and oil pastel on panel, 13.75x10.75x1.5 inches. $75
Catch of the Day
The phrase "catch of the day" evokes feelings of freshness, spontaneity, and luxury. And one of the quickest ways to enjoy all those things without visiting the fish market is to fall in love. When we are in love we are never bored, we have to keep on our toes, and we feel like royalty - the world is our oyster.
"Catch of the Day"
Acrylic and oil pastel on panel, 12x10x1.5 inches. $60
"Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find." All too often we get trapped in the feelings of scarcity: for money, for partners, for opportunities, etc. But in my personal experience abundance prevails when one lives with purpose.
Oil on board, 30x20 in. $550
Red and Humming
Here we have a dimensional landscape of shapes and characters interacting with a sense of nostalgia. Are the cats waiting anxiously or just wondering between naps? Will the gentle parent return, or is some part of their wold lost forever? The cats are symbols for the two ways I deal with my past, either by longing for it, or ignoring it. That feeling those of us blessed with good childhood get when looking back is filled with warmth, bright colors, and a sense of loss.
Red and Humming
Acrylic on canvas, 24x36x3.5 inches. Private collection.
Watching my Breath I Dream of Summer
This painting was created in winter as a celebration of the warm summer memories.
Watching my breath I dream of summer
24x36 inches, acrylic on canvas. Private collection.