"Tales" uses Pinocchio and his entourage to tell an allegory of the boy who has gone wrong. These paintings chronicle the perils of a young man's bad decisions. Pinocchio, the naughty wooden puppet with good intentions, is easy to relate to. Like all good tales, these seek to entertain as well as deliver their devastating message.
I use discarded backing material as my "plate" which I oil paint directly onto. After each pull of a print, I repaint the plate, transforming the image through color and gesture. The process is freeing and spontaneous allowing me to focus on the beauty of the gesture, color and emotion of my images. My interest in the German Expressionist painters/printmakers is apparent.
The prints are oil paint on Japanese printmaking paper, 12"x9"
These paintings represent a transitional time. They encompass many feelings including sadness, anguish, discovery and hope that are all part of the healing process. The surfaces of the paintings are prepared by applying a thick random surface of acrylic medium. I then draw with willow stick before beginning to paint. I allow the charcoal and oil paint to mix in the process of painting giving more depth and character to the paint. The random texture of the acrylic underpainting contributes to the overall rawness of the subject giving it a scarred surface as if painted on an ancient wall.
In "Vignettes" I painted on a non-absorbent surface of synthetic paper to create brief, evocative episodes. The paintings are fluid expressionist commentaries on loneliness and the complexity of human relationships.
These portraits are startling in their simple expression of intimacy. Stripped bare of everything extraneous, they express sorrow, alienation, regret, comfort, shared private moments and joy. The figures look into space in despair, hope and wonder. The portraits are painted in an expressionist style where form gives way to expression.
Chinese Zodiac represent the twelve animals of the zodiac cycle. In the spirit of traditional Chinese art which often incorporates calligraphy with visual art, I have incorporated a written personality trait as well as the numeric place in the zodiac cycle.
I began these large scale oil paintings following a trip to Beijing in November 2009. This crowded, vibrant city, steeped in tradition is rapidly changing into a modern society. The work attempts to capture the spirit of the people as China transforms.
Figures floating in water or space. "Zero Gravity" expresses ideas about the power of the human form, physicality and spirituality, movement in space, weightlessness and gravity and the figure merging with its environment.
The Swimmers were completed following a long swim in a pristine mountain lake. They are about how the body moves and feels while in water. This series of 22 oil stick on paper paintings were exhibited at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts, Summer 2007.
This work was inspired by the drowning of a friend. It is a pivotal body of work for me for several reasons. It is my first narrative piece. In it I loosely refer to Homer's Sirens who lure the sailors to a watery grave with their beautiful song. It also completed my transition from using musical instruments in my compositions to figurative work.