In Treatment (Working Toward the Cure)
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.
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.
The Siren's Suite
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.