In "Tales" I use the character of Pinocchio to tell a story 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. I use allegorical imagery to deliver the devasting effects that heroin addiction has had on Pinocchio's life.
Monoprints - Transformations
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"
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.