Rodrigo, above, and 14 other paintings of mine – many completed the past two years during the pandemic – are on exhibit at the delightful Arts Club of Washington in February 2022. This show represents my newest work in abstract contemporary figure painting with an emphasis on faces and emotions.
In these paintings I reconsider how to view the human form, particularl as it relates to conditions of stress and fragility. Using color, texture and composition, I apply different degrees of abstraction to reveal the intimacy of a private experience.
Arts Club of Washington
2017 I St NW Washington DC 20006 Club Hours Tuesday – Friday 10-5; Saturday 10-2
Free and Open to the Public – masks and vaccination proof required at this time
Thrilled to share with you this darling and enigmatic large figurative painting. The darks really stand out and give movement and energy to any space, whether home or office. Because of its size, the painting looks terrific at the end of a hallway. The faintly pink hints here and there soften the strength of the darks, lending a wistful emotion to the figure’s pose. It’s at once bold and subtle. Contact me for any info about this piece.
I am loving this painting for the unexpected red (oil stick I picked up in Paris). I like the vibration that the red gives off, as well as the feeling of isolation in a landscape where he could so easily merge without identity. Merging is fine, but standing out and making a difference, claiming your space, is better. We only have one life. Make it count!
A lot going on in the studio. Several paintings in various stages of completion, juggling upcoming shows, arranging shipping and all the other activities involved in running a studio. It’s all a blast, with the creative part the best. I like to try new things – color, pose, emotion, type of paint, collage, and more. I think it’s important to get out of one’s comfort zone and break lose. Anything goes. Anything is possible. What if?
This exciting solo exhibit features many of my newest abstract figurative paintings. Like all of my artwork, it explores the blur between reality and the imagined, depicting emotions and feelings.
The title Naked to the Bone is particularly apt because it comes from one of my favorite poems by Pacific Northwest poet Theodore Roethke, much celebrated in the 1950s and 1960s. The poem “Open House” expresses the emotion of having your innermost feelings on show – I think it has particular relevance for this special exhibition:
Am selecting pieces from the studio for my upcoming solo exhibit at d’Art Center, Norfolk, Virginia July 1 – 25, 2021. This painting, “A Pulse Beyond 13,” 12×12 inches, may make the cut. I particularly like the way the black color dances around the square and strengthens the figure, making a powerful and compelling statement against the lush background. It epitomizes the rich relationship between ourselves and our surroundings, often at odds, yet inevitably part of one another.
The studio in winter, with good light streaming in from window doors, makes a happy place to be as wild and crazy, bold and risky, unexpected and original as any artist could desire. Neatness does not count! The important thing is to try something new. Trust oneself.
This is the first painting of 2021 completed in the studio. The January chill in the air mandates bundlng up in painted layers of silk, flannel, wool, and down quilting. Perhaps that explains the choice of white and icy blue in Sara, above. The rust-red helps to impart a warmer feel to this free-wheeling painting. I think we should all be celebrating the move into a new year promising hope and change. Fingers crossed!
Three new pieces in the studio. Left to right: Jesse 20×20; Sonny 36×36; Sigrid 20×20
Love the feel of these three pieces. Each carries his/her own personality and character, filled with ambiguity and charm, strength and concern. Their commonality lies in their uniqueness – a singular take on modern life and survival. Each individual is one of a kind, exceptional and extraordinary. Every human being carries a unique signature, like DNA, that reflects how life has been lived and how it’s to be continued. Rare, strange and different are high accolades, not something to be shunned. Better to stand out than fit in.
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