COMMEMORATIVES My interest in allegorical, personalized and commemorative art began in my childhood. I had an insuperable perception of varying people’s personalities and their corresponding feelings, which often overwhelmed me. Regular study of philosophy and meditation taught me to focus these abilities and create works which celebrate others' individual journeys. I create personal landscapes and portraits of people, analogous to the resources they use while facing complex internal and external challenges. Sometimes I am asked to capture the essence of certain milestones in people’s lives such as births, retirement or the passing of loved ones. I describe this process further in my Commemoratives statement (see link above).

Statement

COMMEMORATIVES


When I make art about others, I become a story teller. My interest in allegorical, personalized and commemorative art, celebrating milestones in individual journeys began in my childhood.

Growing up, I had an insuperable perception of varying people’s personalities and their corresponding feelings which often overwhelmed me with their immensity, causing me to feel isolated. As I matured, my sensitivity was compounded with chronic illness, which pushed me to study philosophy and meditation in order to manage the often overpowering burden I felt. Regular study taught me to become aware of my many gifts and in the process to appreciate others.

In Commemoratives I use what I have learned about myself to create personal landscapes and portraits of people, analogous to the resources they use while facing complex internal and external challenges. Sometimes I am asked to capture the essence of certain milestones in people’s lives such as births, graduations, anniversaries, retirement or the passing of loved ones.

I begin with an interview to learn about the significance of an individual’s event and the people involved. I learn about their preferred colors and their emotional connection to them. We talk about objects they cherish, their philosophical beliefs and their feelings about the depicted commemoration. I often use photographs as an added conduit of ideas. During this time, I connect the dots and from the mélange of ideas, a firm understanding of the commemoration emerges.

In these compositions, I use mimetic, harder-edged shapes and images to contrast them against melded color fields to create tension; static vs. active. Sometimes I paint transparent, stenciled layers of epistolary images, depicting them in values close to the background color to add movement and depth in the painting. Frequently, a singular element develops into a focal point of the piece to espouse the subject itself.


Accompaniment: A Memorial
2011
mixed media on canvas
24" x 18"
Portrait of an Ascended Woman
2011
acrylic on linen
22" x 28"
The Rose Cottage
1999
acrylic on canvas
24" x 18"
The Rose Cottage, detail
1999
acrylic on canvas
His Paradise: Portrait of Her Husband
2009
acrylic on canvas
12" x 24"
Portrait of a Master Healer
2004
acrylic on canvas
24" x 24"
After Titan: A Memorial
2012
acrylic on linen
16" x 20"
Chic Alchemist: A Portrait
2011
acrylic on canvas
9" x 9"
Infinite Listening: For the Japanese Ambassador's Visit
2009
mixed media on canvas
4" x 6"
Hold Me: Portrait of an Italian-Slavic Princess
2005
acrylic on canvas
11" x 14"
Jay, Commemorating His 50th Birthday
2004
acrylic on canvas
11" x 14"
Caramel Drummer: A Portrait
2000
acrylic on birch veneer
5" x 5" x 1.75"
She Wears Red on Mondays: A Portrait
2001
acrylic on birch veneer
5" x 5" x 1.75"
Spatika: A Portrait
2001
acrylic on birch veneer
5" x 5" x 1.75"
Two Selves, Bathing: Portrait for Her Mother
2000
acrylic on birch veneer
5" x 5" x 1.75"
Sign Language: Portrait for Her Sister
2000
acrylic on birch veneer
5" x 5"