Like many Americans, I grew up during the Space Race and have had a life long fascination with our final frontier. Here in Florida, we have been blessed to personally watch launches. In the early years, we recovered capsules off our coast, hence the title of this artwork. It is an abstract begun in watercolor on Arches paper, with oil and pastel on that foundation.
Salt Water Summers
Growing up in Philadelphia, some of my happiest summertime memories came about when my parents packed us kids up in the car and headed for Atlantic City or Wildwood NJ. We kids enjoyed the beach, the ocean, the Boardwalk, pizza and salt water taffy. I have captured the sights, smells, tastes and joy of those years in this large beach abstract, done in watercolor, oils & cold wax.
Ten days before Christmas, my daughter was visiting her friend and her children. My daughter went upstairs to check on the kids, and she slipped on the stairs on the way down, breaking her leg, requiring surgery. This painting is my expression of the impacts--aftershocks--and consequences of that moment in her life, and in the life of anyone who has suffered a sudden and life-changing disruption to the patterns and rhythms of normal actions and routines that we all take for granted.
When our family lived in Texas, we encountered and experienced Hispanic culture and food for the first time, so I offer this painting as a celebration of the vibrant, joyful and hard-working people we got to know and admire as our neighbors. This is a square abstract, 12" x 12", done in a dynamic, expressive style, using chili pepper and earth tones, cooled with a splash of green.
See You Soon
This painting is an expression of the joy I felt at the happy news that our son would soon be coming home for a visit. He is a pre-Medical student, who is always working so hard, and his visits home are much anticipated and appreciated--and always too short! No matter how much time we have together, it's never enough! I hope this painting speaks to you of your own special joyful event.
This abstract oil painting, done in a blue, purple, green palette, expresses the night mood of a city, as evoked by the music of Frederic Chopin.
This watercolor painting was done on Arches paper, using Sennelier watercolors, with touches of oils. The palette is earth tones, using burnt sienna, counterbalanced by Prussian blue and touches of Ultramarine and an accent of Cad Red. The subject matter is something we're all familiar with and needs no explanation.
Mollie Tibbetts was reported missing, and all of America hoped, waited and prayed that she would be found, safe and sound, while the local police and the FBI searched Brooklyn, Iowa, interviewed neighbors and left no stone unturned. This abstract painting was done in alcohol inks on Terra Skin stone paper, which was then mounted on gallery wrapped canvas. Gold foil was used to shine as her life shone, all too briefly. The palette of purple and blue express the grief and deep regret that we feel
Everyone loves a carnival, and this abstract painting is intended to capture the joy and excitement of the amusement rides, the food, the music and the great company and bring that celebration into your home. It is made up of four 12" x 12" canvases that can be hung side by side or even going up the stairs, in any arrangement you choose.