2019 Series : Florida's Skies
A series of abstract paintings originating in 2019 have been inspired by the skies over Florida’s Suncoast. I have observed varying patterns of vertical shadows in the distance, indicating rain, a coming storm. I have been enthralled by the many views of the water in the gulf. I cannot hope to emulate any of nature’s magnificence. These paintings are an attempt to represent what I feel, not what I see. I hope that these emotions expressed will resonate with the viewer in some way.
DOGS & OTHER PEOPLE
This series is not about a particular breed of dog or anyone’s beloved pet. Being a dog lover and mother of Sadie, as well as the late Rocky and Buster (of blessed memory,) I have always been inspired by their expressions of emotion which are obviously non-verbal yet so eloquent. I enjoy representing the projection of human feelings onto the dog, with often humorous results, as well as portraying dogs relating to their humans and to each other. My art has always come from introspection as opposed to direct observation.
RED BIRD SERIES
The mixed media works in this series are inspired by the symbolism of the red bird. My mother would see a red bird on the window sill and insist it had the face of her beloved mother. When my mother passed away, I wanted to "feel" her presence by creating a group of paintings that would convey an intimate yet nonverbal conversation. These paintings are a celebration of what will always remain present for me even after a loved one is physically gone.
This series involves two my favorite subjects: Psychology and Art. The imagery originates from one of two sources: sometimes a conscious idea that I want to express, and other times the images stem from what the marks or papers on the canvas suggest to me. I proceed from an introspective point of view as opposed to direct observation. I try to leave something that a viewer can resonate with in his or her own way.
FLORAL ARRANGEMENTS SERIES
The theme of flowers in vases is not an original idea. What makes these collages unique for me is the pleasure of mixing patterns, and the personality of each of the vases. I have also incorporated a collaged "frame" as an integral part of each piece. My influences for these works range from the Moroccan works of Henri Matisse, Persian miniatures, and the broken ceramic mosaics of Spanish architect Antoni Gaudi.