Monday, June 5, 2017

Balloon Dreams: exhibition opening Saturday, June 10

In this series, I continue my exploration of surrealism. For me, this way of painting is about placing subjects in unexpected settings.  In the past I’ve focused on animals. This year I’ve turned to a styrene wig stand, a cast-off brought home by my daughter many years ago. Since I also paint portraits, I’ve been unable to look at this wig stand without thinking that it’s a face asking to be painted.

Humans anthropomorphize objects, especially objects made in our own image. From the moment we receive our first doll, stuffed toy, or action figure, we begin to think of this thing as another personality: a personality capable of reflecting our own feelings back to us.  When we see a blank-faced wig stand in an unexpected environment, we can’t help but impose our own emotions onto it.  We imagine that “it” is in fact a “she” and that she actually has something on her mind. If she’s lying in a puddle, or at the side of the road, she’s been thrown away. If she’s sitting on a table facing a window, she must be looking through that window, and she must be seeing what is in front of her. We know very well that she is made of plastic foam, but still we can’t stop empathizing with her.

As for the balloons, they are symbols of hope, a literal rising beyond earthly constraints. A head without a body can’t go anywhere, but a head watching balloons in the sky is a head that is dreaming, possibly of better things. 


Rock Pool
acrylic on muslin laid on panel, 36 x 36"

Balloon Dreams
acrylic on panel, 36 x 36"

Portrait of a Wig Stand
oil on panel, 14 x 11" SOLD

Shadow
acrylic on canvas, 24 x 36"

The Guardian
acrylic on canvas, 18 x 24"

Window
acrylic on panel, 20 x 16" SOLD

Clock
acrylic on panel, 20 x 16" SOLD

The Princesses' Bedroom
acrylic on canvas, 20 x 16"

Stairs
acrylic on panel, 18 x 14"

 Arrival at Ile d'Orleans
acrylic on canvas, 24 x 36" SOLD

 After the Flood
acrylic on canvas, 20 x 30"

 No Exit
acrylic on canvas, 20 x 24"

 Gathering
acrylic on canvas, 24 x 18" SOLD


 Wardrobe
acrylic on canvas, 24 x 18"

 Arrival at Russell Square
acrylic on canvas, 20 x 16" SOLD

Hall
acrylic on birch panel, 14 x 14" SOLD

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Nikita and Maillie
Graphite and Conservator's Wax on Claybord
8 x 10" (commission)

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Commission

This is a commissioned painting of an armoured vehicle towing a damaged tank in Afghanistan. It's an unusual subject for me, but it was a true pleasure to paint from the excellent photos provided by my client.

Recovery
Acrylic on muslin laid on birch panel, 24 x 36" (Commission)

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Jackson's Open Art Prize

I am very pleased to announce that my portrait, Pamela Newel Sellers, has received a Runner-Up commendation in the Jackson's Open Art Prize 2016. There were 3100 entries to this competition. You can read about it here: https://www.jacksonsart.com/blog/2016/05/13/jacksons-open-art-prize-winners-announced




Wednesday, April 27, 2016

NATURAL HISTORY


Pool at Night, egg tempera on Claybord, 16 x 20" SOLD

Portrait of a Male Mottled Duck, acrylic on canvas board, 8 x 10" oval + frame  SOLD

Portrait of a Female Mottled Duck, acrylic on canvas board, 8 x 10" oval + frame  SOLD

Squirrel, egg tempera on Claybord, 12 x 12"  SOLD

Goldfish, egg tempera on Claybord, 11 x 14"  SOLD

Cyclamen, egg tempera on Claybord, 8 x 10" SOLD

Two Robins, egg tempera on Claybord, 8 x 10"  SOLD

Tulips, egg tempera on Claybord, 14 x 11"  SOLD

Gargoyle, graphite and Conservator's Wax on egg tempera, 12 x 12"

Nine-Banded Armadillo, graphite and Conservator's Wax on Claybord, 5 x 14"

Three-Banded Armadillo, graphite, Conservator's Wax, and Pigment on Claybord, 8 x 12"

Anthony Purrkins, graphite and Conservator's Wax on Claybord, 4 x 4"

Portrait of Anthony Purrkins, graphite and Conservator's Wax on Claybord, 4 x 4"

Portrait of Chanterelle, graphite and Conservator's Wax on Claybord, 4 x 4"

Henry, graphite and Conservator's Wax and pigment on Claybord, 8 x 10"

Portrait of Henry, graphite, Conservator's Wax and pigment on Claybord, 4 x 4"  SOLD

Mouse #1, graphite and Conservator's Wax on Claybord, 2 x 2"  SOLD

Mouse #2, graphite and Conservator's Wax on Claybord, 2 x 2"  SOLD

Mouse #3, graphite and Conservator's Wax on Claybord, 2 x 2" SOLD

Mouse #4, graphite and Conservator's Wax on Claybord, 2 x 2"  SOLD

Mouse #5, graphite and Conservator's Wax on Claybord, 2 x 2" SOLD

Albino Blackbird, graphite, Conservator's Wax and pigment on Claybord, 8 x 10"  SOLD

Chickadee, graphite, Conservator's Wax and pigment on Claybord, 3 x 3"  SOLD

Indigo Bunting, graphite, Conservator's Wax and pigment on Claybord, 5 x 7"  SOLD

Portrait of a Cardinal, graphite, Conservator's Wax and pigment on Claybord, 3 x 3"  SOLD

Portrait of a Chickadee, graphite, Conservator's Wax and pigment on Claybord, 3 x 3"  SOLD

Portrait of a Drongo, graphite, Conservator's Wax and pigment on Claybord, 3 x 3"  SOLD

Portrait of an English Robin, graphite, Conservator's Wax and pigment on Claybord, 3 x 3" SOLD

Portrait of an Indigo Bunting, graphite, Conservator's Wax and pigment on Claybord, 3 x 3"  SOLD

Portrait of a Junco, graphite, Conservator's Wax and pigment on Claybord, 3 x 3" SOLD

Portrait of a Sparrow, graphite, Conservator's Wax and pigment on Claybord, 3 x 3"

Portrait of a Tree Swallow, graphite, Conservator's Wax and pigment on Claybord, 
3 x 3"  SOLD

Portrait of a Goose, graphite, Conservator's Wax, and pigment on Claybord, 11 x 6"  SOLD

Portrait of a Male Mallard, graphite, Conservator's Wax and pigment on Claybord, 4 x 4"  SOLD

Portrait of a Female Mallard, graphite, Conservator's Wax and pigment on Claybord, 4 x 4"  SOLD

Portrait of a Muscovy Duck, graphite, Conservator's Wax and pigment on Claybord, 4 x 4"

Portrait of a Grey Goose, graphite, Conservator's Wax and pigment on Claybord, 7 x 5"
 SOLD

Stairway, graphite, Conservator's Wax and pigment on Claybord, 11 x 14"  SOLD

Kensington, graphite and Conservator's Wax, 10 x 8"

Window, graphite and Conservator's Wax, 10 x 8"

Doorway, graphite and Conservator's Wax, 10 x 8"  SOLD

Night Garden, graphite, Conservator's Wax, and pastel on Pastelbord, 9 x 9"

Landscape, graphite, Conservator's Wax, and pastel on Pastelbord, 9 x 9"