As a member of Lakewood Artist Guild I received the opportunity to hang 8 of my largest, most creative paintings in the conference room at El Dorado Library in Long Beach CA. If you have the opportunity to stop in between February and end of May 2015, please do! (All pieces are for sale).
This is my latest painting, finished 11/19/13 I loved the composition that the telephone wires created. I also was fascinated with the numerous birds that were perched on every surface. The original is 11×16, making each bird aprox 1/2″ but I attempted to make each one individual and pack on as much detail as I could.
This painting was indirectly inspired by Picasso, who used bits of magazines and news papers in his collage pieces. Since I prefer realism, I decided to use that technique in a multimedia piece featuring a subject I knew – puppies. What better to accompany news paper, than puppies? As for the arrangement, I wanted to capture the way that puppies sleep in a pile fitting into each other like puzzle pieces. It made an excellent bedroom decoration.
This piece was created at college. I was feeling lonely, even thought I was surrounded by people. Everyone else seemed to have their own click and having fun, but I watched from a distance. I guess that’s how I felt when I painted these friends playing hackie sack in front of the cafeteria. They were having so much fun, but I had to leave the space in the foreground to represent the distance. The title refers to the general tendency of humanity to be able to be sad even while they are having fun on the outside. It is also an irony found in the clock tower which shows two different times on the two visible faces
This is one of my first attempts at a fine art still life. I wanted to create a Missouri themed still life, with the colors and subjects that one would find in the woods. Although the gopher skull is native to Colorado, where I found it, I still thought it fit and wanted to use pieces of collectibles that I liked. I loved the structure of animal skulls and liked the way that it mimicked the curves of the clay cups and the holes in the nuts.
This is one of my first attempts at using a red undercoat to make the foreground pop. I really liked the results and it caused me to push myself to be loose and brushy (another style that I admire and want to get better at). The subject is, in fact, me jumping over windrows in a hayfield. I wanted to portray the freeing feeling I get when I had the whole field to myself. For some reason I feel like I can leap and run as fast as a deer when I am jumping windrows! Yipee! (Prints available)
I had wanted to paint a picture of sparrows eating fries for a long time, mainly because it intrigued me that these little birds were so adaptable. They were at home in the city, eating human food, even though they are by nature wildlife. It wasn’t until I went to college and started experimenting with perspectives, that I had a breakthrough with the composition and ‘American Sparrows’ happened.
I like the irony of this piece. Like my painting, American Sparrows, I had had the idea for Amish Pace for years before I painted it. The idea stuck in my mind when my mom told me about an Amish horse she had seen making a left-hand turn across traffic. She described how hard he was pulling and the steam and sweat that he emitted. It emblazoned an image in my mind of the meek Amish horse being used to protest technology, and yet, like no other horse in history, having to compete with modern day traffic. This picture attempts to capture the power of a horse and comparing it to the power of technology.