“Upon Closer Inspection” is an exploration of color and texture outside my usual materials. The vibrant green isn’t one I make a practice of working with, and having started out with it, I continued exploring the opportunity by also using new glow material. I had run out of phosphorescent acrylic paint, and the local art shop had none of quality in stock (many stores don’t consider glow in the dark to be a ‘professional use’ characteristic, and stocking it is a low priority). They had a sale bin, and in the sale bin were several craft kits for making glow-in-the-dark projects; they included packets of glow crystals. I used those, and clear medium with the googly eyes I had on hand to complete the piece, hoping to convey something about the idea that what we see up close isn’t always predicted by what we view from a distance… or perhaps something about life taking unexpected forms (or directions). It’s a small piece, at 8″ x 10″. This piece is available for purchase.
“Communion” is a piece inspired by love and loving, and by both the effort and rewards in building lasting love between partners over time. Inspired specifically by my relationship with my partner Michael, it also speaks of a profound change in my own understanding of love and loving, intimacy, and what love demands of us as beings seeking fulfillment, value, and nurturing. A larger work at 24″ x 36″, it represents the way love looms large in the human experience, the emotion – as with the footprint of the canvas – being far more vast and encompassing that the enveloped figures seem to require to be visible. This piece is in my personal collection, and is not for sale.