“Emotion and Reason” 24″ x 36″ acrylic on canvas w/ceramic details and glow 2012
“Emotion and Reason” is a piece of work that straddles changes in style, palette, materials, and inspiration. It was painted at a point in my life when the chaos of getting through menopause was wreaking havoc in my relationships, personally and professionally, and much of my experience of attempting to create order and make sense of it was complicated by the emotional side of my experience. Through it all, I had the support of my partner, who exists more on the rational side of life than the overtly emotional, contrasting my own experience at that time which listed far toward the emotional side. This painting is inspired by our shared experience of life and love – and of emotion and reason. (It’s also not for sale, being in the private collection of my partner.)
Detail of “Emotion and Reason”
This piece is also lovely when charged, and shot in dim light (or darkness).
“Communion” 24″ x 36″ acrylic on canvas w/ceramic details 2011
“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.
“Portrait of the Artist’s Tears” 5″ x 7″ watercolor on paper 1986
One of my earliest abstractions, this small ‘self-portrait’ of the emotional climate of my life at the time remains a personal favorite, in my own collection. On a more trivial note, it is also the first piece I chose to upload to the new site, although I have no particular ‘reason why’. Fondness? Sentiment? Hard to say; I know I continue to value the simple lines, and powerful colors in this small piece.