“Anxiety” was painted in 2011, and speaks to a common experience for many of us. There’s not much more to say about this piece; personifying Anxiety, deifying it, colors so many of our lives. We live in its embrace, or in its shadow. I painted her, myself, hoping that her visage looking back would make her easier to conquer. I don’t think that it did, but here she is. This piece is no longer available.
Yesterday, I painted “What About My Heart” for “Blue Shirt Day” a World Bullying Prevention day, showing solidarity and standing opposed to bullying. Please treat people well. When you see someone being treated badly, please make a point of objecting. It’s that easy. Here’s a relevant website, for resources.
Today is World Bullying Prevention day. It’s ‘Blue Shirt Day’ for Stomp Out Bullying(.org). Bullying is no joke, and people are hurt by it’s callousness and brutality every day. If you see it, stop it; words are enough. Bullies function because people aren’t ‘calling foul’ on their bad acts. Today is a good day to make a point of calling it out when you see it, and saying it’s not okay. Today is a good day to set an example; be the change you wish to see in the world. Teach Wheaton’s Law – it’s a great starting point for treating others well. The Four Agreements, too, teach us all we could ever need to know about treating each other well. We have all the resources in the world to build a culture that discourages bullying. Please take time to do what you can, yourself, in your family and in your community, to send a message that bullying is not okay.
If it can be said that ‘it stops being funny when someone gets hurt’, then I suggest it isn’t funny in the first place. Please help end bullying, every day.
This light fun floral impression was inspired by a bed of Lamb’s Ear in summer, blasted by the brilliant midday sun, and having caught my eye and distracted me from conversation I attempted to capture the moment, and the quality of light. A small 8″ x 10″ piece on canvas, it is also dramatic when charged and viewed in the dark.
This one is a favorite piece of glow work; I love the perspective shift, and the appearance of a moonlit garden.
“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.