The Heroine Series commemorates and celebrates women, idolizing her as a symbol of strength in a moment in time. The use of paint quality demonstrated the serenity, the mood or the power that exudes from these Heroines. The play of light against shadow is symbolic of the duality of elements at play
The series continues in 2017 with a new body of work currently in progress.
The elegant Limoges bottle comes from the collection of a friend and patron who knew I would want to paint it. The piece had been privately displayed in the collection of her Aunt, a well celebrated NY journalist. Needless to say, the story, as well as the beauty of the piece, inspired me.
It will be on display for the 26th Annual National Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oils through June 24, 2017.
Les Femmes de Limoges
18 x 14 in, Oil on Panel.
I return again and again to flowers as a way to remember that the beauty of the paint itself must express to the beauty that is beheld.
Sweet Summer Roses
16x12" oil on panel
Copper 'n Posies
8x16" oil on panel
Guan Yin is known in many parts of the world as the Goddess of mercy and compassion. Her history and the myths surrounding her are very old.
This painting was inspired when a friend and patron invited me to see her art collection and specifically this beautifully aged figurine of Guan Yin. Upon arrival, there she stood, at the entrance as an avatar of welcome. I was so pleased to accept my friend's invitation to bring her back to the studio for awhile. There I composed the oil painting shown here - Quan Yin, a Prayer for Compassion.
To speak to someone about acquiring this piece, please contact Summer Hartley, 904-829-6880 summer.hartley@kesslercollection.
Guan Yin - A Prayer for Compassion
28 x 22 in, Oil on Linen
Taylor's Gold and Fox Grapes
The narrative is present even within still life. On a stage, sit each elements playing their rolls quietly and as if they have always done so.
"Taylor's Gold and Fox Grapes" are part of a mood that comes in the early fall and settles quietly until the first signs of winter.
Metal is a consistent player in my work. As an element, it has been part of human civilization for a long time and we use, adorn ourselves, and treasure it's worth accordingly. Its richness is inherent and bestows a touch of elegance and drama. So, I am always ready to paint it once again.
Here in "Red Rose" the golden metal full of color and texture is part of a balancing act with the smooth colors of elegant white ceramic bearing a crown of gold and an emblem of red.