As my work continues to grow and investigate the space between contemporary figurative portraiture and abstraction, some paintings get lost in the scrum. “Nightshade” is a perfect example. What initially began as a portrait of both my son and daughter, the painting over time became more a study of solitary contemplation. In being worked on over the course of two years, it stands (she sits) alone as the singular representative of both where my work was and where it is now. In this way she is her own species, a figural narrative different than the rest. I have chosen to post it here to give it a chance at life beyond solitude, beyond the white walls of my studio.
The species usually called nightshade in North America and the United Kingdom is S. dulcamara, also known as bittersweet and woody nightshade. Its foliage and egg-shaped red berries are poisonous, which can cause convulsions and death if taken in large doses. For more info on nightshades see: https://www.britannica.com/plant/nightshade
It’s halfway through 2017 and I’m on a good productive streak getting used to the amazing afternoon light in the new studio. There’s a lot of good things coming up soon: Portraits, paintings and drawings!
In the afterglow of both my solo show and the show I co-curated with the wonderful Jel Ena, I have updated the paintings and drawings pages with new works. I am looking forward to a busy last 1/4 of the year and continuing to bring you all exciting and colorful things from my studio. Cheers and enjoy!
As some of you might know, the paintings I had intended to show at Flower Pepper Gallery have gotten lost in the mail stream. I thought I would post them here for everyone’s enjoyment and in hopes that perhaps someone might see them and recognize them if they never make it back to me.
“Your Problems Hide in Your Curls” “The Comfort in Apathy”