Journey of a Hero
Inspired by Joseph Campbell, this series explores the idea of mythological archetypes, using a narrative of color and characters to create an emotional connection to the unconscious. Campbell defines myth as "an organization of symbolic forms, images and narratives that are metaphoric of the possibilities of human experience and fulfillment in a given society at a given time.” With my friends as subjects, we collaborated in a performative process to create scenes that convey the metaphoric possibilities of our own mythology.
At Least I Have You
In this ongoing painting series, I explore the idea of individual memory transforming history. Each portrait integrates the scientist’s work and includes a fictive letter about their work in science and the challenges they faced. History is made through memory. By reading the letter, you remember who she is and her work is remembered. History becomes recast.
Landscapes on Paper
Landscapes from Paia, Maui, where I visited in January 2017. Inspired from views of the oceanfront bungalow where I stayed, to the scenery of walking the mile of beach and trees through Baldwin State Park and in my exploration of the abandoned sugar cane factory. I wanted to capture the feeling of the wind and the waves and the ever-changing clouds and shadows of this beautiful place.
Portraits of my friends overlaid with a binary code sentence that reveals a hidden truth about them.
Portraits of artists, dancers and actors I admire. Included are commissions I have done for patrons.
The photographer Brassai would roam the streets of Paris at night, photographing the scenes played in public as well as the underground; from the brothels, to his artist and writer friends, who would become famous icons. These 17 pieces are Inspired by his exquisite black and white photographs. All work is oil on board, 12" x 16".
30 portraits of cultural influencers. Water-soluble wax pastel and acrylic on 18" x 24" canvas.
An interactive art installation with two rocking chairs and oil portraits of four Bay Area "Radical Elders." One chair has the painting as the back of the chair. The other chair is where the participant sits, facing the portrait and then listens with headphones to a play list of binaural sound recordings told by the Radical Elder. Listeners are enveloped in 360-degree sound of the head space which can take surprising turns.
I was commissioned to do an abstract and followed Richard Diebenkorn's 10 notes on beginning a painting. The large painting became "A Valuable Delusion." I continued on my own, using Diebenkorn's notes as inspiration for the titles.