It all started, at a young age, with the Town Dump. It wasn’t like today’s “recycling centers”, there were piles of discards ready for the taking. The possibilities were endless.
My parents taught me furniture refinishing, power tool usage, sewing and how to fix almost anything. Soon I was combining odd elements from the Dump to make humorous or philosophical statements. The words “Assemblage” and “Collage” weren’t even part of my vocabulary yet.
My first painting, executed at age 12, was inside a thrift-shop fold-out box. It was so satisfying to mold an image from pots of color, that eventually I moved on to traditional canvas. Later, an aptitude for science and math, combined with artistic thinking, led to a degree and career as a Licensed Architect.
All these influences, along with family and travel, can be seen in my Art. Some Works are traditional and others combine materials in new ways. Life is an Exploration and Art is a way to Express and Share.
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St. George & the Dragon
“We all love the underdog, don’t we? St. George is the ultimate underdog, facing a dragon to save a Princess. To make their people feel good under royal rule, St. George was declared the patron saint of England. There are sculptures of this scene on building cornerstones all over the country.
The subject of the painting was not decided until half way through the process. I chose colors and applied them to the canvas with a squeegee. While painting, my imagination saw a dragon in the strokes, then a man. After that, the paint was applied with more purpose to achieve an image of the old story.
The colors I chose, and the near mythological story depicted, reminded me of traditional Greek vases. Hence, the painting is treated like one of these vases that are painted the same way to this day.”
Framed 16 x 20″
Collage & Ink
“There have been many popular styles of art and decoration through the years. This is Art Deco. It’s a time period, a building style, a font, and the setting for my favorite super hero, Batman. Gotham is New York City.”
Framed 11 x 14″
Collage, pastel, graphite
“An infanta is a princess who is not heir to the throne. The Infanta was Margarita Teresa of Spain who was betrothed to the Holy Roman Emperor at a very young age. Since he had to wait years until she came of age, paintings were periodically painted by Diego Velázquez and sent to the Emperor. These iconic images have stolen the hearts of Spain and spread around the world. Huge Infanta-like sculptures were displayed in the Whitney Museum of Art in New York City last year. Any person who has taken an art history class would recognize her.
Part of The Infanta’s appeal, aside from the fact that she’s pretty, is her wardrobe. The dresses are very architectural with huge frames under the skirts. The arcs and circles in this painting follow the profile lines of the figure and express this ideal. “