this painting was done when my son julien was 2 years old. i was a single mom at the time and julien, my painting and my spirituality were the only things keeping me afloat. we were reading a lot of dr. seuss back then and those stories inspired my imagination and this is what our “Whoville” would look like if we lived there. i painted this for an art contest by my mother’s request for Kaiser Permanente. they were featuring local artists and i think i won $50. looking back i cherish those days with julien because we were both babies in our understanding of what it meant to be in the world.
this face was my first portrait that i ever painted. i did it as practice for a commissioned piece that was supposed to be of the “old world” style for a belgian pub. the final piece turned out to be the most amazing painting i had ever done up to that point. as i’ve heard from fellow artists, commissioned pieces rarely turn out well. the client always has something else in mind because of their emotional attachment to the outcome and when the artist puts their style onto the commissioner’s subject it can fail. and i mean fail in a huge way. long story short the final piece was 4′x3′ and at the last minute after several approvals and showings to the buyer she changed her mind. she paid me but didn’t end up hanging it in the pub. i am still trying to this day to get a photo of the final piece because throughout the entire process i was unsure of my ability and right before my eyes my talent appeared. i hope to post a photo of the painting someday.
this painting was done in ’05 and it’s actually the result of me peeling the paint off of a horribly painted flower. i hated it, despised it and when i looked at it it made me feel stuck and disorganized. it’s acrylic paint which is surprisingly easy to peel off when its in an almost dry stage. so at the end of dismantling the petals i was left with the canvas peeking out from behind spots of paint that made it look really different.
this pastel pencil drawing was inspired while i was scrolling through instagram. my friend megan has the most beautiful energy and when she is photographed with her child the energy is even more intense and beautiful. it is obviously a rough sketch that i tried to complete while my 2 year old was napping. i like it in it’s raw unfinished form. it leaves the rest to imagination and i doubt i’ll do anything more to it. thank you for the inspiration, megan & river.
this is a painting i did at one of those paint-while-you-drink-wine kind of places. i have to admit the slight amount of alcohol did loosen up my inhibitions. i saw this warbler on the wall and instead of doing the chosen painting for the evening (pink orchid on black background) i decided that the warbler was my chosen subject. i was amazed as it unfolded because i had never done a painting such as this before. my normal subjects are lines and shapes with some paint slapped on the canvas. it is ironic that a bird was my first inspiration, and break from a 4 year painting hiatus, into the change of my subject matter. it is indicative to where i am spiritually and i feel free as a bird painting birds.