Tears for a Nation

I began this as a painting of a cantaloupe to show its beautiful light paired with a complimentary blue vase I purchased in France. The vase has an interesting wrapped metal around it like it an amour protecting its porcelain. My venture changed and it turned out to be a concept that was unexpected.

“TEARS FOR A NATION” is a symbolic tribute for Ukraine showing the fragile part of life which includes armor and resistance (in vase) with the beauty of hope in the “Forget-Me-Not” flowers which are fully open and yearning for light. Forget-Me-Nots symbolize remembrance – both during a parting or after a death and also used to symbolize a connection that endures all challenges and measure of time. The cantaloupe is a beacon of abundance and hope. The mirroring soft arches of the flowers and the cantaloupe are set against strong angles show resistance.
This painting received an Honorable mention in the “Slice of Life” Competition at the Island Art Association.
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“Garlic and Tonic”

Life is in the Light"Garlic and Tonic" 8" x 10" Oil on Linen

We’ve been talking about the idea of “Concepts” in painting in a Still Life Oil Group I host. Concepts are the idea behind a painting and that idea is very personal. It might be beauty or it might be dark, but it’s painted using the Language of Art, something that is conveyed using shadow and light. We’ve discussed finding a common thread of what excites us when we paint, and I find that my concept is usually centered around movement of light from a collection of objects. It’s feels like a dance and when I am done, it feels like magic.

I really concentrated on the low tonal concept in this painting allowing for the quiet movement of light throughout the painting. I used very little brushwork to communicate the form of the water glass in the background as it was a supporting and grounding character. I wanted the flow of light to move through the table top through each item, reflect off the glass and continue on ending in the garlic skin on the left. It was about flow and the dancing of light. Life is IN THE LIGHT.

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Hope you enjoy!

Springtime – Time for New Beginnings

The Spring Equinox is here! It’s a time for new beginnings and I have two announcements I’d like to share:

Journey Begins

ARTIST OF THE MONTH – APRIL 2022 – Reception April 9, 2022 5 – 7

I will be the featured “Artist of the Month” at the Island Art Association (IAA) for the month of April and will be hanging new work. The Island Art Association is located on 2nd Street in Historic Fernandina Beach between Centre Street and Alachua in the event you live on Amelia Island. There will be an evening reception between 5-7 with snacks and refreshments on April 9th, 2022 during the Second Saturday Artwalk, during which time you can see my new work, along with the beautiful work of exhibiting resident artists.

NEW EXHIBITING ARTIST – Island Art Association

I was recently juried in to be a new permanent exhibiting artist at the Island Art Association, so my work will now be permanently featured there beginning in the month of June, 2022. The Island Art Association is home to many artists in Nassau County, Florida and is located in the historic part of Fernandina Beach on Amelia Island. I’ve been a member of the Association since 2008, so will now have the pleasure of exhibiting there. Many of you know that I was a part of the Blue Door Art Galleries and Studios on Centre Street between 2008 and 2020, but I gave up that space because of COVID. The two locations are a couple of blocks away from each other, so it will be a bit like coming home, where I have many resident exhibiting artist friends there.

I hope you are enjoying the beautiful springtime weather where you are and look forward to seeing you at my art reception if you are able to make it on April 9th!

The Magic of Christmas

The Magic of Christmas is upon us. Our little historic Florida town is alive with lights in the trees and festivities abound which helps us feel like Christmas even though it’s in the 70’s outside!

It’s also a month of friend’s birthdays, including mine, and of course Christmas. Each year when I am honored with a birthday, I like to reflect on the importance of birthdays and Christmases and how we should make every minute count. This year I realized on my birthday that “Today is the oldest I’ve ever been and the youngest I’ll ever be again”, which emphasizes that we never know how many we have left. We might have a lot and maybe we don’t – but you see – it doesn’t matter, because what is important is NOW.

Magic of ChristmasChristmas Goals

Each year I like to set goals for myself. This year follows the importance of NOW and creating memories with family and friends. I want to listen more carefully, love more genuinely, and engage with more interest.

For painting goals, I plan to paint more regularly, paint “larger”, finish my online shop, and network more with artist friends internationally to share our art journeys together.

I also want to start painting more paintings associated with holiday seasons. I am starting with this one to share with you, my friends who follow my ramblings. It blends my love of blue and white vases and bowls with the color red of the season. To view this and my available works, check out my portfolio. 

This I share with you with blessing for a safe and warm Holiday Season.