I had a studio in a very convenient location near my residence and it was where, to quote my daughter, "The magic happens!." Unless I was ill, travelling, or had a really good excuse for not working, I went to the studio every day, usually for a minimum of two hours. Often, I didn't realize how long I'd been there until I saw that the sun had set. Then I knew I needed to pack up, go home, and make dinner.
Unfortunately, the building where my studio was located had a massive fire in the early morning hours of March 15,2017. My studio was completely destroyed as was almost all my art and supplies. Needless to say, this was a devastating loss. Coincidentally, much of my work is about loss and survival.
I have placed images of the destroyed paintings under "Inferno"to give the viewer a more comprehensive view of my work. Although, obviously, the originals are not for sale, most of them can be purchased as prints.
I intend to keep painting and have started new pieces. It would be nice to say that the work comes easily, but mostly it does not. First, I need an idea. Often, I cull through the images that I've collected - photographs, assorted odds and ends from magazines and newspapers. I look for an image that "says" something to me, whether it's a face, a pose or a story. Mostly, I'm attracted to some sort of strength or vulnerability in the person or situation.
As you look through my art, you will see that certain themes attract me - such as women's rights, refugees, survivors of tragedies, overcoming struggle. My work may be viewed as visual narratives of these interests.