Hippocampus: part of the brain associated with memory, thought to resemble a seahorse.
The starting point for this painting was an image of the hippocampus obtained by means of antibody staining by Thomas Deerinck and Mark Ellisman (2004), reproduced in Portraits of the Mind: Visualizing the Brain from Antiquity to the 21st Century. My sea dragon (barely discernible, certainly not recognizable, in any case upside down) inhabits an underwater garden of memory, dream and desire.
I begin a painting with an idea and an image, sailing into the unknown, unrestricted in subject or intention. I know where I start and will come to know where I end; between are clusters of small course corrections, at times dramatic changes of direction. The voyage is driven by instinct, the trajectory charted in retrospect; understanding comes afterward. Begun as a figure study, On the Beach ends as the experience of loss and death on a golden day under a sapphire sky. The figure is burnt, branded and radioactively radiant, yet she looks up with hope, listening and waiting.
Acrylic, graphite, conte on paper mounted on birch panel (2020)
Size: w 9 ” x h 12″ x d 1.5″
Time/Lines, my current solo show, has had an extended run at the Art Noise Gallery and is coming now to an end on Saturday (12 September). The store is open for browsing, as is the gallery. Thank you to Art Noise staff and patrons for your support! Stay well and be kind.
Acrylic, graphite and coloured gesso on birch panel
Size (each): 8″ x 8″ x 1.6″
In my Nereids series of paintings, a tiny pair of luminous elven-like figures explore at my behest distant lands, seas and sky, the underworld and the tops of mountains; they are the agents of my empathetic imagination. The fifty Nereids of Greek mythology were gentle, unremarkable maidens who lived at the bottom of the sea. In my work they exemplify the humility needed to understand, to connect.
“Nereids Join La Danse” I, II, and III, with a nod to Henri Matisse in particular, celebrate artists of integrity great and small. They will be on display at the Isabel Bader Centre, Art and Media Lab, Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada (March 16-27) as part of the exhibit “The Politics of the Artist’s Footprint” https://www.facebook.com/events/125247775582098/
Acrylic, graphite, gesso on wood panel; Diptych (2019)
Size: w 12″ x h 16″ (x two)
This work, as well as Life Lines/ Red Lines (2), is currently on exhibit in the juried show, “Seeing Red,” at the Marianne van Silfhout Gallery (St Lawrence College, Brockville Ontario campus) until November 22nd.