As children, we are taught that sharing is a good thing. Sadly, somewhere on our journey into adulthood, some of us forget all about it. Th "Daisy Animals" collection has a simple message: SHARE. It's up to each of us to determine what that means.
This collection has been shown in the following locations...
The Cup & Top Cafe, Florence, MA (2006-2007)
The Granby Free Public Library, Granby, MA (2010)
I’m not a political activist, nor am I a political artist. In fact, politics rarely enters into my art work. However, back in 2003, I experienced unease, discomfort and insecurity in the weeks and days leading up to the impending war in Iraq. This uneasiness inspired several sketches. As the war escalated, these drawings ultimately turned into a mural-sized painting.
For me, this is not specifically a political piece. It is my emotional (gut) reaction to an intense situation for which I did not like the direction of travel. It portrays fear, confusion, paranoia, helplessness, frustration and angst all wrapped into the warm embrace of peace and hope.
Since this painting was created in 2005, it has been installed at a number of venues around the Pioneer Valley. It is currently installed in my home, waiting for its next public showing.
March 20, 2003: What Now? (aka "Dove")
2005, 6 x 6 ft, acrylic on four plywood panels
"Dove" installed at Leverett Crafts and Arts in 2005.
2002, 20x16, ink and graphite on bristol board
Acrylic on Wood
I have friends who are woodworkers. I occasionally rummage through their scrap bins for pieces of wood I could rescue. I went through a period (approximately 2005-2010) where I painted acrylic on these found "canvases."
Each is about 12x12 inches. Most of the designs originated in my 3.5 by 4.75 inch sketch book while sitting in coffee shops around the Pioneer Valley of Massachusetts.
In April of 2011, I exhibited this collection at the offices of The Pioneer Valley Ballet in Easthampton, MA,
Behind the Mask #1
2007, 17.5x20 inches, acrylic on wood panel
What happens when you use whimsical colors and fanciful lines to paint melancholy pictures? As it turns out, I've been doing this for years.
For this series of paintings, my color palette is based on the Bic 4-Color Ballpoint Pen (Fashion Colors) with a pinch of yellow.
Each painting (8x10 inch on canvas) originated as a drawing in my little 3.5 by 4.75 inch sketch book.
In the late 1990's and early 2000's, the Bic 4-Color Ballpoint Pen was my main source of creativity. I took it beyond doodling into exhibiting.
These drawings are part of collection with the title "Pen". Most of the designs were taken from sketches created while sitting in coffee shops around the Poineer Valley of Massachusetts. Each 5x7 inch drawing is on Bristol Board and embellished with graphite, colored pencil or dry pastels.
This collection has been shown in various forms at the following locations...
Gallery 267 in Greenfield, MA (2004)
Amalie Louise Cafe and Bakery in Florence, MA (2005)