Through the Looking Glass of Female Hysteria

Through the Looking Glass of Female Hysteria

Posted by on Aug 7, 2017 in Essays | No Comments

“A long time ago I would have been locked up like that too.” “Why?” “You know how I get angry and sad?” “Oh,“ and he nodded his head in agreement. At twelve, pivotal scenes in an action-packed, thriller-fairy tales are not the moments you expect confessions from your mother. I blurted it out as Dr. […]

May I Paint Your Picture?

May I Paint Your Picture?

Posted by on Jul 26, 2017 in Behind the Artwork, How To's | No Comments

I wanted to ask the woman waiting on the bench outside our restaurant. “You’re so beautiful. Can I take a photo? I’m a painter.” It worked in Italy, but that woman was Swiss, and “of a certain age.” Past the point of caring what she looked like in the hot sun, holding her watering can in her […]

The Psychology of No!

The Psychology of No!

Posted by on May 27, 2017 in Art History, Behind the Artwork, Essays | No Comments

It’s been almost 130 days. Waves of horse shit fly from every imaginable source. We’re all covered in it. Fake news? How do you discern it? Try using common sense. This is not a witch hunt folks. It’s a sink hole that will, with cosmic providence, swallow every last person with stained fingers and pitcher’s elbow. If […]

Women Who Work?

Women Who Work?

Posted by on Mar 24, 2017 in Art History, Behind the Artwork, Essays | No Comments

While working on my most recent painting, the news has been appropriately filled with updates on the subject. We finally have a woman in the White House. Ivanka Trump has an office and access to classified information, though she is not technically serving as a government employee. She will be offering her father, Donald Trump, an independent perspective to […]

Las Meninas 2.0

Las Meninas 2.0

Posted by on Dec 5, 2016 in Art History, Behind the Artwork, Essays | No Comments

My most recent painting pays homage to one of the greatest portraits in history. Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez painted Las Meninas in 1656 for King Philip IV of Spain and his second wife Maria Anna of Austria. It has been described in many ways, including History’s First Photo-Bomb and the Canonical Masterpiece of Western Painting. It is […]

Have Your Art, Gelato and Cappuccino…

Have Your Art, Gelato and Cappuccino…

Posted by on Nov 1, 2016 in Art Shows, Behind the Artwork | No Comments

Some may argue that ice cream and coffee are not necessities. These people are not likely to think that painting is necessary either. I’m happy to report that both are not only essential, but possible to enjoy at the same time. My first show in Washington, DC will be modest: a two month run in […]

What Came First, the bed time story or the nightmare?

What Came First, the bed time story or the nightmare?

Posted by on Sep 6, 2016 in Art History, Behind the Artwork | No Comments

We should think twice before approaching amateur or professional couches to answer this question. A childhood fed by fairy tales, enlarged by the steroidal effects of Hollywood or Disney can lead to some pretty freaky stuff. An adult redo of Margaret Wise Brown’s classic might include: “Good night obsessive compulsive disorder”, “Good night electra complex”, “Good night existential fear of death”… Psychoactive doors, […]

“Farm To Table” at the Fire Hall Gallery in Charles Town, WV

“Farm To Table” at the Fire Hall Gallery in Charles Town, WV

Posted by on Jun 22, 2016 in Behind the Artwork | No Comments

This July I will take part of a three-artist exhibit organized by Joy Bridy in Charles Town, WV’s Fire Hall Gallery. A series of 9 Paintings called An Artist on An Animal Farm will be my contribution. The title of the show is “Farm to Table” and the guiding principle is connection to the land through […]

Totem Animals, Mountains, GPS and new venues for Bunny

Totem Animals, Mountains, GPS and new venues for Bunny

Posted by on Apr 15, 2016 in Art History, Behind the Artwork | No Comments

My watercolor painting entitled GPS will be on display within a group show at the Fire Hall Gallery in Charles Town, WV in May, 2016. It is part of a larger series of over 100 works centered on my totem animal, a rabbit. The show features the work of artists who participated in CraftWorks with Rebecca Jones and […]

Icons: Intimacy & Ecstasy

Icons: Intimacy & Ecstasy

Posted by on Mar 15, 2016 in Art History, Essays | No Comments

Catholic girls had a reputation I didn’t know much about until I graduated from an all girl, Episcopalian high school in Virginia. It was much more than the short plaid skirts and saddle shoes. The boys at our brother Episcopalian school used this cliché quite a bit. I didn’t hear heavier terms like Madonna Whore […]