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Paintings

Paintings

Artist's Statement

Artist's Statement

My art welcomes you to a place! I’m an optimist and I paint the world I want to live in.  Life’s strong currents easily distract us from noticing special moments as they occur. But as time passes, and random snapshots of memories rise to the surface of our minds and gain meaning.  Some of the best times we remember are the most unassuming ones:   the lunch with a friend that runs overtime, the party that first seems dull then picks up to become a smash, spontaneous group hugs, leaping onto a dance train at a wedding where other guests make you laugh with charmingly dorky dance moves, the bouts of clumsiness that throw us off but remain funny forever after. 

 

In my recent “Wallpaper” series, enthusiastic people share good times against backdrops of nostalgic wallpaper. Viewers can find stories they relate to in these scenes, making them feel more at home. I see my artwork greeting weary travelers in a cozy hotel lobbies, late night bistros or other public spaces. I want the familiarity, hustle bustle, and background noise of my pieces to make guests they to feel they are connected and simply belong.

Our once shy daughter, Madeline, in a bold plaid, recently mentioned that this painting is a good icebreaker and gets a party started.

To complement the wallpaper theme, I am also working in my own whimsical wallpaper designs. Early pieces are based on the breezy look of the old French Toile de Jouy fabrics and the newer pieces are taking on a playful, surreal look.