I am pleased to share that We Hunt the Doe was awarded first place in the All About Women virtual exhibition organized by the Marin Society of Artists.
All About Women is a nationally juried virtual exhibition featuring work about women by 84 artists from 22 states. The collection of work was juried by Josh Otten and Josh Paquette of J. Willott Gallery in Palm Springs, California.
The collection of works are viewable in an alphabetical slideshow here or you can peruse still images here.
This week I bid farewell to 'We Hunt the Doe' as she embarks on her journey with Atelier 4 to Washington D.C. to the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery for the final round of judging in the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition 2022.
The finalists will be announced publicly in spring and exhibit in Outwin 2022: American Portraiture Today, followed by a national tour.
A big thank you to both the National Portrait Gallery, Atelier 4, and Kevin and Angel of Atelier 4, for exceptional experiences working together :-)
Work in process rose and lemon details with palettes from a new piece from my "I Believe in Ghosts" series.
"Title TBD," oil on linen, 34 x 28 inches (86 x 71 cm).
Here I've compiled detail photos of the head in "We Hunt the Doe" in order to show a glimpse into my process. The images progress from the development of the black and white "dead layer" through various color glazes to get to the final result.
Throughout my series, I Believe in Ghosts, I reference vanitas — 17th century Dutch still lifes — to draw on the tradition of sharing a moral lesson. Vanitas paintings present an array of objects as symbols to remind us of the transience and vanity of human existence and earthly possessions and pleasures. My modern interpretation of vanitas puts the female figure directly in the composition, exploring transience of innocence, value, and agency relating to female identity. I use symbolism and allusion to convey the tension between objectifying the female body and recognizing the rich interiority of the female subject.
Objects have histories, yet are unable to speak them — what does it really mean to treat women as objects?
Today I wanted to share my painting Bald Eagle which I made to be representative of women taking stronger and more prominent roles in politics -- Notice the feather quills on her blouse -- She's rewriting history! I'm with Kamala Harris and wish her and Joe Biden every success.
I'm pleased to share that my 2016 painting, America: She Was Asking For It, was included in an important new book, Not Normal: Art in the Age of Trump.
I am one of 147 artists responding to socio-political issues in the age of Trump. While the content is serious, flipping through the pages is cathartic. This powerful collection of 350+ artworks was curated by Karen M. Gutfreund, Independent Curator.
Copies of "Not Normal" are available to purchase here.
America: She Was Asking For It was born in a nightmare I had on the night of the 2016 presidential election. It depicts a revealing portrait of not only America’s elected Head of State but also his wife and Vice President and Mrs. Pence.
A variety of symbols evoke both an immediate visceral reaction, such as the confederate flag, as well as an ongoing discovery of depravity represented as small painted details, such as the pins, that reveal contradictions and hypocrisy.
I utilized the bright coloring effects of gouache to capture the flashy tone of media imagery and intentionally made the work small to emphasize the insufficient attention and transitory coverage given to these issues by the media.
I created this space to showcase my past work, chronicle my current projects, and share my inspiration.