Like the Mirror when Nobody’s Looking

acrylic paintings, art, contemporary, contemporary art, female artist, male portraits

It’s as if you’re dead and looking at life through a veil, someone said to me at my recent solo show of my work.

Not a bad analysis — because I don’t paint from life. 

My companions in my studio are fluctuating moods and passing thoughts and squelched memories bubbling to the surface. 

I paint because I like being off-balance. 

Teacher 

Leave your sleepy rivulets to trickle down my wrist,

Teacher. Put up a mirror for an answer

so I can ask the same question

twice

            Seal shut last year’s envelopes, your lesson’s feral cabinet,

            Say, The mirror is facing the wall, your secrets are safe

            Don’t ask me,

            “Dear little cobweb: why so brooding, mysterious, and  quaking?”

            Don’t say, “I’ll seize this and this and this”

Leave everything alone as is

            like the mirror, when nobody’s looking

“Afternoon Dust”
“A Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall”
“Selfie with Jenny”

“Truth Out” art show and Wolf of Wall Street

contemporary, contemporary art, female artist, Uncategorized

One recent work “Wolf of Wall Street”

and installation photo from “Truth Out: current controversies, historical injustices”– group show curated by Rosary Solimanto and Jean Tansey, Unframed Artists Gallery, New Paltz, NY

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Installation view, “Truth Out”

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“Wolf of Wall Street” acrylic, charcoal, pastel, 49 x 34 inches

A painting dare

acrylic paintings, art, contemporary, contemporary art, female artist, figurative art, male portraits, political art

What to say about this painting…  I’m aiming for substance that isn’t substantial, a body that is more molecular than flesh.

Memoriam, 18 x 24, acrylic on canvas

Memoriam, 18 x 24, acrylic on canvas

Smiling Man

acrylic paintings, contemporary, contemporary art, female artist, figurative art, male portraits, political art, prison, realist art

Getting down to the raw canvas

for raw texture

Smiling Man, acrylic and original drawing, 26 x 15

Smiling Man, acrylic and original drawing, 26 x 15

Theater Berlin (more of the series)

acrylic paintings, art works on paper, contemporary, contemporary art, female artist, figurative art, gouache painting, male portraits, oil paintings, portraits of women, realist art

Theater Berlin, oil on canvas, 30 x 28

Theater Berlin, oil on canvas, 30 x 28

Theater Berlin, acrylic on canvas, 28 x 16

Theater Berlin, acrylic on canvas, 28 x 16

Theater Berlin, acrylic on canvas,  29 x 28

Theater Berlin, acrylic on canvas, 29 x 28

Theater Berlin, oil and gouache on canvas, 27 x 27

Theater Berlin, oil and gouache on canvas, 27 x 27

Theater Berlin, acrylic on canvas, 28 x 30

Theater Berlin, acrylic on canvas, 28 x 30

Theater Berlin, acrylic and gouache on canvas,  22 x 17

Theater Berlin, acrylic and gouache on canvas, 22 x 17

New charcoal study for painting series “School Days”

acrylic paintings, charcoal drawing, contemporary, drawings, female artist, feminist art, painting study

"School Days," charcoal on paper, 8" x 10"

“School Days,” charcoal on paper, 8″ x 10″

Paintings, Drawings (no, these are not collages)

acrylic paintings, art works on paper, contemporary, drawings, female artist, feminist art, painting study, pen and ink drawings, political art, realist art

"A Night at the Movies, colored pencil on paper (no, this is not a collage)

“A Night at the Movies, colored pencil on paper
(no, this is not a collage)

"More News," charcoal, ink and oil pastel on canvas 22" x 17"

“More News,” charcoal, ink and oil pastel on canvas 22″ x 17″

"Sufi Chants" colored pencil on paper

“Sufi Chants” colored pencil on paper

"Checkmate" colored pencil on paper

“Checkmate” colored pencil on paper

Paintings, Drawings.