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”

Inhabiting New Earth

acrylic paintings, art, contemporary art, female artist

My paintings are often gut-reactions to news reports or to issues I care about. In my latest series, “Inhabiting New Earth,” I’m approaching the 2020 Pandemic from various perspectives — family dynamics,  Zoom meetings, Covid isolation, and all the many societal cataclysms we are faced with in this “new earth.” 

Grillz

Silence of Nowhere

acrylic paintings, art, contempory art, female artist

“Silence of Nowhere” — my latest series, still ongoing, of the inbetween, in limbo, etc. Landscapes, seascapes, people… Some of these are parts of 2 panels…like frames of a film (not all pictured here).

Landscapes are a new adventure for me, and a solace. They should mirror the inscape, not just add to the canon of pretty-pretty. Some of these paintings are a combination chalk pastel and acrylic and ink.

Ashurst30.48cm x 40.64 cm 12 x 16

 

 

30 x 20 Ice Flow

Silence of Nowhere 3

 

40 x 40 Silence of Nowhere

16 x 20 At Sea

Gutelius, Halleluyah, 20 x 18

16 x 28 Family.jpg

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″