I forgot to post this to my page a couple of days ago. Sorry if you're seeing this twice.
'The Key to Me'
16' x 20"
Oil on Linen
The inner pear shows an attempt to discard the outer dark cloak of constant depression which serves as a hardened armor and a disguise to fool, not only myself, but others as well. The inner pear tries to emerge completely out, to be what it once was, but continues holding on to its’ protective tough skin not quite ready to bravely step out and be happy without feeling guilt
Sometimes I think life would be better if I could just meet the person who took my sons’ life. If I could just scream at him, call him names, hit him, kick him, let him know what he has done has caused lifelong damage to many people. To see him suffer, would that make it better or would it make it worse? Would I feel guilty? Would I stop being angry at the world? Do I even want to stop being angry?
I don’t even know his name.
7" x 9' x 12"
Fiber, Mixed Media
It doesn't matter what you say or think of me....
I know he came to visit.
I was bathed in his presence.
The room permeated with an aura of love
so immense it was almost unbearable.
It brought tears to my eyes.
I felt him touch my hair in a gesture of comfort,
assuring me he was well, he was happy.
It hurt to feel so much love.
'In My Dream I Burst'
16" x 20"
Oil on Linen
What is it about bubbles? They are amazing. They grab our attention. And if you look closely, they are actually colorful as the oily soap swirls around their surface, reflecting the color spectrum and their environment back to the observer. Though they are made from the same substance, each are different in their own way. A bubbles’ time spent awing us is brief. ...
We are amazing, colorful, reflecting the culture we are raised in. We are the same, we are different. We are here for only a moment.
Bubbles are indicative of the brevity of life. The thorns represent our environment and what is todays’ society, and reflect the tricky journey of stops and starts, of ups and downs, of left turns and right turns during our very short lives. The ribbons are window dressing, eye candy, a disguise luring us into making that wrong turn in the journey. Most of us are successful in that trip, but some get tangled up in the journey, bursting before their time.
THE SHOW IS OPEN – "Art As Medicine / Artists in Recovery" Day 1 . . . . Here are some shots of the McMahon Gallery at the Dairy Arts Center. There are 50 images on the walls and around 15 sculptures on pedestals on exhibit along with the "Artist Statements" about how Art has effected their life in a personal, healing way. — The catered RECEPTION /Awards NIght is 2 weeks away on Jan. 27th in tandem with the 3 other small one-person shows at the Dairy. It should be a very big night. — Also, the LECTURE is coming Tues., Jan. 17th at 6:30: "Resiliency and the Role of Art in the Healing Process" presented my Michael Franklin, Chair of the Art Therapy Dept at Naropa Univ.
THE DAIRY IS OPEN DAILY: M-F 9am to 5pm // Sat-Sun 10am to 4pm
'Glorious Poppy' 14" x 14" , Oil on canvas.
My friend Gloria took a photo of a poppy and gave me permission to use it in a painting. Hence the play on words of the title, Gloria's vs. Glorious.