Over the past 4 decades, most of my paintings have either been figurative or fantasy landscapes. I have begun a new series of landscapes this year called Dreamscapes. Incorporating vivid color and expressive brushwork these paintings depict dreamlike landscapes where anything can appear, reality discarded. My love of nature is the inspiration and desire to protect the environment fuels the passion. I am continuing this exploration, but I’m not one dimensional and so events this tumultuous year have sparked some other work.
Though I’ve lived my life mostly apolitical, I’ve found myself occasionally stepping away from the Dreamscapes, compelled to respond in my art to what I’m witnessing in this time and place. A mixed media drawing depicts the intersect of the Pandemic, the BLM movement, and the uprising of White Supremacy and Fascism both here in America and around the globe. I’ve imagined the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse placed in a 2020 context. Each of the horses and their riders depict an aspect of social unrest or governmental failure that I’m witnessing. The 36”H x 48”W drawing in charcoal, pastel, pencil and conte’ crayon is titled The World Is Watching. It comes as a surprise to find myself making images of this nature; however I feel compelled to bear witness.
The Covid Queen
Charcoal, Pastel, Pencil and Prismacolor on Strathmore 400 paper