FLORILEGIUM solo show

I am very happy to announce my solo exhibition of new paintings—Florilegium— at the Meyer Gallery in Park City, Utah. An opening reception will be held this Friday, February 28th from 6-9 p.m. during the Park City Gallery Stroll.

florilegium: a collection of literary extracts (an anthology)
from Early 17th century modern Latin, literally ‘bouquet’ (from Latin flos, flor- ‘flower’ + legere ‘gather’)

My inspiration for this body of work came from a desire to combine the language of flowers with an anthology of poetry. I selected poems and imagery that are evocative of paradise gained and lost. “The Lovebirds”—a double portrait of a couple in love inspired by William Shakespeare’s song It Was a Lover and His Lass—is full of the promise of springtime and conjugal happiness. In contrast, “Evanescence: Hand with Hummingbirds and Orchids”—inspired by Emily Dickinson’s poem Evanescence—depicts the precariousness of nature, with fires consuming the rainforest in the background. “Xanadu” and “The Lotus-Eaters” beckon us to escape into dreamlands which are full of beauty, mystery and danger. Please click on individual images below to see more of the painting and to read the accompanying literary excerpt.

Hand paintings to celebrate the New Year

Thank you to everyone who has made 2019 a wonderful year full of good friendships and milestones. I wish you all a prosperous and happy 2020. To celebrate the New Year I am releasing three new hand paintings. I found myself lately longing for the delicacy of these intimate little images and have several new hand compositions planned for 2020. Paintings shown below are now available at the Meyer Gallery in Santa Fe.

Making Her Mark

I am honored to be participating in a group show “Making Her Mark: Art by Women” at the Meyer Gallery, Park City. Opening reception on August 30th from 6-9 pm during Park City Gallery Stroll. The show will hang until the last week of September.

My latest painting “The Peacemaker” will be on view. It is a portrait of a young woman making her mark by fighting for peace. She is crowned with the laurels of victory and poetry and in her hand are apple blossoms symbolizing renewal.

“The Peacemaker” 24×20 inches, oil on panel available at Meyer Gallery, Park City
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“Spellbound” Book Release and Solo Exhibition

Please join us tonight, Friday, May 17th from 5pm to 7pm at the Meyer Gallery in Santa Fe for an exhibition of new paintings with a book signing to celebrate the release of my debut book Spellbound. Spellbound is a retrospective of my paintings over the past decade and is published by the Unicorn Publishing Group with a lovely introduction by John O’Hern. It is available through booksellers and Amazon. Signed copies are available from the Meyer Gallery.

The exhibition “Spellbound” is a celebration of beloved pictorial themes documented in the book. The dualities of love and loss, death and rebirth, beauty and savagery fascinate me. In painting I continue to be spellbound by imagery both in the natural world around us and by the magical inner world of emotion and poetry.

“The Happy Few: Youth with Black-footed Ferrets” 16×12 inches, oil on panel
“The Overlook: Cherub with Indian Blackbuck” 40×30 inches, oil on linen
“The Betrothed” 10×8 inches, oil on panel
“Time Regained: Hand with Proust and Forget Me Nots” 8×6 inches, oil on panel
“Archangel with Nile Monitor Lizard” 52×40 inches, oil on linen
“Atalanta and the Boar” 40×32 inches, oil on linen
“Little Faun” 8×6 inches, oil on panel
“St. Lucy” 7×5 inches, oil on panel
“Hand with Ode to Martin Johnson Heade” 8×6 inches, oil on panel

“Aurora” and “The Lovebird”

Two new paintings have arrived at the Meyer Gallery in Park City, Utah.

“Aurora”
oil on panel, 7.75 x 5.75 inches

Aurora (or Eos in Greek) is the Roman goddess of dawn. I painted her appearing in fiery orange robes in a backdrop of a rosy early morning landscape. Tennyson in his poem Tithonus, describes the goddess as blinding the stars and renewing her “beauty morn by morn”. Tithonus was the lover of Aurora who was granted immortality but not eternal youth.

A soft air fans the cloud apart; there comes 
A glimpse of that dark world where I was born. 
Once more the old mysterious glimmer steals 
From thy pure brows, and from thy shoulders pure, 
And bosom beating with a heart renew’d. 
Thy cheek begins to redden thro’ the gloom, 
Thy sweet eyes brighten slowly close to mine, 
Ere yet they blind the stars, and the wild team 
Which love thee, yearning for thy yoke, arise, 
And shake the darkness from their loosen’d manes, 
And beat the twilight into flakes of fire.

from “Tithonus” by Alfred, Lord Tennyson
“The Lovebird”
10×8 inches, oil on panel