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.
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.
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.
Two new paintings have arrived at the Meyer Gallery in Park City, Utah.
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 comesfrom “Tithonus” by Alfred, Lord Tennyson
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.
The idea for “The Tempest” came from two different sources. The first is Shakespeare’s play of the same title and the second from Fiordiligi’s aria of steadfast love in Mozart’s opera “Cosí Fan Tutte”. I wanted to depict hope and strength of character in the face of adversity, symbolized by a figure confronting a gathering storm.
If by your art, my dearest father, you have
Put the wild waters in this roar, allay them,
The sky, it seems would pour down the stinking pitch,
But that the sea, mounting to th’welkin’s cheek,
Dashes the fire out, O, I have suffered
With those that I saw suffer: a brave vessel―
Who had, no doubt, some noble creature in her―
Dashed all to pieces, O, the cry did knock
Against my very heart, Poor souls, they perished.
Had I been any god of power, I would
Have sunk the sea within the earth, or ere
It should the good ship so have swallowed, and
The fraughting souls within her.
~ William Shakespeare “The Tempest”
Come scoglio immoto resta
Contra i venti, e la tempesta,
Così ognor quest’alma è forte
Nella fede, e nell’amor.
Con noi nacque quella face
Che ci piace, e ci consola,
E potrà la morte sola
Far che cangi affetto il cor.
~ Mozart “Così Fan Tutte”
Like a rock, we stand immobile
against the wind and storm,
and are always strong
in trust and love.
From us is born the light
that gives us pleasure and comfort,
and the power of death alone
can change the affections of our hearts.
~ (English translation by Natalie Miller)
“Child with Milagros” is currently on exhibit at the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art in Santa Fe. It is part of the group show “GenNext: Future So Bright” featuring contemporary artists working with New Mexican imagery with historical and indigenous roots. The show runs thru March 29, 2019. The painting is available for purchase from the Meyer Gallery in Santa Fe.
Milagros are religious charms used as votive offerings at altars or shrines to aid in the healing of illnesses and wounds. They are often fashioned in the forms of body parts. In this painting, a pair of coral arms and a sacred heart are worn on a necklace.