"These jewel-like paintings intuitively fuse different aesthetic traditions, folk art and old master, with natural grace and an uncanny quality that may be a species of magic." —American Arts Quarterly
Happy Holidays to all! Thank you very much for your continued support and encouragement through the year. I wish everyone a New Year full of blessings. Venus and Cupid with Parakeets is a new work just delivered to Meyer Gallery in Santa Fe. I have lately been enamored by jonquil yellow color and eau de nil (a pale nile green). What better use of such evocative colors than to portray symbols of love.
The pair of Indian yellow ring-necked parakeets (the male has the rose band around its neck) are shown with a branch of the arbutus unedo or strawberry tree, which flowers and fruits simultaneously and is said to have been an emblem of Venus.
The fountains mingle with the river
And the rivers with the ocean,
The winds of heaven mix for ever
With a sweet emotion;
Nothing in the world is single;
All things by a law divine
In one spirit meet and mingle.
Why not I with thine?—
See the mountains kiss high heaven
And the waves clasp one another;
No sister-flower would be forgiven
If it disdained its brother;
And the sunlight clasps the earth
And the moonbeams kiss the sea:
What is all this sweet work worth
If thou kiss not me?
I just finished the body of work for my show which opens tomorrow, Friday, June 6, 5-7 pm at the Meyer East Gallery in Santa Fe. There are lots of new pieces built around the theme “Tesoro Mio” ~ a show full of many treasured objects and beloveds.
I’ve always loved the name “Dorabella.” I was painting this while listening to Mozart’s opera “Cosi Fan Tutte” ~ and it was natural to name this piece “Dorabella” after one of the characters. I think that “Dorabella” means “beautiful” (bella) “gift” (dora.)