This exhibition is a compilation of works of art created both in Florida and in Pittsburgh in 2016-2017. During that time my art was influenced both by my sense of place and by a series of events that weighed heavily on me. Some events I participated in and some I imagined but all had an impact on my artistic life.
In the summer of ,2016, I moved from the house I had lived in for most of my adult life to an apartment in another part of the city - For me a momentous change. Thankfully I had the anchor of Florida lo keep me balanced. The ocean was still there for me. The impact of its noise, its terrifying beauty and ever changing seascape grabbed me. I would wake up in anticipation of those gorgeous sunrises on the horizon. I would smell the air and embrace the warmth. How could I not feel the impact and capture it?
Then there was the grit of life which haunted me in the winter of 2017. In early January, while I was in Florida, one of my daughters and her Family were in a plane crash in Tanzania, which destroyed their small plane and against all odds spared their lives. It was a miracle. Thinking about that event took me to a place that I could only imagine. I was not there physically but visually I lived in that moment. I discovered that painting out loud takes courage. I held my own hand as I painted Furiously. The process became a surprisingly violent act of destroying, rearranging and pushing again and again. And oh the vibrant colors I created en route! I tried to mitigate the impact of these different images and, in the end, whole paintings miraculously emerged. Ultimately I found beauty in the grit of this world.
I invite you, the viewer, to experience my artistic point of view and find the joy I have expressed in these paintings.
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