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As I reflect on place and how my surroundings impact my feelings and thoughts, landscape becomes an allegory for psyche and emotion.  Although I am a city dweller, my soul is most stirred in lands that seem beyond the control of humans.

 

“Under the Sun” references a wild November day when I was walking through a hibernating prairie.  Sunlight filtered through incessantly evolving clouds, creating theatrical shadows.  Of that day, I most vividly remember the interplay of light and wind.  It is this fleeting world that nourishes my imagination and dreams.




The paintings in the series, Yizkor (Rememberance), explore the relationships of memory, death and birth. My father died on my birthday, tangibly and forever linking his passing to my beginning. With iimagery inspired by personal memories, family narratives and photographs, these works are symbolic representations of the juncture of physical transience and my ancestry. They reflect on the process of mourning and upon mortality as the evolution from outer shell to soul.


Paintings of birds are inspired by direct observation of nature and from the Bird Specimen Collection at the Field Museum in Chicago, which amasses hundreds of thousands of birds from all over the world; some more than 100 years-old. Specimens in the museum are empty, feathered cases; smelling of moth balls; stuffed with cotton; their legs tethered. The collection primarily exists to research environment, culture and conservation. Changing climates affect the ecosystems in which the birds live, impacting their migration, breeding, food supply and survival. By studying their lives. we hold up a mirror, reflecting our own future as a species.



As archetype, birds possess significance, in that they inhabit earth, sea and sky, evoking humanity’s deepest aspirations and fears. Birds assume the persona of angel: messenger, guide, harbinger of life and death. 

 

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