Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Off Road


OFF ROAD: A Traveler's Tale, Part I

The first states of these pieces were created in the late summer of 2011, by a combination of mono-print and painting. The following summer, 2012, saw them take shape as a series of stories set in the curious rugged landscapes supplied by the mono-prints. I think of these narrative pieces as "alternative fiction". My free expressionistic flow of thought uses popular culture and sculptural ideas to form snapshot views of events or states. And these various figures, who all star in their own stories, suggest to me themes and variations, like glimpses along a journey.

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Water's Edge, 8" x 20" oil and drawing on Yupo

 Detail, Water's Edge, 8" x 20" oil and drawing on Yupo




Windy Day, 8" x 20" oil and drawing on Yupo

 Detail, Windy Day, 8" x 20" oil and drawing on Yupo


Tourists, 8" x 20" oil and drawing on Yupo

 Detail, Tourists, 8" x 20" oil and drawing on Yupo




Mysterious Sky Displays, 8" x 20" oil and drawing on Yupo

 Detail, Mysterious Sky Displays, 8" x 20" oil and drawing on Yupo




 
Heading Home, 8" x 20" oil and drawing on Yupo

 Detail, Heading Home, 8" x 20" oil and drawing on Yupo




The Artist, 8" x 20" oil and drawing on Yupo

Detail, The Artist, 8" x 20" oil and drawing on Yupo

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Small Songs

The Wine Dark Sea, 6x9", 2003
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Green Wave, 6x9", 2003

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Squall, 6x9", 2003

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Dolphin Cloud, 6x9", 2003

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Arch, 6x9", 2003

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About Tuscany, 6x9". 2003

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Spring Grass Fires, 6x9", 2003

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Night Sea, 6x11", 2003

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Moolit Cloud Bank, 6x11", 2003

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Pale Moon on the Levee, 6x11", 2003

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Dust Storm, 6x11", 2003

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On the Dunes, 6x9", 2003
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High Butte, 6x9", 2003

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Wing in Water, 8x11", 2003

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Water Bears, 8x11", 2003

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Sweet Northern Songs

This is a collection of pieces that I feel show the cultural influences of growing up in the American Midwest in a first generation Irish and Norwegian family. Several of the paintings were begun in the late sixties when I lived in Toronto. I kept a small studio in Markham Village, and was represented by Gallery Moos on Yorkville Avenue. When my husband and I left for UCLA, I took a roll of unfinished canvases with me, knowing that I'd complete them when life got back to normal. My husband's PhD, three children, and a long, interesting working life in environmental assessment allowed only sporadic attempts at painting, and I didn't really get my chance until the hot Texas summer of 2000. This collection includes those completed canvases, some contemporary work, and a few from the years between.
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The Bear and the Girls, x ,1986
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Picnic at White Egret Falls, 40x54", 2000

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Night Racing, x, 2002

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Elk at the Garden Gate, 36x39", 2001

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Coming to Town, 40x26" , 2002

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Mourning the Kursk, 46x61", 2000

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Fjord Wedding, 34x62", 2002

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The Journey, 55x32", 2001

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A House God, 68x45", 2002

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Walking the Highlands, 26x20", 2003

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Jungle Ruins, 20x26", 2003

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Detail, The Bear and the Girls, 1986

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Love at the Top of the World, 62x34", 1996

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Cleo and the Cosmos, 41x57" 2001

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Covering the News

During the winter 2004-5 I found myself drawn to newspaper photos. The images spoke of politics at home and in foreign places, of need and rescue, of everyday pleasures and heroic moments, each one so specific we can see ourselves there. I'd never worked from news stories before, but by summer I began to think of that pile of clippings as a spring board to my own work. As I studied each photo I often found it calling for more than one version of the "story", since the act of painting can open resonances in ones thinking, spatially (rearrangement of elements and relationships) and linearly (other ways to speak of the story content). In the end there were more than twenty-four 10x10" oil paintings on wood panels. These are a few of them.
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The Patrons, 10x10", 2005
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Lone Sentry, 10x10", 2005
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Lonely Outpost, 10x10", 2005

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On a Winter Day, 10x10", 2005

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Rescue Attempt, 10x10", 2005

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Together, 10x10", 2005

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Boys Need a Home, 10x10, 2005

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Songwriter, 10x10", 2005

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Rumsfeld and Karzai, 10x10", 2005

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The Rowing Team, 10x10", 2005

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Trooper in Starbucks, 10x10", 2005

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Polar Fundraiser, 10x10" 2005

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First Jumper, 10x10", 2005


.Waiting to Vote in Zimbabwe, 10x10", 2005


The Peace Sign, 10x10, 2005

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