A little hiking, a lot of painting, and just a beautiful winter get-away...
I was trying to capture the light against the rock and it wasn't until I got home and looked through the photos when I realized that a young boy had comes through the tunnel path as I had snapped the photo, loved the silhouette and the size perspective it gave the rocks! #happyaccident
As an adult, I was introduced to the poem by Wislawa Szymborska describing, not a woman turning into a literal pillar of salt, but a woman cut in anguish trying to leave the past behind. Now that was a historic telling that made sense, and I painted an oil and mirror mosaic inspired by that poem. However, I was never truly happy with the painting, and this past January, after spending time on the history-steeped island of Gozo, Malta, I decided to revisit it. I covered the burning city with a sea-inspired liquid acrylic pour, and the mirrored city became saltpans. Civilization reclaimed by nature, history healed by time. Suddenly the painting, like the story, came alive for me. And because I felt a kinship to those Gozitans who continued to labor in that ancient and time-tested technique of salt extraction, it was only fitting to dedicate this painting to such a basic yet primal part of life: Salt.
Today, the ever-changing palette of Lake Michigan evokes the sea for me. So I put this wall together as homage to summer in Chicago and the treasures in our own backyard that we can too often take for granted. These Foster Beach sand casts (plaster, resin, sand) of driftwood and found shells serve as companion pieces, bringing to mind the grit and silk of the surprising number of beaches we enjoy in Chicago. And in the paintings: the plip and scatter of minnows in the shallows of Montrose Bird Sanctuary, the buzz of dragonflies over the dunes, the clip and billow of all those sailboats, and the ever screeching “mine-mine-MINE” of the flocking gulls.
Now, at the Andersonville Galleria:
Oh my goodness, what a delight to arrive back in Chicago to find out that my work was photographed and shared! Thank you so much! Check out my Instagram for more.
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7227 N Philadelphia Ave
Portland, OR 97203
"…Every day I discover even more beautiful things. It is intoxicating me, and I want to paint it all…
my head is bursting."
-- Claude Monet