Painted on the reflective interior of a take-home bag from Masala Times, a favorite restaurant on my block in NYC, this piece almost didn’t happen. The bag hit me as possible canvas — it had a large clean and shiny surface when opened. From disposable to opportunity. It was either going into the garbage or becoming […]
I had the good fortune of sharing time with Linda and both her champs. This commissioned portrait of Rocky and Coco began with an initial at home on-premise photo session and then a second on-premise shoot. After that, and choosing selects, I painted the piece. It took roughly two months to complete. Timing was significant, […]
Dominic and Jorge have lived in my building since before I moved in. I had the urge to do this for them in the few days leading up to Pride Sunday in NYC this year. It’s painted on a poly sheet I’d used experimentally in a portrait I’d recently done… and thus it’s shape. Roughly […]
TREE FORM is a piece I painted on repurposed canvas – reflective foam board – that I found left over from a photo shoot one afternoon near my studio. Smooth on the reflective side, solid, and lightweight. Two came back to my studio with me. This piece is painted on one of them. TREE FORM […]
This piece is all about life. The green sprout rising, youth, words: “Earth Springs. We Witness. We Spring in Kind.” And more. Attached to it’s chain is an apple, which is where it is signed and dated. Most definitely a life affirming piece. Earth Springs 2002 Acrylics and mixed medium on window sash, chain with dangling […]
Here is she is. She Lady. Strength of being, primitive and regal, precious and raw. Earthbound. Female. A testament to life now and forward, She Lady bedazzles with luscious freshness. She is here, dimensional in her surface. Light knows she’s there. She is it’s reflection. She Lady is eternal. SHE LADY 10.5″ x 13″, […]
I have a long history of painting things. Often my favorite things to paint have great bone structure but are under appreciated, ready for second lives. Tobacco sticks personify this potential. Solid, evocative, architectural. Marvelously tactile, slender, weighty. Once farm tools, now repurposed as enchanting canvas. Scepter or staff? Or accent mark to a lucky […]
I had a bead store around the corner from my apartment. Who has that? It was on Christopher and as a break from writing I would walk over and get inspired. It was a long writing project and I made many of these bead and wire curiosities. Sprites, they are.
Before masks became pandemic gear I painted a bunch of costume masks to sell locally. Custom costume. Seemed a ripe canvas. So, in the spirit of “let’s see” I purchased a few plain party masks and painted them using acrylics and mixed medium. They sold at Gothic Renaissance in the East Village. I wore the white one, below, to my […]
He is hair and fiber, floral and male, radiant and receiving. Observer in the midst, he is curious, cautious, experiencing. RADIO MAN is one of five pieces created using floral fabrics. The other four are pictured below.
THE HUG embraces connection. Life celebrating luck. It’s painted on glass, both sides. I love this technique as it’s a double shot at creation. Fragile it is, though, which is why I switched to plexi, vinyl, and acetates later on. The Hug has a pyramid, cypress, and two green life forms entwined. In it’s […]
The wide rim of this frame started the piece. To me it was a runway for text. An open blank. WHAT DO MEN NOT HAVE?, 2001, was painted the five days prior to 9/11. The frame came first in the creative process. In the culture of my heritage questions are powerful things, veritably the language of […]
This is painted on a kitchen refrigerator magnet I received with a 2021 calendar and faces of the business owners who sent it printed on it. The calendar print was tiny so I made different use of it. In the picture of the magnet on a refrigerator there’s another magnet below it, also a fixer […]
Ginger, one of two dogs on my floor, Bob’s dog, passed away recently from cancer. Sweet disposition and wonderful companion to Bob. Bob’s a walker and I know Ginger did not lack for circulation. I miss her. Did this for Bob. I’ve been doing names on laminate this year. It’s a sturdy surface and here, […]
These are all slender silhouettes. Why? Because I had a great piece of clear vinyl acetate and wanted to make the most of it. The pencil came first. What else could fit in a small strip? A pineapple on a classic column, a smile inducing toothbrush and a test tube showing life. They’re painted using […]