Measuring Up (2014)

Measuring Up (2014)

Oil on Canvas
28″ x 40″

This one took on many layers and much agonizing, but I think I’m finally done with it. I don’t think you’re ever “done” with a painting, there just comes to a point where it makes sense to stop.

For me, this painting represents a marked departure from the strict symbolism and realism I’ve adhered to in the past. I let myself play with the paint this time, utilizing textures, fragmented and disjointed abstract forms to express the feeling I wanted to capture.

A dark piece; the contrasted edges represent the boundaries and expectations we give ourselves and allow others of us. But every now and again, streaks of light and color creep into the dark edges of our reflected thoughts and memories, allowing us to create ourselves by being destroyed.

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Regrets Only

What I’ve been working on recently…

An addition to the series, “Regrets” shows the dichotomy between sex and love, comfort and pain. It is the moment after desire turns to lasciviousness, and the conflicting emotions of want and regret. The imagery depicts a haunting turbulence, a calming euphoria, and the need for intimacy.

Regrets
Regrets Only
26″ x 22″
Oil on Canvas

Also inspired by Dorothy Parker’s poem, “The Red Dress”

The Red Dress

I always saw, I always said
If I were grown and free,
I’d have a gown of reddest red
As fine as you could see,

To wear out walking, sleek and slow,
Upon a Summer day,
And there’d be one to see me so
And flip the world away.

And he would be a gallant one,
With stars behind his eyes,
And hair like metal in the sun,
And lips too warm for lies.

I always saw us, gay and good,
High honored in the town.
Now I am grown to womanhood….
I have the silly gown.

   —Dorothy Parker