My mother’s generation of women is vanishing. We are left with imperfect memories, snapshots, and unasked questions. Our mothers imparted to us an idea of what women were supposed to be that was given to them by their own mothers, as well as by the male dominated culture of the time. The movies and magazines they saw gave them standards to measure themselves against. These standards often fueled self hatred and insecurity. Were they good wives and mothers? Were they glamorous? Patriotic?
These paintings are part of an ongoing series that explores these ideas. They are inspired by my inherited collection of illustrator's model shots, and family photos from the 30's through the 50's which I freely interpret. The original use of the models' glamorized images informed and colored our parents' and grandparents' notions of “womanhood". These concepts were then passed on to us. Even after the advent of feminism we continue to be confused and bemused by the subject. In my work rather than use these women to sell products, I portray the models as individuals worthy of respectful portraiture. As the child of a woman who seemed to constantly reinvent herself I was often left asking myself: "Who is she today."
Who are you today?
This page shows a selection of my favorite portraits. Notable among them is the double portrait of Senator John Glenn and General Thomas Miller, U.S.M.C. Exhibited at Audubon Artists 73rd Annual Exhibit, my self portrait was given the Salmagundi Art Club Award for Oils or Acrylics.
LANDSCAPE & CITYSCAPE
Commissioned and uncommissioned paintings are presented in this collection. The first painting, BEETS, won the J. Francis Murphy Award for Landscape at the Salmagundi Landscape Exhibit of 2016.
BLUE EARS, the first equine portrait presented here, was given the Newington Award -Best Painting in Show, by the American Artists Professional League in their 87th Annual Exhibit. It has also been selected as a Finalist in the Animal/Wildlife category of The Artist's Magazine 33rd Annual Art Competition.
I love animals and I love to paint them. The bond we share with them goes deeply into our souls. Most of these paintings are commissions.
The dogs and cats and horses presented here are valuable family members, mental health companions, and dear friends. The pleasure my work brings to my clients is very gratifying.
Some of these were done as class demonstrations. Some were for fun, others commissioned.