Frida

“I paint my own reality. The only thing I know is that I paint because I need to, and I paint whatever passes through my head without any other consideration.” Β  –Frida Kahlo

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New watercolor of Frida! Much love. { shop the collection }

New Work

My newest painting can be seen in the Juried All-Media Show at Crossroads Art Center in Richmond, VA. The group exhibition kicks off with an open house and reception on May 20 and runs through July 2.

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“Remembrance” 24×30, acrylic on canvas

In Depths

“I must be a mermaid. I have no fear of depths and a great fear of shallow living.” Β  –AnaΓ―s Nin

With all the rain lately I’ve been craving all things beach and ocean.
Let’s play mermaid, y’all!

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Landscapes

Montpelier Center for Arts knows how to throw a lovely shindig! Last night’s celebration of art was simply lovely.

I had three landscapes in the show and they were painted together after I finished reading Great Expectations with my oldest son. We were also reading about “The Flying Dutchman” in preparation for Virginia Opera’s final show of the season. So between those two master works, inspiration came easily for these new pieces — marshes and maelstroms make for some fun daydreaming.

(Tempest, Southern Shores, The Marshes — acrylic on gallery-wrapped canvas, 30″x30″)

hungry ghosts

Last night’s painting — inspiration came while listening to Les Chauds Lapins (je t’aime!) and also from of one of my favorite Lucille Clifton poems.

There is a girl inside (By Lucille Clifton)

There is a girl inside.
She is randy as a wolf.
She will not walk away and leave these bones
to an old woman.

She is a green tree in a forest of kindling.
She is a green girl in a used poet.

She has waited patient as a nun
for the second coming,
when she can break through gray hairs
into blossom

and her lovers will harvest
honey and thyme
and the woods will be wild
with the damn wonder of it.

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Hungry Ghosts, acrylic, 24″x24″