2012: A year of artistic reinvention

blue textile painting with blue bird and beetles
22″ x 30″ acrylic, oil and 22k gold on canvas
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For about 10 years I have been painting traditional landscapes, cityscapes and portraits (both of sitters with two and four legs). While I look forward to continuing on that path, I have concocted a new painting process and aesthetic in my work that combines all the textile and design patterns I have been hoarding and my formal training as an illustrator. Expect to see some edgy creepy-crawly subject matter mixed with feminine print designs. My favorite added element to these new paintings is gold leaf applied over hand-drawn delicate lace-like patterns.

It seems fitting to mark the beginning of my second decade of painting with a brand new style of work, which is also very motivating as I think about preparing for a show this year. A percent of my sales will continue to be donated to charity as that component of my work has certainly been the thrust of the first five years of content on this website. With that said, I would love to hear suggestions of Pittsburgh charities I might consider. Feedback on the paintings themselves would also be greatly appreciated!

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