Thursday, October 28, 2021

How these pieces came in to being

  


When I went to Ireland last time, my wife was in meetings for a few days so I was on my own. I saw that there was an exhibit of paintings by Sean Scully. He is not high on my "like" list but I always go and look as you never know when something will surprise you. As I stood, trying to "get" his work, I was again disappointed in the lack of vibrancy and life in the large colour bar paintings. I must have had a disappointed look on my face. One of the guards came over and said, in a low voice "Yeah, we have to come here every day". I almost burst out laughing. Then he said "but go see the photos!"" He pointed to the end gallery. I walked down and saw where all his paintings came from, the stone stacked fences and walls made of slate. His paintings were a coloured interpretation of those stone patterns.

I had a good camera with me, and in my usual obsessive way, I spent 2 weeks photographing stone walls, monuments, and everything made of stones.

I had no idea what I would use them for, but the exercise made me more aware of the patterns and how they changed throughout Ireland.

On the last day before returning to Dublin we were walking down the street in Limerick and when I looked down the ally at the city wall I saw where someone had crashed into it and that it had been repaired with brick. The contrast between the red brick and the grey stone was dramatic, and it had a vaguely human shape to it. 

That's IT! I had taken a number of studio photos of various models for an etching project I was working on and when I got back to the studio I began matching them up. The results were my first "Women in Stone" show. I had several shows of the work and sold many pieces. I had a show at a local photography show and sold a few but put the rest in my storage area of the studio. The brick one was very large and I enjoyed having it in the studio. One night I was using an English red oil paint that was almost exactly the colour of the redist brick. I painted it on one brick.

At about three in the morning, I had painted the entire thing in a mix of colours and to my delight, I loved it!


And so the journey began. I have now painted most of the original series on metallic paper painted with oils, watercolour, pens, wax, and a variety of other mark-making tools.

I have expanded the collection of work to include tree barks, desert landscapes, and water. All work was then rescanned and printed as face mounts on plexiglass. The effects are quite stunning. 


I do hope you enjoy the show!


Monday, October 18, 2021

Recently SOLD!

 




Thursday, October 14, 2021

The Gallery in Harrisburg Show

These are a few of the "Women in Stone-Revisited" show now at the Gallery in Harrisburg. There will be a reception on the 6th of November at 2:00.






 

Sunday, October 10, 2021

Thursday, July 29, 2021

Red Clover


 This 24x30 oil on panel will soon be at Freed Gallery on the Oregon Coast.


Prints are available on ArtPal.com and Canvas prints are available at Vistra Gallery

Sunday, July 25, 2021

New Work

48x48 oil on linen

 Prints of this one are available in 12x12, 24x24, and 30x30, signed and editioned.

Thursday, June 10, 2021

Tonight's Project




 Going to work on a few more photos from my "Women in Stone" series. First pass at this one. 30x17 printed on metallic paper by Vistra.
The second image is after a late night here in the studio.
Let me know if you see the changes.

This photo was the inspiration for the entire series. We were walking down a side street in Limerick and I looked down the ally and saw where they had repaired the city wall with bricks after a crash. I saw the figure and had the perfect model in mind.
This one will be called "Angel of Limerick"