GRACE is a state of mind -
a wonderful strange mixture of
acceptance, resignation and defiance
and I have always admired people
who can practice it in the face of
great adversity and challenges.
It is a universal experience
we all share, so I wanted to find
the right facial expression, searching
for a mixture of sadness,
a little wisdom and understanding.
I surrounded the face
with strong colors and elements
to symbolize the layers
of time that brought us to this moment.
SIZE - 32 x 40”
Dry Watercolor and Pencil with Acrylic Collage
Museum Framed UV - Plexiglass with 2“ Framing
A powerful, insular expression of disdain
was the foundation of this art piece.
The feeling of being above things
are symbolized by lifting the face
out of the background and using the least
amount of adornments to complete.
There is a longing for escape
in this picture. Also a element
of sinister expression.
It is the emotion of fear that
overcomes us when we realize
or try to face our own ghosts.
Navigating our emotions through the
experiences of big city living
was the foundation of this piece.
I wanted to create a portrait of
a sensitive face surrounded
by oversize structures,
showing the isolation,
lack of space and stress
on basic humanity.
I spent my life in the communication
industry and experienced firsthand
careful orchestration and messaging.
The layers of planning and marketing
that are spent on the creation
of a beautiful image was the idea behind
this art work.
I surrounded the face with layers
of structures and declined
to finish the face,
symbolizing the ongoing effort.
We are all guilty of shutting out
ideas and concepts we are not
familiar or comfortable with.
I selected a face of a mature/experienced
man/intellectual and surrounded him
with structures that extend over his voice.
Returning to Europe I was undone
by the ongoing practice of worshiping
the monuments of national heroism
and celebrating a time that brought
great destruction and misery
to millions of people.
I created the impression of a hall of fame
except the face is hanging on a string.
Out of nowhere,
preoccupied we look up
and there is this instant recognition,
the a magic moment when we connect
and a distant history takes place
before we move on with our lives.
I added to this moment by framing
that expression and pretended
the world stood still.
SIZE 32 x 40”
MIXED MEDIA - Dry Watercolor and Pencil
Museum Framed UV - Plexiglass with 2 “ Framing
This is an introduction to a series dedicated
to past and future generations of children.
It is my tribute to honor the forgotten and
rarely mentioned participants of every war.
I especially want to dedicate this series
to the children who grew strong and
left the horrors behind and built new lives
for the next generation. But also to the ones
forever doomed to walk in their memories;
unable to overcome what they have witnessed.
The Ghost Walkers, the Screamers,
the Silent Ones, and the Violent Ones -
casualties of a lost childhood
War leaves a lasting effect on how children see the world.
This is in honor of the young men and boys who experience
a great sense of violence and were never able to reconnect
to a peaceful life.
I wanted to show in a very graphic way the impact
that violence has. On the left side of this work
you see a troubled young men trying to make sense of his
experiences and on the right hand the anger,
fear and hate returns over and over again.
This work is in honor of those children that never
were allowed to have a childhood.
I chose the face of a young girl, innocent,
kind and forward thinking. Her eyes are fixed on you
awaiting the answers to her nightmares.
The face of a young man thrown back in pain.
To interpret his world of conflict I enclosed his face
with shattered elements and added motion
to his body language.
This work is done in Pencil, Dry Watercolor and Acrylic in a montage.
This work was done in memory of the horror committed in Darfur.
Her eyes are blank and staring. Her inner world is on pause.
Emotionally disconnected she is not of this world. She is
going through the motions of daily life, not able to
shed the imprisonment of her experiences.
The injustice that was never heard.
Starvation is a hideous slow road to physical and
emotional decline. It is something that too many
children in a war setting are familiar with.
It touches every core of their lives.
A sense of loss, trust and dignity will be
their burden for the rest of their lives.
I used the greek name to symbolize the
character of this work. Self assured,
in the lead position, looking back to see
who is following. Full of energy and motion
with a great touch of romanticism.
A young girl on the road to become
a woman - on the left hand side
the softness of a girl - on the right side
the emerging maturity of a young woman.
To add to the visual perception
I positioned motion in different directions.
I wanted to capture the burning eyes of a Zealot and
his conviction and certainty in his belief.
The voices of zealots are meant to leave no doubt.
To do it justice I selected a strong face, put it
in a square settingand surrounded it with energy.
Growing up and leaving
behind the age of innocence is a difficult time. I wanted to
combine two images in one - the left side
that of a young girl coming into her own
and on the right side the effect she encounters
in becoming an attraction to the rest of the world.
I wanted to capture the essence of an
analytical personality. Structured, focused,
part computer, part human. To add layers to
this complexity I added vertical elements
to enhance the focus on the human eye
in contrast to the mechanical.
It is my first work and still my favorite.
I wanted to develop an expression of confidence,
self assurance and vulnerability. The left side
represents the core structure in support
of the softness and assuredness of the right side.