This series is designed to create a stable, but lively presence. Each painting should read as both familiar and mysterious. They are large enough to create an immediate, rich, and calming presence, but with continued viewing they entertain the eye. People seem to enjoy tracing the lines with their eyes. The imagery is highly personal and emerged from my own experience.
Snake Clan 3 (2008) brass leaf and oil on canvas, 40 x 40
This series was directly inspired by pottery from ancient Crete and generally by the longevity of the rosette as a decorative element. The rosette emerged in Mediterranean cultures and spread east to China and returned to Europe centuries later in the form of silk brocades. Even today, thousands of years later, the rosette is still utilized as a decorative element. The rosette is, for me, a symbol of universal understanding.
Kydon was a city in ancient Crete.
The Kydon series can be displayed in a sequence or as a grid, as pictured. The decorated edges add a sculptural effect.
Kydon 6, (2015) acrylic and aluminum leaf on carved board, 16 x 16
The Adelphos Series was envisioned after experiencing the harmony of the Alhambra and after seeing an Islamic carved panel, which fascinated me for the elegance of its slight bilateral asymmetry. The series is designed to create an harmonic whole, but also to have each individual part be of interest.
The title Adelphos means brotherly and references universal harmony.
Adelphos is interesting when displayed sequentially, but the individual pieces are strong enough when viewed from a distance that the series could be displayed vertically as pictured.
adelphos 12 (2015 ) gold leaf and acrylic on carved birch board, 12 x 12
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