Portfolio > Balancing Point

Balancing Point is being exhibited from October 25 - November 21 through https://www.thebrownstoneart.com in Brooklyn, NY in The Brownstone online gallery.

This body of work has been created during my isolation due to covid-19. Not that I’ve been sick with the virus; it’s just been the need to take only measured and considered risks when it comes to interactions. It has been a quiet and focused time. Close to home, my studio is just a short walk up the lane. During my morning stroll towards this destination, I would tune into the thoughts and feelings that became the starting point for my day’s work in the studio.

Each day I would begin work with the process of mark making on paper, a quick series of exercises that eventually turned into the nine panel painting “Salutation”. I usually have several paintings on the go simultaneously and my attention would then move to building layers of paint, mark making, medium and collage on the paintings currently taking form. One day rolled into the next giving rise to the mini-series of paintings titled “Another Day”. Simultaneously, the layered abstracts that changed from day to day, visually chronicled the passage of time. A few were completed quickly and others required more contemplation and daily visits before finding a conclusion. Still others morphed into more recognizable forms becoming the mixed media series, “Life is Still”.

Twyla Tharp once said, “art is the only way to run away without leaving home”, a sentiment I understand well. However at this time, in this place I would have to say that my studio time since the beginning of this turbulent pandemic has been more about finding equanimity. In her book Real Changes, Sharon Salzburg, a teacher of Buddhist mindfulness meditation writes:

“Equanimity holds it all. Peace is not about moving away from or transcending all the pain in order to travel to an easeful, spacious realm of relief: we cradle both the immense sorrow and the wondrousness of life at the same time. Being able to be fully present with both is the gift equanimity gives us – spacious stillness, radiant calm.”


*I would like to acknowledge the assistance of a grant, received in 2018 from the Shelburne County Arts Council, in the creation of this body of work.

Life is Still: Posies on Two Tables
mixed: oil, cold wax medium,graphite, china marker, charcoal, collage on wooden panel
20"x20"
2020
still life, abstract floral, mixed media, oil &cold wax medium painting
oil, cold wax medium
8"x6"
2020
Life is Still: White Tulips
mixed: oil, cold wax medium, collage, china marker on handmade paper
16inx20in
2020
Life is Still: Tea
mixed: oil, cold wax medium, collage on handmade paper
11.5"x17.5"
2020
Life is Still: Bloody Bouquet
mixed: oil, cold wax medium, collage on handmade paper
12" x 16"
2020
mixed media,  oil, cold wax medium, collage on homemade paperl
mixed: oil, cold wax medium, collage, china marker on handmade paper
11.5"x17.5"
2020
Earth Dream
mixed: oil, cold wax medium, graphite, china marker, charcoal, collage on handmade paper
11.5"x17.5"
2020
Dream Boat
mixed: oil, cold wax medium, graphite, china marker, charcoal, collage on handmade paper
11.5"x17.5"
2020
Staying the course
oil, cold wax medium, collage, medium & marble dust on wooden panel
20"x20"
2020
Held Within
oil, cold wax medium, collage on wooden panel
12"x12"
2020
Salutation
mixed: oil, cold wax medium,graphite, china marker, charcoal, collage on handmade paper
nine, 6"x6" panels
2020
Deep Breath
mixed: oil, cold wax medium,graphite, china marker, charcoal, collage on wooden panel
6"x6"
2020
Moving On
mixed: oil, cold wax medium, collage on wooden panel
12"x12"
2020
Calm
mixed: oil, cold wax medium, collage on handmade paper
12" x 16"
2020
Equanimity: Passing Over
mixed: oil, cold wax medium,graphite, china marker, charcoal, collage on handmade paper
12"x12"
2020
Equanimity: Suspended State
mixed: oil, cold wax medium,graphite, china marker, charcoal, collage on handmade paper
12"x12"
2020
Equanimity: Passing Through
oil, cold wax medium, collage, medium & marble dust on wooden panel
12"x12"
2020
Another Day #1 -Another Day #6
oil, cold wax medium, collage on wooden panel
6"x6"
2020
End of Summer II
oil, cold wax medium, collage on wooden panel
12"x12"
2020
End of Summer I
oil, cold wax medium, collage on wooden panel
12"x12"
2020
Okay (Maybe)
Mixed Media: oil, cold wax medium
8inx10in
2020
As if Nothing was Wrong
Mixed Media: oil, cold wax medium
14inx11in
2020