THINGS IMPORTANT TO A BOY: DUKES 

Graphite on paper

8x8"

THINGS IMPORTANT TO A BOY: CAKE

Graphite on paper

8x8"

THINGS IMPORTANT TO A BOY: SAILING

Graphite on paper

8x10"

THINGS IMPORTANT TO A BOY: KEYS

Graphite on paper

5x5"

NEST EXHIBITION

Ponte Vedra Cultural Center

Ponte Vedra, FL

 

This body of work explores the growth of a child from the perspective of the parent. 

 

Safety, peace, love, freedom and boundaries are words we use as a parent to describe what we wish for our child. Worry, fear, anxiety, fatigue and turmoil are another set of words that we use less frequently to describe the more difficult part of the parenting process.

 

Life-size figurative oil paintings and pastel drawings in this exhibition titled “Nest” visually describe these moments over a course of 18 years that define the parent-child relationship in it’s brightest and loneliest moments.

 

 

RED SERIES 

 

These works in red are based on a concept I created when I discovered I was pregnant with my son.  Fearing the unknown and seeing my present life slipping away from me, I set up a scene by creating a large cardboard box, draped a model with red cloth and placed her inside, lit with harsh lighting.  

 

January 5th is the day I found out I was pregnant, September 4th is going into labor, and September 5th was day of delivery.  The significance of the box was to portray the confinement and isolation I felt, stripped down to a shanty town life. I cut a makeshift window in the cardboard to sybolize the exit of my past but also to provide a portal for the future, hope.  What I didn't realize is that I had no idea I could love something so much and everything I was trying to hold onto now seemed insignificant.

 

January 5th
January 5th

Oil on masonite 49x49" 2014

September 4th
September 4th

Oil on masonite 49x49" 2014

September 5th
September 5th

Oil on masonite 49x49" 2014

Nest Exhibition
Nest Exhibition
Nest
Nest

Oil on wood panel 47x38" 2014

Nest Exhibition
Nest Exhibition

THINGS IMPORTANT TO A MOTHER: NIGHTMARE

oil on masonite

43x67"

THINGS IMPORTANT TO A MOTHER: NIGHTMARE (DETAIL)

oil on masonite

43x67"

NOT PULLING WEEDS

Pastel on paper

41x33"

THINGS IMPORTANT TO A BOY: BLACK DOG #2

Pastel on paper

42x32"

Murder Mystery Installation
Murder Mystery Installation

Rachel Thompson Gallery

FIGURATIVE PASTELS & OILS

These figurative works were created on large-scale format for visual impact.  For me, the figure becomes real at this size.  I find myself doing a double take when walking by one of these pieces because it feels like there is another person in the room.

The pure pigment in the pastels saturates the surface with color and gives the piece a warm, velvet quality which, to me, is very feminine, and is why the majority of my subjects are female.  I usually depict the subject as tied down, sometimes literally, burdened with a conflict.  I try to capture the moment when she realizes she is in danger and she is about to react.

The "Muder Mystery" series about a woman who becomes engrossed in her novel, and mentally "becomes" the main character.

Nest
Passage II
Passage I
Passage III
Murder Mystery Part I
Murder Mystery II
Char & Me
Self-Contained
In The Garden