Friday, August 11, 2017

Men with Flowers

In honour of Philando Castile, I'm starting a new series called Men With Flowers. These men will all be men of colour. Some of them will have birds accompanying them. My hope is for folks to display these sweet portraits prominently in their homes, welcoming visitors and living with occupants in such a way as to challenge hundreds of years of conditioning that tells us black men are to be feared.  Sales will go to Afro-American Music Institute in Pittsburgh, PA.

Man with Flowers
Oil on canvas
18 x 18 inches

Man with Flower
Oil on canvas
18 x 18 inches

Man and Boy with Flower
Oil on canvas
18 x 18 inches

Friday, June 02, 2017

Under Water

Under Water
Oil and iron oxide on canvas
48 x 48 inches

When I first had the idea for this painting, I was reflecting on the rising sea levels along the coast I now live in Half Moon Bay, CA. In some areas houses teeter literally on the edge of cliffs, eroded from below from slowly encroaching tides. One street I walk on regularly is being steadily pulled into the ocean by the relentlessly pounding surf. Efforts to fill the ever-appearing holes in the road's surface seem futile, but efforts diligently continue. 

On one of my walks, the image of houses with people breathing through snorkels popped into my mind, and that seemed too intriguing not to paint. As I worked on this piece, something began to reveal itself. The idea of rising waters wasn't so unnerving to me. In fact, the water became calm as I worked on this piece. The people, however, seemed disconcerting to me. Toward the end of the piece, I understood why. I was internally grappling with a few questions.

How will people treat each other as things change? Because things will change. Scientists are quite certain of that. How will we respond? Will we take an attitude of me first, or will we work together to find solutions that help ourselves and each other? What will our solutions look like? Surely not breathing through rusty pipes! Hopefully not isolated, afraid and alone in our houses with doors uniquely identifiable, yet too small for anyone to enter or leave.

Thursday, March 09, 2017


Oil, plaster, iron, oil pastel and buttons on canvas
4' x 6'

Monday, December 12, 2016

Anxious to Zonked: An Emotional Alphabet with Ordinary People


Bewildered and Confined

Disagreeable and Exuberant


Gregarious and Humble



Kind and Lonely

Mighty and Nurturing

Optimistic and Pained


Remorseful and Shy

Tenacious and Uplifted



Xenophobic and Yucky


Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Balanced Juggling with Friends

Balanced Juggling with Friends
Acrylic paint and water soluble crayon on paper
19 x 24 inches

(This is a piece I did as a t-shirt design for our local homeschool group BALL.  It was sold in exchange for a donation made to StandUp For Kids and now lives in Maine.)  

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