Two Musicians

Two Musicians

2015, oil on linen, 18" x 24"

This painting is included in the Center on Contemporary Art (COCA) exhibition 35 Live, March 2 - April 3. Seattle exhibit venue will be announced shortly.

The interlocking figures in this painting are musicians “OCNotes” and “Thrills,” who have been collaborating to make electronic and rap music since their early teens. “OCNotes” was nominated for the 2105 Seattle Stranger Genius Award. “Thrills” is a Seattle musician and producer whose music has played on BBC Radio 1.

Sisters/Hermanas

Sisters/Hermanas

2015, oil on panel, 16" x 20"

Collection of the City of Seattle, Portable Works Collection

Integration

Integration

2015, oil on linen, 48 x 48"

The three friends visiting on our lawn reminded me of the intimate groups in Giotto’s frescos. In using patterns to fragment the figures (Seattle musicians OCNotes, Rik Rude and “Thrills”) I created an arch of sky and referenced a culture of fragment sampling while integrating the figures in a single plane.

 

Madame X and M

Madame X and M

2016, oil on linen, 30 x 40"

While photographing a friend I was startled to see that “M” naturally posed in a manner reminiscent of John Singer Sargent’s “Madame X”. My painting emphasizes the similarities and contrasts between them: both women are youthful, self-possessed and deal with societal judgement about appearance, and yet differ in period, culture and race.

 

Three Friends

Three Friends

2015

oil on panel, 24" x 36"

Donated to the Artist Trust auction Feb 27

The painting originated with my drawing of Zenobia and Conor (center and right) studying my husband Tom Gormally’s sculpture in his studio. I was interested in the easy rapport between the two, and the inquisitive and quiet attention in their body language. I added the third figure (left) to create a narrative triangle within the overlapping forms.

The people depicted are friends and family, from left to right: musician OCNotes, a nominee for the 2015 Seattle Stranger Genius Award; Zenobia Taylor, an actor in the Intiman Theater Emerging Artists Program and named "Actor to Watch" by Broadway World; and Conor Gormally, a string bass player in the Garfield High School Symphony Orchestra.

 

Double Solo Portrait

Double Solo Portrait

2016, oil on panel, 14" x 11"

 

Family Portrait Painting Commission

Family Portrait Painting Commission

2015, oil on panel, 20 x 27", private collection

Last Summer

Last Summer

2015, oil on linen, 48" x 60"

This painting focuses on my family in small-town Iowa and their intimacy between multiple generations. The central figure engages outwards, bringing the viewer in to the conversation. With multiple viewpoints and vertical bands breaking up the space, my aim is to create a sense of the passage of time.

Pleaze and Lady M

Pleaze and Lady M

2015, oil on linen, 24" x 30"

This painting is in the exhibition The 2016 CVG Show, Feb 23 - 27, at the Collective Visions Gallery, Bremerton, WA

 

In this painting I was interested in the male-female relationship, the intimacy but discordance, especially the woman’s discontent. I painted figures whose body language, as individuals, are engaged. But the male’s full figure and the woman’s three quarter figure don’t make sense, as if communicating across different dimensions.

 

Young Couple

Young Couple

2015, oil on panel, 24" x 30"

In this painting I depicted a brief slice of time in a relationship, the figures clearly intimate and yet under tension. I was interested in how dividing the space and the individuals with vertical bands of color seemed to make the figures connection more dynamic and yet more divided.

 

Commission Portrait Painting

Commission Portrait Painting

2016, oil on linen, 18 x 24", private collection

Women/Mujeres

Women/Mujeres

2015, oil on panel, 24" x 24"

These two women in my life are stitched together in the painting. Dorothy worked as a riveter in the shipyards of Seattle during WWII. Rosa was born in a poor village in Mexico. She is now a professional chef and has won an episode of ‘Chopped’ on the Food Network.

 

Family Portrait Commission

Family Portrait Commission

2015, oil on panel, 20 x 27", private collection

Sleepwalking

Sleepwalking

2015, oil on linen, 48" x 36"

My large family in Iowa gathers on the front lawn before departures. Groups of brothers and cousins stand in circles telling stories. Then all participate in a ritual goodbye “wave” as each individual departs. The intimate and familial groupings of figures remind me of Giotto’s frescos in the Arena Chapel.

 

Couple on the Sidelines

Couple on the Sidelines

2015, oil on panel, 24" x 36"

Collection of the City of Seattle, Portable Works Collection

Summer

Summer

2015, oil on panel, 24" x 36"

These are overlapping images of a summer’s worth of time spent together with family and friends: visiting with grandmother on the front-stoop in Iowa; my husband and son collaborating on creating a cast foot for my husband's sculpture; connecting with a friend who looks out to engage you.

Style Section

Style Section

2012, oil on panel, 11" x 14"

Generations

Generations

2014, oil on panel, 24" x 36"

Coffee

Coffee

2015, oil on panel, 24 x 36"

$3,700

Guys

Guys

2015, oil on panel, 20" x 24"

Summer Travels

Summer Travels

2015, oil on panel, 19.5" x 27"

By layering the figures over each other my aim was to tie time together, to create a portrait of generations of family spread across different locations and over multiple years. The bands of color were meant to interrupt the figures, an attempt to chase away the stasis of a painting.

 

Birds

Birds

2015, oil on panel, 16" x 20"

Rocking Chair

Rocking Chair

2014, oil on panel, 24" x 20". Private collection. This is a portrait of the artist's mother.