My paintings will be in a show exploring nudity. The question to artists was, what does nudity mean to you? For me nudity is when we are at our most unique and vulnerable self. Most people we know don't see us nude so the people who do get this chance are very important to us and a meaningful part of our lives.
The show will run from May 12 to June 6, 2021 and is in the Van Landingham Gallery inside the Torpedo Factory (105 S. Union Street, Alexandria, VA - 3rd floor).
I studied her work for over a year trying to learn to paint portraits delicately and imitate her lyrical style. She was a contemporary of, and exhibited with, Pablo Picasso but was not a Cubist. When I see her work I am most struck by the soft colors and the way she composed her figures so that they look like gentle shapes of color that end up as people (as shown in the link attached below).
I greatly admire artists who remain true to themselves and their style. Marie Laurencin is a reminder to me to express myself through my art, and remain committed to my artistic voice.
My paintings - Passion and Last Embrace - will be on display (and for sale) at Tysons Corner Center in Northern Virginia from April 19 to May 3. They will be on the lower level across from Traveling Players.
They are bookends really - the beginning and end of all great love affairs. In the middle is love, life, and so many experiences (good and bad) that we forget. When I started these paintings I was thinking about couples and relationships but decided to focus on romantic, intimate moments that outsiders don't see. I think the magic of a great relationship is intimacy - connecting with each other and re-connecting after being apart. Intimacy is the glue and without it the relationship falls apart.
Oil - 24x36
Oil - 24x36