Preview of painting from Tiarra Series
One transitional side effect, several years ago, of a move from my spacious studio in the Brooklyn Navy Yard to the ground level of my home in Brooklyn was that the move necessitated creating paintings a little smaller and often a bit more intimate. Previously, I had avoided subjects in my work that have presumed beauty and opted for focusing on the more visually ordinary or banal. But with the upheavel inherent in adjusting to and working in a new space, I found myself embracing what could be a subject matter with built in, even cliche beauty - flower imagery. I began a series of paintings based on documentation of flowers from my urban garden entitled the 'Tiarra Series' (Shown above - Tiarra: Cloud). These paintings led to other flower 'arrangements' including an ongoing Four Season 'bouquet' series (I just completed the first of these paintings, June 2014 - Winter - the making of this painting spanning 3+ years - Spring is next!). These paintings continue in the naturalist vein tweaked into an unnatural but believable context consistent with my previous work, but I allow myself to embrace utter beauty in the execution of these pieces. The work on these paintings had been put aside while I worked on the Hudson River Explorers commission from MTA Arts for Transit and Urban Design for the Metro North station in Tarrytown, NY. That commission is now installed, coming up on 2 years ago, and so the flower paintings have been moving forward. I look forward to showing this body of work when the Four Season group is finished!