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Journey
North #3, "Ride"
15 x 28 3/8 inches, oil on paper, laminated on board, 2011
 
One of eleven paintings created for the MTA Arts for Transit commission for Metro-north Railroad in Tarrytown, NY
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Journey
Carousel  72" x 60"  oil on linen  2009 *

Journey
Constellation  76" x 45"  oil on linen  2008 *

Journey
Choker  19" x 29"  oil on linen  2008

Journey
Big Water   45" x 76"  oil on linen  2006

Ivy
Ivy   60" x 72"  oil on linen  2007 *

Grove
Grove   40" x 70"  oil on linen  2007 *

Ice
Ice   15" x 27"  oil on linen  2007

Tutu
Tutu  66" x 46"  oil on linen  2005

Tow
Tow  12" x 40"  oil on paper mounted on board

Disunite
Disunite  12" x 40"  oil on paper mounted on board

Long Splice
Long Splice   12" x 40"  oil on paper mounted on board

Lift
Lift  26" x 45"  oil on linen

Gold
Gold  30" x 19"  oil on linen *

Swallowtail
Swallowtail  19" x 30"  oil on linen *

Flicker with Companion
Flicker with Companion  20" x 15"  oil on linen

Bluejay Flicker and Guardian
Bluejay Flicker and Guardian  16" x 20"  oil on linen

Warren Lake
Warren Lake  62" x 89"  oil on linen *

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artist statement
technique
professional overview

I have always been awed and inspired by the mystery and amorality of nature. My paintings deal with carefully selected subjects from my observations, visions, and experiences with the natural world. In the most recent decade, creatures living and dead, have entered into my images. Birds, butterflies, insects, and mammals have become part of the scenes that haunt my thoughts. I investigate the kinship between my envisioned nature and its inhabitants and their physical and spiritual machinations and intrigues. I see the natural world filled with both unconscious and symbolic rituals and phenomena. My paintings are meant to give insight into this often unseen world and a heightened awareness that challenges our assumptions about the world around us. The images in my paintings are surreal, yet firmly based in naturalism. The flora and fauna described in my paintings create a liaison between our natural world and our human world and imply a kinship to the human experience.

I paint with thin oil glazes, directly applied, layer upon layer onto a stretched linen ground. Even though this is a slow and sometimes tedious method, I have found this technique to be a good way to work as it allows me to effectively translate my subjects and physically construct the elements in my paintings, adjusting and building the images, giving veracity to what might otherwise be conceived of as unbelievable content. Oil glazing tends to create a mirror-like surface that can produce a luminous depth and at the same time shows the history of the making in the surface of the painting - a plastic effect that allows a painting to engage the viewer in an abstract and formal way upon close inspection.

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Recent awards include the Basil H.Alkazzi Award For Excellence in Painting in 2012 and a commission in 2010 from MTA, Arts for Transit. Sears' work has been exhibited in solo exhibitions at the Hudson River Museum (Yonkers, NY), Kenise Barnes Fine Art (Larchmont, NY), Metaphor Contemporary Art (Brooklyn, NY), Joyce Goldstein Gallery (Chatham, NY), Ruth Siegel Gallery (New York City), Anderson Gallery (Richmond, Va.), and Richmond Artist's Workshop (Richmond, Va.) and a two person exhibition at Tria Gallery (NYC - Chelsea). Group exhibitions include ROCA (Nyack, NY), Central Booking (Brooklyn, NY), Art Gate Gallery (NYC-Chelsea), Art in Embassies Program, U.S. Department of State, Tel Aviv from 2006-08, multiple shows at Metaphor Contemporary Art (Brooklyn, N.Y.), Wave Hill Glyndor Gallery (Bronx, NY), Joyce Goldstein Gallery (Chatham, NY), Edward Hopper House (Nyack, NY), Kenise Barnes Fine Art (Larchmont, NY), The Gallery at Pfizer Learning Center (Rye Brook, NY), Bergen Museum of Art and Science (Paramus, N.J.), Marymount Manhattan Gallery (New York City), Ruth Siegel Gallery (New York City), Churchman Fehsenfeld Gallery (Indianapolis, Ind.), Herron Gallery (Indianapolis, Ind.), Virginia Museum of Fine Art (Richmond, Va.), Fayerweather Gallery (Charlottesville, Va.), and A.R.T.S. Gallery (New York City). In addition to being awarded the Basil Alkazzi Award for Excellence in Painting, Sears has been a three time recipient of a fellowship from Virginia Center for the Arts (VCCA) and her work is in the collections of the Hudson River Museum, New Jersey State Museum, Trenton, Bank of America, Sidney and Frances Lewis of Richmond, Va., American Telephone and Telegraphy, Illinois and numerous private collections. Sears has lived and worked in Brooklyn, NY since 1985.

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Little Birds
Little Birds   74" x 35"  oil on linen  2006

Overlook
Overlook  28" x 40"  oil on linen *

Tattoo
Tattoo  50" x 52"  oil on linen

Circus
Circus  36" x 26"  oil on linen *

Treasure
Treasure  56" x 50"  oil on linen

Nightfall
Nightfall  30" x 19"  oil on linen *

Moth
Moth  30" x 20"  oil on linen

Flicker
Flicker  16" x 20"  oil on linen

Hoops
Hoops  6 1/2" x 19 1/2"
watercolor on paper

Tree Inside
Tree Inside   6 1/2" x 19 1/2"
watercolor on paper  *

Stretch
Stretch  6" x 14"  watercolor on paper

Stack
Stack  10 ½" x 6 ¾"  watercolor on paper *

Float
Float  7 ½" x 7 ¼"  watercolor on paper

Hover
Hover  16 ½" x 9 ¼"  watercolor on paper

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