Painting Crossroads

October 2022

As I write this letter, I am excited to be preparing for my return to Naples after Hurricane Ian interrupted all of our lives.

Left: "Crossroads" 60 x 60 acrylic on canvas

After a summer in Bay Harbor, I’m ready to be back home.

Nine new paintings have been shipped and will be exhibited in Naples when the gallery reopens in mid-November. It’s always a little sad to say goodbye, but I’m ready to hit the ground running in Florida.

One of my new paintings is “Crossroads.” In the painting, I decided to marry abstract strokes of color inside the figure of a girl. The intent was to convey layers of experience translated into layers of colors.

Above: I loaded my brush and palette knives with blues, turquoise, olive green, and corals.

Above: Carefree but energetic paint was applied with no structure.

I removed negative space to allow the girl to emerge. You can see the abstract painting in her face, arms and dress. Drips and splotches of color convey her spirit, primitive and overflowing.

“Crossroads” came together in a satisfying and real way. It sold to a collector in Michigan and is now hanging in their home.

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