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Golden Feeling
acrylic, fabric and pigment on canvas
20 x 16"
2017
Divine
acrylic and pigment on canvas
20 x 16"
2017
Palmetto Queen
acrylic on canvas
20 x 16"
2017
Shells, paint and brushes
acrylic on canvas
20 x16"
2017
Midnight Swim
acrylic on canvas
20 x 16"
2017
Mer-Mar
acrylic on canvas
20 x 16"
2017
Apollo Beach
acrylic on canvas
16 x 20""
2017
Carry Me
acrylic on canvas
16 x 20"
2017
Sun Mask
acrylic on canvas
10 x 10"
2017
I'll Let You Pick the Music
acrylic on canvas
8 x 10"
2017
Venus at Sunrise
acrylic on canvas
16 x 12"
2017

I look to the natural world of plants, trees, and bodies of water for moments of peace and cosmic connection. Traveling to Florida for the first time this year, I reference imagery of beach culture, figures in swimsuits and palmetto plants that appear in the native surroundings. These natural elements synthesize with teachings from my childhood involvement with the Catholic Church, prayer cards, catholic imagery and iconography. This invented mythology shows a mermaid who is the Virgin Mary, women in bikinis beholding a golden aura of a saint, a speedo wearing man with a halo and golden face while casually proclaiming a political revolution. Palmetto plants become figurative and dance along the beach, beaming sunshine, celebrating human existence and the ability to behold the divine of the here and now, through nature and nurture within a tropical Eden. These paintings speak of earthly transcendent spaces and experiences that heal and regenerate our being while celebrating the joy of our momentary existence.