Trinity-Self Portrait  1991  oils/canvas 44x52"
Trinity-Self Portrait 1991 oils/canvas 44x52"

Among my first paintings, I painted this during the Persian Gulf crisis in 1991. Black oil and red blood strewn across the canvas became a self portrait with mask, that expanded to include a skeletal figure. I saw it as mother, daughter and holy ghost, discovering in retrospect that centuries before the patriarchal trinity prevailed, a female trinity held the collective’s central position of spiritual strength. 

Body and Soul 1998 oils/canvas 48x60"
Body and Soul 1998 oils/canvas 48x60"

This piece was a culmination of my Ribcage Butterfly series, which responded to considerable changes in our natural environment and our personal lives. Physically it presents layers of our existence. Symbolically, the bones represent what is essential and what remains behind. The pelvis represents creativity, reproduction, fertility, mother earth.

Dreamers#3    2005    oils/canvas    68 x 52"
Dreamers#3 2005 oils/canvas 68 x 52"

Suspended in a dream state, the figures in the Dreamers series are in various stages of cocooning and unwrapping, surrounded by abstracted ribcages. 

Usually working in series, when I employ a reoccurring image, like the ribcage or roses, for example, I choose them for their literal and visual presence, and equally for what they symbolize. I use the ribcage for its butterfly-like shape, and its function as a cage for the heart. Simultaneously, it symbolizes the essential, the bare bones, as well as what remains behind. 

Dreamers #4    2005  oils/canvas   68 x 52"
Dreamers #4 2005 oils/canvas 68 x 52"

Suspended in a dream state, the figures in this series are in various stages of cocooning and unwrapping, surrounded by abstracted ribcages. Begun in 2005, I revisited  the “Dreamers” in 2016-17. 

 Usually working in series, when I employ a reoccurring image, like the ribcage or roses, for example, I choose them for their literal and visual presence, and equally for what they symbolize. I use the ribcage for its butterfly-like shape, and its function as a cage for the heart. Simultaneously, it symbolizes the essential, the bare bones, as well as what remains behind.

Head of Athena  2008  oils/canvas 48 x 54"
Head of Athena 2008 oils/canvas 48 x 54"

From the series that I called, "Our Lady of the Roses," to represent the essence of a divine healing realm, which contains relics of the past, ruins of civilization in counterpoint to nature. The river of roses here are in the form of a female body, behind the head of an Ancient Greek statue. I called this painting, “ Head of Athena,” with a feminist focus, on the Greek myth of Athena, who was born from the head of her father Zeus. Here the focus switches from Zeus to Athena and what sprang from her head.

Protectors   2007  oils/canvas   48x 60"
Protectors 2007 oils/canvas 48x 60"

From the series that I called, "Our Lady of the Roses," to represent the essence of a divine healing realm, which contains relics of the past, ruins of civilization in counterpoint to nature. The cool white masculine figure is based on an Egyptian ram headed god. His fiery red feminine counterpart appeared as the painting progressed.   

Ancient Remains 2008 oils/canvas 48 x 60"
Ancient Remains 2008 oils/canvas 48 x 60"

From the series that I called, "Our Lady of the Roses," to represent the essence of a divine healing realm, which contains relics of the past, ruins of civilization in counterpoint to nature. In this painting a translucent head of an Ancient Roman Sculpture floats or falls among translucent fortunes.

Partially Veiled  2009 oils/canvas  48 x 60"
Partially Veiled 2009 oils/canvas 48 x 60"

Referencing Ancient Greek Sculpture, this is part of the Unveiling Series of paintings, created at a time when the image of veiled women was becoming more visible in our daily lives, continues the dialog of how we are veiled by circumstance, society, religion or fear. We limit and veil ourselves for modesty, mystery and protection. I created this series following my mother’s death. It is dedicated to her.

Unveiling    2009     oils/canvas     48 x 60"
Unveiling 2009 oils/canvas 48 x 60"

Referencing Ancient Greek Sculpture, this series of paintings, created  at a time when the image of veiled women  was becoming more visible in our daily lives, continues the dialog of how we are veiled by circumstance, society, religion or fear. We limit and veil ourselves for modesty, mystery and protection. 

Dreamers #9-unveiling 2017 oils/canvas 54 x 68"
Dreamers #9-unveiling 2017 oils/canvas 54 x 68"

This piece is a synthesis and a culmination of the Dreamers Series of 2005 revisited in 2015-17 and the Unveiling Series of 2009, continuing the images of unwrapping of suspended and transparent figures.

Dreamers #6  2015-16  oils/canvas  68 x 52"
Dreamers #6 2015-16 oils/canvas 68 x 52"

Revisiting and expanding on the 2005 Dreamers Series. The figures’ transparent bodies are drawn with charcoal, so all layers remain visible. This most recent series captures well the synthesis that I intended, of the mediums, themes and images that have pervaded my lifetime of artmaking

Dreamers #8-transparent 2016  oils/canvas 66 x 61"
Dreamers #8-transparent 2016 oils/canvas 66 x 61"

The figure's and the cocoons transparent bodies are drawn with charcoal and with oil pastels, so all layers become visible. I see the cocoons here like wire figures of neon light.

Dreamers #7- cocoons 2016  oils/canvas 66 x 60"
Dreamers #7- cocoons 2016 oils/canvas 66 x 60"

Suspended in a dream state, the figures in the Dreamers series from 2005 as well as the figures in the revisited Dreamers Series of 2016-17, are in various stages of cocooning and unwrapping. This image feels nautical and luminescent.

Bodyscape # 3 (cocoons) 2017  oils/canvas  94 x 52"
Bodyscape # 3 (cocoons) 2017 oils/canvas 94 x 52"

This is a canvas scroll of biomorphic dreamer figures in a continuous procession.

Bodyscape #2 (continents)  2017 oils/canvas  54 x 68"
Bodyscape #2 (continents) 2017 oils/canvas 54 x 68"

The Bodyscapes Series evolved from the last Dreamers paintings, similar, figurative but more organically abstracted, biomorphic. They also appear to be continents on a global map.

Trinity-Self Portrait  1991  oils/canvas 44x52"
Body and Soul 1998 oils/canvas 48x60"
Dreamers#3    2005    oils/canvas    68 x 52"
Dreamers #4    2005  oils/canvas   68 x 52"
Head of Athena  2008  oils/canvas 48 x 54"
Protectors   2007  oils/canvas   48x 60"
Ancient Remains 2008 oils/canvas 48 x 60"
Partially Veiled  2009 oils/canvas  48 x 60"
Unveiling    2009     oils/canvas     48 x 60"
Dreamers #9-unveiling 2017 oils/canvas 54 x 68"
Dreamers #6  2015-16  oils/canvas  68 x 52"
Dreamers #8-transparent 2016  oils/canvas 66 x 61"
Dreamers #7- cocoons 2016  oils/canvas 66 x 60"
Bodyscape # 3 (cocoons) 2017  oils/canvas  94 x 52"
Bodyscape #2 (continents)  2017 oils/canvas  54 x 68"
Trinity-Self Portrait 1991 oils/canvas 44x52"

Among my first paintings, I painted this during the Persian Gulf crisis in 1991. Black oil and red blood strewn across the canvas became a self portrait with mask, that expanded to include a skeletal figure. I saw it as mother, daughter and holy ghost, discovering in retrospect that centuries before the patriarchal trinity prevailed, a female trinity held the collective’s central position of spiritual strength. 

Body and Soul 1998 oils/canvas 48x60"

This piece was a culmination of my Ribcage Butterfly series, which responded to considerable changes in our natural environment and our personal lives. Physically it presents layers of our existence. Symbolically, the bones represent what is essential and what remains behind. The pelvis represents creativity, reproduction, fertility, mother earth.

Dreamers#3 2005 oils/canvas 68 x 52"

Suspended in a dream state, the figures in the Dreamers series are in various stages of cocooning and unwrapping, surrounded by abstracted ribcages. 

Usually working in series, when I employ a reoccurring image, like the ribcage or roses, for example, I choose them for their literal and visual presence, and equally for what they symbolize. I use the ribcage for its butterfly-like shape, and its function as a cage for the heart. Simultaneously, it symbolizes the essential, the bare bones, as well as what remains behind. 

Dreamers #4 2005 oils/canvas 68 x 52"

Suspended in a dream state, the figures in this series are in various stages of cocooning and unwrapping, surrounded by abstracted ribcages. Begun in 2005, I revisited  the “Dreamers” in 2016-17. 

 Usually working in series, when I employ a reoccurring image, like the ribcage or roses, for example, I choose them for their literal and visual presence, and equally for what they symbolize. I use the ribcage for its butterfly-like shape, and its function as a cage for the heart. Simultaneously, it symbolizes the essential, the bare bones, as well as what remains behind.

Head of Athena 2008 oils/canvas 48 x 54"

From the series that I called, "Our Lady of the Roses," to represent the essence of a divine healing realm, which contains relics of the past, ruins of civilization in counterpoint to nature. The river of roses here are in the form of a female body, behind the head of an Ancient Greek statue. I called this painting, “ Head of Athena,” with a feminist focus, on the Greek myth of Athena, who was born from the head of her father Zeus. Here the focus switches from Zeus to Athena and what sprang from her head.

Protectors 2007 oils/canvas 48x 60"

From the series that I called, "Our Lady of the Roses," to represent the essence of a divine healing realm, which contains relics of the past, ruins of civilization in counterpoint to nature. The cool white masculine figure is based on an Egyptian ram headed god. His fiery red feminine counterpart appeared as the painting progressed.   

Ancient Remains 2008 oils/canvas 48 x 60"

From the series that I called, "Our Lady of the Roses," to represent the essence of a divine healing realm, which contains relics of the past, ruins of civilization in counterpoint to nature. In this painting a translucent head of an Ancient Roman Sculpture floats or falls among translucent fortunes.

Partially Veiled 2009 oils/canvas 48 x 60"

Referencing Ancient Greek Sculpture, this is part of the Unveiling Series of paintings, created at a time when the image of veiled women was becoming more visible in our daily lives, continues the dialog of how we are veiled by circumstance, society, religion or fear. We limit and veil ourselves for modesty, mystery and protection. I created this series following my mother’s death. It is dedicated to her.

Unveiling 2009 oils/canvas 48 x 60"

Referencing Ancient Greek Sculpture, this series of paintings, created  at a time when the image of veiled women  was becoming more visible in our daily lives, continues the dialog of how we are veiled by circumstance, society, religion or fear. We limit and veil ourselves for modesty, mystery and protection. 

Dreamers #9-unveiling 2017 oils/canvas 54 x 68"

This piece is a synthesis and a culmination of the Dreamers Series of 2005 revisited in 2015-17 and the Unveiling Series of 2009, continuing the images of unwrapping of suspended and transparent figures.

Dreamers #6 2015-16 oils/canvas 68 x 52"

Revisiting and expanding on the 2005 Dreamers Series. The figures’ transparent bodies are drawn with charcoal, so all layers remain visible. This most recent series captures well the synthesis that I intended, of the mediums, themes and images that have pervaded my lifetime of artmaking

Dreamers #8-transparent 2016 oils/canvas 66 x 61"

The figure's and the cocoons transparent bodies are drawn with charcoal and with oil pastels, so all layers become visible. I see the cocoons here like wire figures of neon light.

Dreamers #7- cocoons 2016 oils/canvas 66 x 60"

Suspended in a dream state, the figures in the Dreamers series from 2005 as well as the figures in the revisited Dreamers Series of 2016-17, are in various stages of cocooning and unwrapping. This image feels nautical and luminescent.

Bodyscape # 3 (cocoons) 2017 oils/canvas 94 x 52"

This is a canvas scroll of biomorphic dreamer figures in a continuous procession.

Bodyscape #2 (continents) 2017 oils/canvas 54 x 68"

The Bodyscapes Series evolved from the last Dreamers paintings, similar, figurative but more organically abstracted, biomorphic. They also appear to be continents on a global map.

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