I think of these as ‘states of being’ paintings rather than self-portraits, the artist being immersed in a state of being that shines through the work, whether there are recognizable figurative elements or not. Is it a state of mind? A state of being or way of being is not necessarily a state of mind. They are how we find ourselves and show ourselves- as mothers, fathers, women, men, artists, survivors, and humans above all else. Perhaps all the work, whether heavily textured portraits or atmospheric fields of color, or text based paintings qualify as states of being work as each "serves as a window into how the artist is making sense out of his or her existence as a human being at the time of the creative act." (R. Stolorow)
many ways to see 2014 oil on canvas 48x48 inches
radiant dust 2014 oil on canvas 40x40 inches
the second time it rained and the canopy filled with water, 2015 oil on canvas, 40x36 inches
sometimes you look like flowers, 2015 oil on canvas 24x18 inches
this and no other 2014, oil on canvas, 30x24 inches
all in around and through, 2014, oil on canvas, 60x60 inches
fertile mind 2014 oil on canvas 40x36 inches
lavender/drought conditions, 2014 oil on canvas 14x11 inches
wisteria and broken pots, 2014 oil on linen, 12x12 inches
mariposa, 2014 oil on canvas 10x8 inches
throttle 2014 oil on canvas 14x11 inches
monarch, 2014 oil on canvas 14x11 inches
there's a secret in every corner 2014 oil on canvas 16x20 inches
painting in the yard while kristin paints a hole, 2014 oil on linen, 14x11 inches
broken brushes 2014 oil on linen, 12x12 inches
come back to me, 2013 oil on canvas 24x20 inches
uproot-unroot, 2013 oil on linen, 14x11 inches
little drop of sunlight, 2013 oil on linen, 14x11 inches
still life with fingers and superman logo, 2012 oil on linen, 11x14"
after the visit, 2011 oil on canvas, 20x20 inches
out of there, 2013 oil on linen 20x16"
studio with lucky charms, 2011 oil on canvas, 24x18"
this is the shape of the heart and the mind, 2012 oil on linen, 14x11"
woman with red hair and blue dress, 2012 oil on linen, 14x11"