narrative - Reflective of the Pandemic era
SPARK GALLERY | 900 Santa Fe Drive | Denver, Colorado
September 23 - October 17, 2021
ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
"What day is it?” we heard so often in the midst of the pandemic era. We seemed to be swimming in a vast sea with no horizon line in sight - daily schedules faded and life’s passages took another form.
We each found a way to build some sort of structure to replace what we lost. For me, these paintings are the structure that mark my path along the way and delineate time. They are intended to encourage dialogue as we try to make sense of it all.
NOTHING LASTS FOREVER
This painting was done the summer before COVID-19; it reflects my delight of weekly visits to the Denver Botanic Gardens where a delicate vine hanging from a tree captured my attention and became the subject of this painting, My routine went on for weeks until one day I came back to find that the vine had dried up and very little of its structure remained. Little did I know what a prophetic message it offered.
NOTHING LASTS FOREVER, acrylic,mixed media on canvas, 2019
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On March 25, 2020 Colorado Governor Polis issued a stay-at-home mandate. Daily routines such as grocery store shopping became a monumental task. Fear and anxiety shuttered our days as threats of the deadly virus took over. The lightness of Nothing Lasts Forever came to a halt; I became another person and another artist.
ANOTHER PERSON, No. 1, acrylic, mixed media on canvas, 33 x 30", 2020
ANOTHER PERSON, No. 2, acrylic, pressed flower petals, bees nest cells, pastel
on canvas, 30 x 30", 2020
THE FIRST NIGHT I SLEPT – INAUGURATION DAY 2021
The palette integrated into these works captures the stunning attire worn by Jill Biden, Kamala Harris, Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton, the Biden granddaughters and poet Amanda Gorman on Inauguration Day 2021.
THE FIRST NIGHT I SLEPT -INAUGURATION DAY 2021, No, 1,
acrylic, mixed media on canvas, 30 x 24", 2021
THE FIRST NIGHT I SLEPT -INAUGURATION DAY 2021, No, 2,
acrylic, mixed media on canvas, 40 x 30", 2021
In February 2021 I was fully vaccinated and so grateful to the amazing scientists, frontline workers, healthcare workers, and so many others who made the vaccine rollout possible.
IN GRATITUDE, acrylic, pastel on canvas, 36 x 46", 2021