I am a classically trained artist whose work has been shown at The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Rental Gallery, The American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters in NYC as part of an Allied Artists of America exhibit, and Windsor Gallery in Miami, Florida. I used to paint for for the San Francisco Opera, ACT, The San Francisco Ballet, and movies that came to town. I am classically trained and this shows in my work.
My recent work flies in the face of the typical art-school-taught discourse. Instead of telling my story as the artist through the image, I provide a path for anyone to connect to the images without the fear of sounding stupid. Instead of the top-down model where artists talk about themselves and their interpretation. I provide a flat model where all interpretations are valid and welcomed. The viewer is free to weave stories around the relationships and characters in the image. I’m working to inspire new myths and new fables. I provide windows that look into parts of scenes so the viewer can complete the picture. I don’t create a filter through which the viewer must see the painting.
In this world of social media and tv where people are watching others’ stories, I provide a safe path for inspiration of the imagination, thus making the work personal for the viewer because the story is theirs (not mine). In my narrative, there is no wrong answer. This makes the art more accessible. The viewer can make the story shown in the painting his or her own.
I use bright colors and dramatic images to draw in the viewer. The work is based on classical poses so it is familiar to the audience, thus making it friendlier. The art world can be judgmental; I want to provide a safe experience. The canvas tells me a story when I paint but I give the work an abstract name so there is no prescriptive title or clue about the meaning of the piece.
The Window Series – An Inspiration For The Imagination is my first venture into the way I create art these days. For example: When I drew in Window 1, I didn’t know she was pregnant, had a tattoo or a lizard. Window 9 started out as an innocent kiss but turned into something much more provocative. I provide only part of the scene, just as a window pane does, so you can create your own story and complete the picture.
The New Fable and New Mythology series are similar to the Window series in execution but not content. I encourage you to make up a new myth or a new fable based on the image. Make it relevant to the world we live in.
My paintings are large and the archival-quality prints can be actual size or scaled down. You may also order custom sizes — just reach out for pricing. I offer free crating, shipping, and insurance on everything.
If you would like to commission a work, please contact me.
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Galleries and Exhibits
- Allied Artist of America juried exhibition at The American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, NYC – competition runner up “Cat in the Stairwell” – group show -1980
- San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Rental Gallery – Marian Parmenter curator – Various paintings – all sold – 1988 – 1990
- Windsor Gallery, Miami, Florida – still life exhibit – group show – 1987
- The Virginia Inn, Seattle – Patrice Demombynes curator – “The Window Series – An Inspiration for the Imagination” – solo show – 2017
- 1340Art – represented in the online gallery and featured in the magazine – “Red Spring,” “Window 11,” “New Mythology 3” – 2017
Theater, Opera, TV, Movies
- Painted San Francisco Opera backdrops and scenery; onstage touchup of traveling sets – Journeyman Scenic Artist
- American Conservatory Theater: In-house productions and traveling shows – Journeyman Scenic Artist
- TV Commercials – Journeyman Scenic Artist
- Bill Graham presents – Scenic Artist
- Movies: Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Escape from Alcatraz, made-for-TV movies, commercials – Scenic Artist
- Westport Country Playhouse – Westport, Connecticut – Assistant Designer
- Studio and Forum of Stage Design, New York, New York – Assistant to the Designer
Murals and Faux Finishes
- Private residences in the SF Bay and Puget Sound Areas – various themes 1987 – 2017
- Pediatric surgeon’s office in Spokane, WA – underwater mural 16’ x 6’ – 1998
▪ University of California, Santa Cruz – Art
▪ Studio and Forum of Stage Design, New York City