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I love watching personalities emerge from people, plants, buildings... we all reflect light and occupy space.

—Amber, the painter

Portrait of a Young Man #1

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9"x12" acrylic on canvas

This is a portrait of an actor I worked with. He's a unique, dynamic, charismatic and compassionate individual - and I loved this picture of him. 

Eye-bathing: A Self Portrait

9"x12" acrylic on canvas

This is a self portrait. As a human, some days are not so fun. Not only is art therapy, but I hope to show that grieving is necessary - and won't last forever. One can grieve and not lose sight of the future, the eyes just get a little bath.

Calle Venier, Venezia

ORIGINAL

9"x12" acrylic on canvas

Venice is most magical at night after the tourists have reboarded thier cruise ships and the sounds of water lapping in the canals echoes past the ghosts in the walls and streets of centuries past, and they're still alive.

Magical Sunset

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18"x24" acrylic on canvas

This painting is inspired by a photograph of my parents taken in 1958, before they were married. The world around us in unpredictable and also not experienced the same for each person. We find strength in partnership, shared experiences, hope for the future and appreciate the past - watching the sunset.

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Anchored Boat on Tahiti Shore

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22"x28" acrylic on canvas

Tahiti is a magical place. While walking on the shore on what was a rainy day, an anchored boat patiently waited in the calm water. Did it just arrive? Waiting to depart? Waiting for me...?

Portrait of a Young Man #2

ORIGINAL

9"x12" acrylic on canvas

This is a portrait. of a musician I worked with. He is a thought-provoking, enigmatic, talented individual.

The Man, The Legend

ORIGINAL

16"x20" acrylic on canvas

This is a very special portrait of a man/musician/soulmate who's life ended with suicide. He saw this painting in its current state and said how much he liked it, just as it is. He died soon after and this portrait never saw more paint. It is finished in an unfinished state just like the life of its subject.

Peace Road, Dahab

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11"x14" raw pigment oil on canvas

Peace Road is a real street and I know where to find it. Dahab is just north of the famous city Sharm-el-Sheikh in the Sinai peninsula of Egypt. A quiet scuba diving paradise that has not dodged tragedy. Everyone I met (most everyone, people are still human everywhere) in Egypt, not just Dahab, was not only friendly but incredibly giving. People, everyday people.

Joyful Lady

ORIGINAL

9"x12" acrylic on canvas

I love how this woman's joy and effervescence is so infectious. Painting her was an absolute joy.

Jeffrey

ORIGINAL

5"x7" acrylic on canvas board

This is Jeffrey, wearing my sisters tutu. Jeffrey and his family were next door neighbors when my family lived in New Mexico. Jeffrey is mid-50s now, I wonder if he ever took dance classes?

Flower Girl

ORIGINAL

9"x12" acrylic on canvas

This was a commissioned painting for someone who wanted something colorful, possibly floral, and they work with children. I traveled to Tahiti in 2007 and found it to be one of the most vibrant, relaxing, peaceful places I've ever been. The client wanted beauty and one of the best subjects I know to fit all of their criteria is French Polynesia.

The Tower

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36"x48" acrylic on plywood

I did this painting as part of a theatre set, a stained glass window for a church - which is not as it appears. Colorful, lead lines like a SG window, but the subject is more ominous and can't been seen through.

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Oh, Fiddleheads!

ORIGINAL

12"x36" acrylic on canvas

In the beginning of spring fiddleheads coyly sway with the trees and prairie, looking like they're holding onto a secret. And then one day they disappear and attention-seeking ferns fill the place they once occupied.

Mi Burro Amiga

ORIGINAL

6"x8" acrylic on canvas board

Nicaragua is one of my favorite countries to travel to. One can go volcano boarding and surfing in the same day, but it's often overlooked as a travel option by many. On one trip I spent a few weeks volunteering as a dance teacher at a circus school in Granada. One day, a few friends and I were working on a video project at one of their houses. When we opened the front door three donkeys were looking back at us. This donkey, mi burro amiga, was a little more curious than the others and followed us a while.

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This is Not a Urinal

ORIGINAL 

24"x36" acrlic on wood

I think it's funny. A little bathroom art in a similar mindset of "c'est ci nes pas une pipe." It's a picture of a urinal. 

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Resilience

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8"x10" acrylic on canvas

The lotus is an amazing flower. I grows in inhospitable muck and blooms without being pulled down and any mud splashes roll of the leaves. 2020 is has been a year of resilience, finding our inner lotus.

Venetian Escape Alley

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5"x7" acrylic on canvas board

During the day in Venice the streets are chaotic with cruise ship tourists frantically taking pictures, shopping, pushing... It's a challenge to find a place quiet enough to listen to the city, observe interactions of Venetians also avoiding the masses high up in their apartments, talking to each other through windows across courtyards. Their voices echoing down alleys like ghosts still going about their daily business. In my own avoidance of the crowds I turned a corner and saw a surprising scene, silence. An alley so narrow it was a wonderful mystery to see where it went. It was not a dead end, but flet like an escape portal.