ABOUT MY WORK

I love fashion and often feature it in my work.  In fact the tag line on my Website is “Fashion Illustration Meets Fine Art.”

I grew up sketching the covers of my mother’s fashion magazines and I wanted to be a fashion illustrator.

Fashion is very personal for me.  Getting dressed is a creative process and the paintings are an extension of that.

My painting style is very intuitive.  I paint a la prima, wet on wet, and I like the look to be a little unfinished.  I think it’s more interesting when you can see process.  I never want to perfectly represent reality.  That’s what photos are for.

I’m not painting a portrait per se.  In these paintings my goal was never to try to capture the features of a particular model.  In many cases, I’m not even showing the face, or it’s obscured.  For the (relatively rare) works where I do show the face, I’ve idealized the features.  Because I want the painting to be more about a mood than a person.

 

REFLECTIVE LENSES SERIES

The series is a riff on sunglasses as a graphic element and element of style.

Graphically, I think sunglasses are interesting and the play between the angles of the lenses and the angles of the face is interesting to me as a painter.

On a more emotional level level, I like painting sunglasses because they conceal identity while also creating a mood.  This may be joyful, edgy, aloof, glamorous, or something else.  Besides the fashion element the painting can evoke a feeling. 

There's also an element of mystery and fun to these paintings that I feel creates engagement with the viewer.  Because the subject's identity is obscured by glasses, you cannot be sure who she is. And she can be different people. The viewer can “complete” the face.  

Tiffany

One of the first in my Reflective Lenses series, the cool blonde model projects somewhat ambiguous emotion.  The two tone graphic background frames the figure and adds dimension to the piece.

Tom Ford

A rare horizontally oriented painting from the Reflective Lenses series, the painting features a Downtown Girl, an edgy brunette with attitude, rendered in lush purple and brown tones.

Lemony Crickett

This is one of the most vibrant pieces in the series and most beloved on social media.  The color palette of bright yellows and greens evokes warmth, energy, fun. 

Roberta

Roberta is all attitude.  Her daisy sunglasses and embellished frock don’t diminish her powerful presence.  I painted her with a “halo” around the figure to signify strength and add dimension to the piece.

Audra

This is an unabashedly feminine piece.  An Audrey Hepburn-like muse with daisy encrusted sunglasses and jacket leans in to the viewer.

Chanel

Largediptych portrays angelic models in embellished glasses. Hushed background tones make models pop off the canvas.  Displayed separately or together, they make a statement.  May be purchased together or individually.

 

EMBELLISHED SERIES

This series was inspired by the trend of maximalism in fashion today.  That is, clothes and accessories with embroidery, lace, flowers, feathers, and even jewels. 

I have been collecting images of these fashion photographs from magazines and catalogs and they are my reference materials for the paintings. 

The clothes, headpieces, and other accessories are beautiful and fun to paint.  Besides that, I think the fashions – the looks --  have a quality that is both of the moment and timeless.

Daisy

Daisy evokes a bygone era, the 20s or 30s, I think.  The painting was named not for the flowers depicted in the work (which are actually NOT daisies), but rather for the character Daisy, in The Great Gatsby.

Daisy is one of my personal favorites.  I like the limited pallet and think it evokes both elegance and sophistication – as well innocence and playfulness. 

Belle

Belle is one of my most popular paintings.

I think part of the popularity of Belle is the back view.  You have no idea who the person is.  It could be anyone.  Maybe it’s you.  Maybe it’s your girlfriend, etc.  You imagine the features and the identity.  There’s an element of mystery!

Belle is a painting over a painting.  If you x-rayed it, you’d find a completely different subject underneath.  It could even be a cow!

Jasmine

Jasmine is a portrait sketch that was inspired by a fashion photograph.  While the clothes and jewels are are similar to the photo, I completely changed the model’s features so she looks very young.

Even though she’s so young, her impression is serene and she has a regal bearing.  I liked the juxtaposition of the innocent face and demeanor with the sophisticated hair and jewels.

Dolce Vita

This painting named for the crown princes of maximalism, Dolce and Gabbana, who provided lots of inspiration for my Embellished series.  In fact, I painted Dolce and Gabbana mini portraits (and in this case they were portraits – actually likenesses) just before I did this painting.

This piece is about fun --  big glasses and big smile.  Generally, my paintings have a somewhat sketchy and unfinished quality to them – they’ve been described as “kinetic” -- and in this one that is particularly the case. 

Ginny

I named this painting after Ginevra de’ Binci.  Embellishment being both timely and timeless, the pose, serene gaze, and elegant attire of the subject, reminded me a little of the Leonardo portrait, but reimagined for the 21st century.

I especially enjoyed painting the headpiece and the dress.  For this piece I really designed the garment as I was painting it!

Fleur

If I didn’t paint people, I might paint flowers.  Fleur combines figurative painting and a floral motif.

I carried the flowers of the headpiece into the dress and rather than making it a floral print, created more of a 3d effect so the model seems to be surrounded by, actually floating in, roses.

This piece has a particularly “timeless” feel to it and I think it would look great in any setting from a  more traditional room to a more contemporary setting.

Queen of Hearts

This piece is loosely based on photo that appeared in a fashion magazine, and looked to me more like a very traditional portrait – with a twist.  It was described as both “timeless and modern,” which is what I wanted to capture with the series.

The profile view along with the embellished jacket, with a metallic heart motif, call to mind a playing card come to life.  Hence the name.  Some people have described the subject as mean, but I prefer to think of her as fierce!

Rose

The Embellished series is about rich texture and color.  This painting in particular was an exploration of a favorite color theme – reds, pinks and turquoise.

It’s also one of the few paintings in the series with detail of the subject’s face.  Her expression is intentionally thoughtful and a big ambiguous -- so it’s open to interpretation!