Artist's Statement: I remember first hearing the word “poppies” as part of a sleeping spell cast by the Wicked Witch in The Wizard of Oz “Poppies … poppies -- poppies will put them to sleep.” The poppies in this painting have a much happier frame of reference. I found them growing among the weeds in a field in Israel. The field, which had once defensive structures for the military, was soon to become a vineyard. The poppy has a color so vibrant as to stand out wherever the
Artist's Statement: I composed this still life from items purchased in the shuk (open-aired market) in Jerusalem. The influence of Sephardic Judaism and culture is strong in these items. Many similar influences appear in Arab cultures; "Sephardic" refers to Jews who migrated to then welcoming Arab countries when the Romans finally crushed a Jewish rebellion and expelled all Jews from Judea. Oil on Canvas 24 x 19 in My novels are set in a global space and pace. However, I hav
Artist's Statement: Passover begins in two days, on the evening of March 27, 2021. The holiday marks the beginning of a people's travel that lasted 40 years. Of the many messages entwined in the Exodus story, one teaches of our human obligation to take care of "the other" – the stranger, the different. The Jewish people live because the baby Moses survived. The baby survived because of an Egyptian princess – Batyah – rescued, protected him and raised him – all in defiance of
Artist's Statement: The inspiration for this painting is my daughter's work in Panama. She went there alone to take a job at the Smithsonian for one year. To deal with her loneliness from friends and family back in the US, she went to a small spa which had a mud bath. There, in the mud bath, although all the people were strangers to each other, they began to relate, talk, laugh, and joke with one another. These people, of very different shapes, sizes, ethnic backgrounds, and
Artist's Statement: While looking for art supplies during a visit to Beijing, I came across a number of beautiful boxes intended merely to hold a customer's purchase. Each box itself seemed to me a work of art. This painting depicts several of the boxes, together with a set of wood-handled paint brushes (and a silk scarf I bought on the same trip). Oil on Canvas 19 x 25 in If she knew how beautiful love is, she would already put it in a box, seal, and preserve it. So she coul
Artist's Statement: This painting combines objects that originated 1500 miles apart. The two lions come from Thailand, a gift from my daughter. The globes come from China, a gift from a very kind law student in Beijing who showed me around her campus while my husband presented a paper. The lions, which are made of stone, have the center location, while the globes have the brighter colors. Lions sometimes inhabit the darkness. Oil on Canvas 16 x 16 in I think you travel to sea
Artist's Statement: In actuality, this lion is fewer than eight inches tall – it decorates one end of a wooden mantelpiece in a restaurant located in a very old house in Annapolis, Maryland. But in my imagination, and I hope in this painting, the lion is solitary, powerful, and even frightening. Oil on Canvas 16.5 x 13.25 in I think you travel to search and you come back home to find yourself there.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Until the lion tells his side of the story,
Artist's Statement: This painting depicts the large, ornate antechamber of a house of worship, and, like the painting posted last week, is set in Turkey. Globes of light, manifold in an ascending spiral, draw the eye upward, along with one's thoughts and perhaps also the spirit. Oil on Canvas 38.5 x 28 in Travel does what good novelists also do to the life of everyday, placing it like a
picture in a frame or a gem in its setting, so that the intrinsic qualities are made
Artist's Statement: One small, curious cat sitting inside a brown cabinet. A seemingly endless number of folded carpets in a shop in Turkey. I keep waiting for the cat to move. Oil on Canvas 25.5 x 33.5 in The smallest feline is a masterpiece. Leonardo da Vinci The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science. Albert Einstein Living Philosophies I started my own little carpet and upholstery cleaning business. I'
Artist's Statement: This painting is the epitome of "imaginative painting." The oranges, their basket, its labels – are from a Parisian market. The ducklings are from a sketch I made at the Minnesota State Fair. Oil on Canvas 15.5 x 27.5 in Paris is always a good idea.
(in the movie, Sabrina)
A walk about Paris will provide lessons in history, beauty, and in the point of Life.
In Paris they simply stared when I spoke in French; I never did
Artist's Statement: In a time of minimalist breakfasts and the rushing about they connote, here is a blast from the past, a gift to the stomach, and a sign pointing away from the frenetic - a full English breakfast, served in a restaurant/hotel in a small town in Cornwall. Oil on Linen 16 x 20 in Go, eat your bread joyfully and drink your wine with a merry heart, for God has already accepted your deeds. Ecclesiastes 9:7 "When you wake up in the morning, Pooh," said Piglet at
Artist's Statement: At the other end of the day from the breakfast in Tuesday's painting, and across an ocean and a gulf from Cornwall - a dinner of fine oysters served late at night in Mexico City. And an artistic contrast: between the soft waterlines of the oysters and the tough hardness of the shells. Oil on Wood Panel 5 x 5 in - food, glorious food - Oliver musical based loosely on Dickens' Oliver Twist Words to live by and also the number one reason to order oysters righ