Artist's Statement: This series of paintings of the odd, the curious, and the strange, shows items I came across in two curiosity shops in an historic district in Tampa, Florida. The elf is a weird, ambiguous creature –– sometimes, on the side of the general good, as at the North Pole or in The Lord Of The Rings; often, as in much folklore, a devious character, intent on harming or at least confusing humans. The elf in this painting reflects both possibilities. Dressed in pin
Artist's Statement: This series of paintings of the odd, the curious, and the strange, shows items I came across in two curiosity shops in an historic district in Tampa, Florida. A hat with a matching feather atop a hat stand which also displays an intricate necklace and an elaborate mask. The hat and its plume resonate in color with the adjacent velvet bow. In contrast with earlier postings, in this painting the stand performs its usual, mere supporting function. It is the e
Artist's Statement: This series of paintings of the odd, the curious, and the strange, shows items I came across in two curiosity shops in an historic district in Tampa, Florida. An enchanting image –– a beautiful doll: captivating eyes, a long and graceful neck, an elegant hat as an accessory. What is odd or curious here? The doll is not a doll; it is a hat stand. In the real world, the hat would be the centerpiece. Oil on Canvas 10 x 10 in I like you; your eyes are full
Artist's Statement: This series of paintings of the odd, the curious, and the strange, shows items I came across in two curiosity shops in a historic district in Tampa, Florida. At first glance, the main elements in this painting seem beautiful but otherwise ordinary –– a hat, a box, and a stand to display the hat. But the stand comprises and elegant face and graceful neck, the box is curved and beaded, and the hat presents vivid and rich colors in a fanciful shape. Oil on Pa
Oil on Belgian Linen 30 x 24 in Very comforting a seascape.
It was eternal, and completely unaffected by humans
and human wars and human cruelty.
Kerry Greenwood Murder and Mendelssohn, Chapter 7 (Phryne Fisher Mysteries) "Doesn't it seem to you," asked Madame Bovary,
"that the mind moves more freely in the presence of that boundless expanse, that the sight of it elevates the soul and gives rise to thoughts of the infinite and the ideal?"
Gustave Flaubert Madame Bovary Art
Walk Along a Florida Beach 33 x 43.5 in The sea is a desert of waves, a wilderness of water. Langston Hughes poet, playwright essential contributor to the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under the trees on a summer's day, listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the blue sky, is by no means waste of time. John Lubbock 1st Baron Avebury The Use of Life (1894), ch. IV: Recreation You can't trus
Fish Oil on Canvas If a cat is a diagram and pattern of subtle air, then a fish is the movement of water embodied, given shape.* Doris Lessing 2007 Nobel Prize Laureate (Literature) * paraphrased to reverse the sequence Many … go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after. Henry David Thoreau Calling fishing a hobby is like calling brain surgery a job. Paul Schullery contemporary conservationist, writer, and scholar Swimming Lionfish 31.5 x
In respect of Mother's Day Miriam Comforting Yocheved Oil on Belgian Linen Work in Progress Love is unselfishly choosing for another's highest good. CS Lewis If there are any heavens my mother will (all by herself) have one it will not be a pansy heaven nor a fragile heaven of lilies-of-the-valley but it will be a heaven of blackred roses ee Cummings God could not be everywhere, and therefore (God) made mothers. Rudyard Kipling Egyptian Princess Oil on Canvass 28 x 22 in Art
Oil on Wood Panel “If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went.” Will Rogers American entertainer, early 20th century master of homespun humor, pithy social commentary, and the political one-liner Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole. Roger Caras wildlife photographer, writer, wildlife preservationist, TV reporter sometime A.S.P.C.A. president and announcer for the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show Anybody who doesn't know
Oil on Canvas 30 x 20 in I find the great thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving: To reach the port of heaven, we must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it - but we must sail, and not drift, nor lie at anchor. Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. I'm not afraid of storms, for I'm learning how to sail my ship. Louisa May Alcott “I can't control the wind but I can adjust the sail.” Ricky Skaggs (singer, songwriter) Art as a