California Bird Series: Evening Plumage
A part of the California Bird Series. This picture is evening plumage. Dandy, preening and all around something else. This bird is really something!
Pursuit is a sometimes necessary part of the game of romance. In my imagination we all have antennae-like receptors at the top of our heads that jangle with excitement when they are stimulated. In this picture the young man pursues the young lady, audibly trying to attract her attention.
Melodramatic Landscape: The Art of Knowing
What does it take to meet an eligible young woman? How is she protected? Here is a landscape of the damsel, barriers and protectors guarding her, but sought by a persevering and dashing young man.
California Jazz: Warm and Hot, Cool and Blue
Jazz is warm and hot cool and blue. The dazzling sounds and moods set by the instruments tickle the senses and jangle our mind. A special satisfaction is in the air.
Feminine Mystique: Oil Stains on Unprimed Canvas
This picture is painted on unprimed canvas. That means it drinks-in more color and paint than primed canvas. When I was a sophomore in college, I took great pleasure in observing the rapid maturity of freshman women as they transitioned from being unwise and unsophisticated young girls to becoming wiser and more sophisticated young women in the course of one or two semesters. Thus, painting this canvas reminded me of that phenomenon.
The dancer is free, floating and abstract. Her fluidity is characteristic of her freedom.
Los Angeles is the home of Hollywood. "Hollywood Cool" is a picture of the Hollywood mogul (think of Michael Ozitz in his heyday) who is spawning stars and starlets, is himself on a precipice and yet manages to bedazzle all around him. A bit of a dandy, powerful and self-assured. This is an abstraction of an actual person.
Keeping My Head Above the Water
During the worst economic times, and trying to survive as an artist, it was hard to keep my head above the water. This is my abstraction of that feeling.
California People (framed)
Oil on Canvas - 50” X 34”. Framed.
Multiculturalism is a theme I come back to often. I believe that it is a force and influence within California, that makes our life more enriched and different from many other parts of American society. "Light", "freedom" and "multiculturalism" are three major influences in my art and my life. Here "California People" demonstrates all three in one image.