Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures. ~Henry Ward Beecher
A friend recently challenged me to feature an artwork a day on Facebook. Well, as I am going through my images of previous work and looking at how I want to group them for a new website I am building. I decided to focus on clusters of art rather than one single work.
The first post is of my Visions of Paradise series completed between 1988-1992. They were my alternative reality to urban living with all the anger and violence swirling in the air outside my window. I made a conscious choice to focus on the positive and the beautiful. This series was well received, and was featured in books and magazine articles and a few of these pieces are now in the Museum of Fine Art Boston.
In 1992 I went off to graduate school in Seattle. That same year I was diagnosed with cancer again. My work turned from the exterior landscape to the interior.
Much of this work has also sold,some to private collectors and the rest to a university oncology department. The work allowed me to process, analyze and accept that cancer would be an ongoing problem in my life. I would never be fully rid of it. Basically at the root of this series was the fragility of the human condition and all the fears and anxieties that go along with it.
I continued on this same track but delved deeper into microbiology.This collection began with a grant. I wanted to show at the International Museum of Surgical Science. As I wrote the grant the story of a young Victorian woman developed. She was interested in medicine, but relegated to only the girly arts of embroidery and knitting. So while she embroidered patterns of femurs and leucocytes developed. Her sweaters were non functional and display the tumor they were intended to cover.