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Opening this weekend: Interactive


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Panel 175, featuring Discovery, Tenderness, and Fruition

 

I’m delighted to have three new paintings included in Interactive, presented by the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition (BWAC), opening this weekend! Aromatherapy boxes augment the multisensory experience of the paintings in this series by evoking the memories, psychological associations, and subconscious effects of therapeutic-grade essential oils paired with corresponding images.

 


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Visitors are invited to breathe in the space above the box to experience the painting in conjunction with the scent. As part of the new Reminiscent series, I chose a series of essential oils that created an aromatherapeutic journey echoing the shifting energetic focus of three particularly significant inflection points in a person’s life.

 


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Discovery – rosemary essential oil

Rosemary essential oil is used for refreshment, rejuvenation, and stimulating the flow of the conscious mind. This heightened alertness is paired with Fibonacci spirals in an image of discovering one’s connectedness and place in the natural world.

 


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Tenderness – jasmine essential oil

The fresh floral scent of jasmine evokes the exquisite, intoxicating delicacy of first kisses and falling in love in an image of the opening of infinite new possibilities from tender buds.

 


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Fruition – cedarwood essential oil

A scent of fertility and abundance, cedarwood is associated with wisdom and beauty. This image explores plans and dreams in a life gathered together, a romantic love blooming to its fullness.

 


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The wood of the accompanying boxes acts as an aromatherapy diffuser, allowing the essential oils to travel through holes in the lid to create a fragrant and evocative space around the painting.

 


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Inside the box are soy wax and cotton pads impregnated with pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils. The box interiors have also been rubbed with scented wax and hot oil to enhance the aromatherapeutic experience.

 

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Interactive is on view every weekend September 23 through October 15, 1-6pm with an opening reception this Saturday and performances every weekend.

 

481 Van Brunt Street, Door 7
Red Hoook, Brooklyn (view map)
www.bwac.org

 

In addition to Interactive, BWAC is also hosting Material Matters, a juried exhibit of clay, glass, and wood; Grand Installations, a pop-up photo exhibit, and the Really Affordable Art $how, so there is truly something for everyone. I hope to see you there!

 


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Opening This Weekend: Palette Unlimited


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Panel 218, featuring The Presentation of Self, Completely, and Fervent

 

I’m delighted to have seven paintings included in Palette Unlimited, presented by the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition (BWAC), opening this weekend!

 


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Panel 247: Echoes from the Sea, Fell In Love with a Sailor, Whispered By a Mermaid, Hydroelectric

 

I thought about the places where my imagination is the freest and most expansive, and I realized I feel most alive when entranced by the mysteries and curiosities of the garden and the sea. Using the vulnerability and resilience of these environments as parallels for the interior of the mind and heart, these paintings explore themes of protection, reconciliation, healing, and sublimation. This work has never been exhibited in public before, and I am pleased to include three new pieces made this summer.

 


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(One of my panels is very conveniently located right next to the performance lounge and refreshments.)

 

Palette Unlimited is on view every weekend July 29 through August 20, 1-6pm with an opening reception this Saturday and performances every weekend.

 

481 Van Brunt Street, Door 7
Red Hoook, Brooklyn (view map)
www.bwac.org

 

I am consistently amazed by the quality and originality of art shown at the BWAC pier shows. It truly is an honor to show along with such lovely, wildly creative people, and Palette Unlimited looks to be just stellar. Hope to see you there!

 


Exhibition announcement: The Nature of Being

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I’m delighted to announce my first solo exhibition in Manhattan will be presented by chashama!

 

The Nature of Being
July 20-August 12, 2017
Opening Reception Thursday, July 20, 6-9pm

 

485 Madison Avenue, South Gallery, New York, NY (map)
Gallery hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 11am-8pm

 

An exhibition of new organic abstract oil paintings that examine what ecology and natural order can teach us about being more human.

 

I hope you will join me for the reception (there will be Prosecco and cookies!) or come by the gallery during its open hours to say hello and see my newest work.

 


Closing Weekend for BWAC spring pier shows

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This weekend is your last chance to view the spectacular spring shows presented by the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coaltion (BWAC). Check out the historic pier on the Red Hook waterfront, packed with an extraordinary variety of art on two floors in three shows: Rites of Spring / Recycle 2017 / Wide Open 8, plus the “Really-Really Affordable Art Salon.”

 

481 Van Brunt Street, Door 7, Red Hook, Brooklyn (view map)
June 17-18, 1-6pm
www.bwac.org

 

With performances both days and a closing auction beginning at 4pm on Sunday, you have lots of chances to discover new art and meet great people. I’ll be there Sunday – hope to see you there!

 


Universal Love

 

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Universal Love, 2017, 11″x14″, permanent marker on paper

 

In honor of the lives lost at the Pulse nightclub shooting, the 50th anniversary of Loving Day, and the ongoing fight for equality and LGBTIQ rights worldwide, I’ve added this drawing to my charitable giving initiative.

 

25% of the sale price of 11″x14″ prints of this drawing will be donated to the buyer’s choice of OutRight Action International (formerly known as the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission) and / or the ACLU.

 

This piece is inspired by love in all its forms, part of a series of marker drawings I’ve been working on lately exploring energy, geometry, and how we visualize and symbolize the forces that drive us. (I’ll do my best to get photos of the others up soon).

 

You can buy prints here in the Shop.