Contemplating Persephone 1 & 2
Acrylic on Canvas
60 x 96 x 1.5"
A modern-ish take on the ancient Greek story of Hades, King of the Underworld, and Persephone, Goddess of Spring and Summer. Here Hades, with some help, plots to snatch the sprightly goddess from the flora and fauna of her earthly fields, then ply her with pomegranate seeds & make her his queen.
I am a writer who paints and a painter who writes. I call my visual art narrative art, because it reflects stories in my head. The subjects that interest me are mythical, topical, family, acquaintances-- human, or not. I rarely paint from life, with the exception of commissioned portraits. Even then, I take liberties.
My medium is almost always acrylic with maybe a dash of pencil or crayon because the dry time is short, and the painter is impatient. The painter also loves color. You'll see that.
I'm a University of Richmond graduate, class of 1972, with majors in French and Italian and a minor in Education. I taughtin school French, Spanish, Art, Science. I worked in retail as a trainer, fashion director, store manager, buyer. I worked in theater - marketing, PR, set design, costume design. I worked in advertising - writer, producer, creative director. I opened a gallery in Richmond called Mambo and sold painting, sculpture, metalcraft and beadwork by amazing Haitian artists.?
That hodge-podge of experience shows up in how I think and what I paint.
My work has been shown and sold in galleries and shows in South Florida, Western North Carolina and RVA.