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paintings :: antiquities series

Our art history begins with objects that were made to be used. My 2-D mixed media paintings are an homage to the unknown makers (our ancestors) of textiles, utilitarian and ceremonial objects, and sculpture from many cultures and from thousands of years of art making. In an attempt to portray the innate power and beauty of objects made by hand, I also attempt to acquaint the viewer with traditional cultures that used and still make and use hand-crafted items in their lives. Whenever possible, I carefully note the people, places, and times that the objects were created.

The paintings are mixed media on paper. I use acrylic paint, pastel, oil stick, pencil, and gesso. Several of the them include stamps, mylar, or buttons sewn onto the paper. The size of the paper (which is prepared with gesso) is either 44” x 30” or 30” x 22”.

The paintings convey of my love of color, and my love for the processes of art-making. They also speak about the people, throughout time, from all over the world, making beautiful things by hand to use in their lives.

 

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