A sampling of abstracts from 2017-2018
Throughout the Fall of 2017 I had the opportunity to travel and paint in the high deserts of Nevada (Black Rock Desert), California (Lava Beds National Monument) and New Mexico (in and around Santa Fe). My palette, forms and symbols shifted dramatically and tuned into the colors of the desert and the patterns of the night sky - constellations.
The last two summers I have had artist residencies in Italy and France. In May, 2108 I was awarded a space at La Macina di San Cresci in Tuscany and in June, 2017 I was fortunate to be one of the first artists for the residency at Chateau Orquevaux in the Champagne region of France. These are some personal favorites works from both experiences.
"In Between Color", refers to my aesthetic goals for these piece - an interest in the colors that are created when colors cross over each other and a compositional concentration on the spaces between color. The idea for these specific pieces and the technique came about during a week of painting at Sea Ranch. It was my "aha-moment". I had spent the morning walking the Northern California shoreline and taking in the changing color of morning as the clouds burned away and the bright colors of land, sea and sky were revealed. When I returned to my cabin I was searching for a new way to capture the feeling of the experience I had just had. This led me to explore a technique of pouring the gouache paint on to sheets of large watercolor paper, directing the paint with forces other than a brush. This way of painting can be traced back at least as far as the work of Helen Frankenthaler in the 1950s and 1960s. I call these pieces my "Pour Paintings."
These mixed media monotypes continue my consistent fascination with the figure at rest and in motion.
Mixed Media Monotypes on Paper, Inspired by the California coast.
Self portraits, images from Classical culture and faces from 19th Century art history. The black and white works in ink are a from a series entitled "Faces of the Musee d'Orsay" and were completed during my recent art residency in France in June of 2017.
A series of mixed media monotypes and works in India Ink inspired by a number of visits to the antiquity galleries at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Etruscan museums in Tuscany.
Limited edition prints of some of my work are available through my gallery, Lost Art Salon, and the online retailer, Serena & Lily (www.serenaandlily.com). They are beautifully reproduced in San Francisco on heavy archival paper, and are limited to a total edition of ninety-nine. Each is pencil signed, titled, numbered and dated. They range is price from $275 to $395 each.