“Masquerade: COVID-19”.

“Masquerade: COVID-19”, oil on canvas, 46 x 55 cm., 2020, is self-explanatory at first glance. However, here I have left certain features slightly unfinished: the naked eyes, the disintegrating painted frame, etc.; this to suggest vulnerability and a sense of incompletion. COVID-19 presents the unanswerable questions of how effective we really are at masking fear of the unknown, and which “me” peers out from behind the superficial protective covering. This painting is a continuation of my self-portrait series, in which I explore different ways of seeing and presenting myself — with various styles and painting techniques.

Coffin portrait/Lockdown — Summer fun.

“Coffin Portrait / Lockdown — Summer fun”, oil on canvas, 55 x 46 cm., 2020, the second title is perhaps self-explanatory. But it doubles as a Coffin Portrait (see https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coffin_portrait). This painting is a continuation of my self-portrait series, in which I explore different ways of seeing and presenting myself — with various styles and painting techniques.

 

Libbie is glowing.

“Libbie is glowing”, 40 x 50 cm., oil on canvas, 2020, is a portrait in a semi-realistic style. Here the sunflowers are abstracted away from the cliché of bright yellow sunbursts epitomized by Van Gogh, and the resultant copper color provides an almost wooden frame around an illumined face. This is a portrait of a strong woman with strong features, but whose inner grace and contagious smile exude immense Light, beauty, and warmth. In this sense, she is an archetype and an icon.