Transformation Closing this Weekend


Transformation closes this weekend! Your last chance to see the spring shows at BWAC is this Saturday and Sunday, June 16-17, from 1-6pm


There will be live music, spoken word performances, and a closing auction starting Sunday at 4pm. You can read more about the exhibit and the paintings I’m showing here.


Hope to see you there!


Opening May 12: Transformation, Spring Art Show at BWAC

Panels 258 & 259, with five paintings from The Nature of Being series


This spring I will have five paintings from The Nature of Being on view at the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition (BWAC) spring members show, Transformation. Using the shapes, rhythms, patterns, and colors of nature, these abstract oil paintings explore questions of existence, belief, personal philosophy, time, and the layered narrative of consciousness we maintain throughout a lifespan.


Panel 258, featuring Origin Stories, Arpeggio, and What Might Have Been


The paintings on this panel explore how we are transformed by time and experience, regarding the self as ongoing, fluid, and open to change.


Origin Stories, 2017, 24″x24″x1.5″, oil on canvas


Based on two overlapping leaves, this painting considers how new beginnings grow out of past experiences, as in the cycles of the seasons. Trees are nourished by the leaves dropped in the fall, giving them the strength and resilience to bloom again the following spring. As humans, we stand on the shoulders of those who came before, and we must be mindful we did not get where we are alone, taking care to give support to the future.


Arpeggio, 2017, 24″x24″x1.5″, oil on canvas


Looking at the phyllotactic pattern of leaf growth like notes in an arpeggiated scale, we can see the music of nature. Music does not exist without time, and so too are the moments of our lives more meaningful over the melody of time. The more connected we are to the rhythms and patterns of nature, the more harmonious our existence may be.


What Might Have Been, 2017, 24″x24″x1.5″, oil on canvas


Envisioning the paths we might have taken in our lives as wormholes or pathways through the multiverse, this painting also evokes our primordial origins and the transformations every living thing has taken throughout time to get to the present moment.


Panel 259, featuring Permeability and Try Everything Twice


The paintings on this panel look to nature as a guide for how to appeal to our better natures, learning lessons and gaining insight from flexibility, openness, and receptivity to experience.


Permeability, 2017, 30″x40″x1.5″, oil on canvas


Inspired by undulating sedge grass underwater and light dancing on its surface, this painting is a reminder to embrace qualities of fluidity and allow experiences to change us. As we become more permeable to other people and the world, we gain more of ourselves in reflection.


Try Everything Twice, 2017, 24″x30″x1.5″, oil on canvas


Mae West said, “I’ll try anything once, twice if I like it, three times to be sure.” This painting uses tropical-colored symmetry and exuberant leaf forms to celebrate the joy of being bold and finding adventure everywhere… then doing it again.



Transformation is on view every weekend May 12 through June 17, 1-6pm, with a Meet the Artists Opening Day Reception on May 12th and live music and performances every weekend.


Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition
481 Van Brunt Street, Door 7
Red Hoook, Brooklyn (view map)



In addition to Transformation, BWAC is also hosting Wide Open, works on a broad theme of openness; Recycle, works made with recycled and repurposed materials; In the Groove, original album cover art; and Dominica – After Maria: Hurricane Relief Fundraiser with works by Caribbean artists benefitting the Caribbean Emergency Disaster Management Agency (CEDMA).


I will be at both the Opening Day reception and working at the closing day auction on June 17th, where you have the opportunity to bid on small works by exhibiting artists, including my little painting Renewal, also from The Nature of Being series.


I hope to see you there!


Opening this weekend: Interactive


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.




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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.




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)


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!


It Felt Like Home


It Felt Like Home, 24″x30″, oil on canvas


This painting is part of my You and Me series, and I’ve been working on it for a while. I’ve been revisiting a lot of older work lately, reconnecting with the original concept, and bringing it forward to who I am as a person now.

The underpainting is incredibly dark and dreary, as it started from a broken-hearted, desolate place. I’m too embarrassed to show the whole thing, but I hope this glimpse will suffice to communicate the difference.

After traveling this summer, I didn’t want to make unhappy art anymore, so I went back to this canvas with the new sense of light and warmth I found in India, and it finally felt like what I was trying to say.