Visual autobiography has always played a role in my work. Time, memory, love, grief, family and childhood have been the source of inspiration for several decades. Whether figuratively or conceptually the tie and pull of family has played a dominant and leading role in my conversation with my paintings. Some works are easier to read and other pieces are not so subtle and need to be decoded. As I strive to make the personal, universal, I seem to need a connection to the past to help me into the future.
The Bloom series is more oblique than previous works as I have found myself dealing like everyone with Covid, and what that means to be making art during this time. When I began the work, the flowers made me think of Picasso’s Guernica…the outstretched art of the vanquished soldier with a flower in his opened hand represented the idea that there is hope!. Almost two years later I still want to believe this is true.