“Portraits & Nudes,” oil on canvas
These twenty-five highly expressionistic oil paintings of portraits and nudes are emotionally intense with an exceptionally wide range of texture, color, and feeling. They vary from near-realistic to fantastical and are reminiscent of the works of Edvard Munch, Alice Neal and Francesco Clemente in tone and feeling. These works engage the viewer, inviting and repelling, and inviting back in. They are edgy, raw and primitive, yet lyrical, mysterious and beautiful. Evocative or contradictory pairings like unbridled passion and entrapment (in “No Exit”) or sadness and ghostly beauty (in “Levitating Fawn”) are typical.