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Early Winter

Early Winter | soft pastel on sanded paper | 11×10 | 2022 | $3,000.
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Justice in the Grove

soft pastel on sanded paper | 2022 | $7,000

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Cherbourg, 1955

Carbon & white conté on cold press cotton rag paper | 15″ x 17″ | 2021

American Women Artists 2022 Spring On-line Juried Show. “Cherbourg, 1955” may be viewed for one year starting May 2022. 

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Olympian

Olympian (Gold Medal Boxer Claressa Shields) | graphite on toned paper | 6″ x 7″

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Storyteller 1

Storyteller 1 | graphite on cold press cotton rag paper | 11.5″ x 11.5″

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Nodus Tollens

soft pastel on sanded paper | 11.5 x 13 | 2021

nodus tollens n. the realization that the plot of your life doesn’t make sense to you anymore—that although you thought you were following the arc of the story, you keep finding yourself immersed in passages you don’t understand, that don’t seem to belong in the same genre—which requires you to go back and reread the chapters you had originally skimmed to get to the good parts, only to learn that all along you were supposed to choose your own adventure.

– John Koenig, The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows
Nodus Tollens
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Downeaster Sunset

Mount Vision pastels on UART 600 sanded paper | 11×16″ | 2021 | $470.

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Featherweight Champ

graphite, pastel, white conté on laid paper | 8″x9″ | 2021 | $900 unframed

Lance Palmer, MMA Featherweight Champion, Professional Fighters League.

American Artists Professional League’s Spring Members Show, April 25 – June 6 2022,  “Featherweight Champ”  AAPLinc.org

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The Crystal Gazer

soft pastel on sanded paper | 16″ x 18″ | 2020 | $4000

We start life as self-centered beings. As our world expands, we open our eyes and connect to those around us. During the pandemic our world has shrunk, and we are not just physically, but emotionally isolated from each other. In ‘The Crystal Gazer’ the model’s face is covered, wine glass in hand like a crystal ball, self-conscious blindness representing a willful rejection of reality; how some amongst us can remain comfortably blind. We are in a period in which the lucky can continue to work from home and receive a paycheck. The unlucky have lost their jobs, are hungry, and afraid of losing their homes. These people are not just out of sight, but are completely out of mind. People are missing from our lives and their suffering is unreal to some. Does she portend the future with her crystal ball, or will she remove her blinders?

The Guild of Boston Artists 2021 Regional Juried Exhibition, August 28 – September 25, 2021

Hearts Need Art “I No Longer Fear Death, I Fear Not Living”, February 4 – March 4, 2022, 1st Place Award Painting/Drawing

SITE: Brooklyn Gallery, The Figure, May 31 – June 28 2022

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Too Many Sorrows

(Dedicated to the millions grieving around the world in 2020)

Pastel on sanded paper | 10×13 | 2020 | $3800

Adirondack Pastel Society 8th Annual National Pastel Exhibition, View, NY – 28, Old Forge, New York, June 11 – July 31 2022 viewarts.org

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Grey Route Messaging

Grey Route Messaging | soft pastel on sanded paper | 9×14 | 2020 | $3000

My melancholy mood might’ve started at the end of 2019. I painted a woman in a cleanroom suit under cold overhead lights, holding a small glowing universe. In December what I thought was a riff on the Sacred Heart, by February seemed an awful lot like a Covid-19 illustration. With the pandemic lockdown in March, working in Boston suddenly was not possible. The building housing my studio was locked. My family spent weeks in quarantine, then isolation, as we recovered from varying intensities of the virus. We’ve been seasonal residents of Maine for 17 years and this year the house was opened early. Without a full studio’s worth of supplies, and not able to work with a model, I flailed for ideas on how to work. Feeling morbid I needed to paint as it lifts my mood and entire existence. Most of my paintings are figurative, I don’t usually enjoy still life, but I’ve had an idea rattling around for a couple of years based on graffiti in my neighborhood. It’s cynical and makes me smile whenever I pass it. Dirty worthless objects have been tagged “NOT ART”. This was the nihilistic message that fit my mood during isolation. Working from several photos taken over the years, and a real live banana, I worked out a composition that was true to the subversive message and reflected my need to lighten the spirit of the day. The title is “Grey Route Messaging” as Grey Routes are a form of illicit text messaging from a fraudulent source to a legitimate receiver. Tagging is also an illicit form of messaging. This painting communicates diffused references, from Cattalan’s cynical “not art” banana to the egocentric tagging of one’s name on a building.

Adirondack Pastel Society 8th Annual National Pastel Exhibition, View, NY – 28, Old Forge, New York, June 11 – July 31 2022 viewarts.org

Richeson75 Still Life/Floral International Art Competition & Exhibit 2021, Meritorious Entry

BoldBrush Online Painting Competition, August 2020, FAV 15 (jury’s favorite 15% of entries)

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Pin Cherry Vanitas

Pin Cherry Vanitas | soft pastel on sanded paper | 11×16 | 2020 |$4000

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Study of a Woman Laughing

Study of a Woman Laughing | pastel on sanded paper | 9.75×10 | 2020 |$1800

Gateway International Painting Competition, Finalist, July 2020

“Capturing emotion in a painting is a truly difficult endeavor, and yet this piece does it beautifully. Everything in this piece, including the subject matter, the handling of the medium, the color and the value all suggest a clear emotion of joy.”

– Patrick Saunders, Judge
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Breathing Dreams Like Air

Breathing Dreams Like Air | pastel | 9.5″ h x 8.5″ w | 2019 | $1800

Our beloved dog Juki had a difficult existence before she came to live with us. Here she is in the freshness and security of a summer afternoon in her true home.

From F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby – ‘A new world, material without being real, where poor ghosts, breathing dreams like air, drifted fortuitously about. ‘

15th International ARC Salon – Semi-Finalist

“Breathing Dreams Like Air” – Gateway International Painting Competition, Best in Show, February 2020

Judge’s Comment: “This entire painting has a wonderful ethereal quality. The muted and high key palette certainly lend to this effect, but it is largely achieved by very thoughtful brushwork. The few darks in the piece are brilliantly placed and add a necessary weight.” — Jane Hunt

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XIII

XIII | pastel | 23″h x 12″w | 2019 | $6000

A new spin on the concepts of Pachamama and the Sacred Heart; creator of a new universe, the power of a woman.

61st Stockton Art League Juried Exhibition at the Haggin Museum, Stockton CA, April 7 – May 15 2022

American Artists Professional League 2021 On-line Members Show ‘Explore’, 1 April – 30 August 2021

15th International ARC Salon – Semi-Finalist

Richeson75 Figure/Portrait International Art Competition & Exhibit 2020, Meritorious Entry “XIII”. Online Exhibit opens 29 October 2020

“XIII” – BoldBrush Online Painting Competition, December 2019, Outstanding Pastel and FAV 15 (jury’s favorite 15% of entries)

“XIII” – Gateway International Painting Competition, Honorable Mention, December 2019

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Portrait of the Artist’s Daughter

Charcoal on laid paper | Summer 2019 | $800

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Quahog Shells

Quahog Shells | approx. 6×9″ | charcoal and white chalk on laid paper | Summer 2019 | $240 (unframed)

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All My Treasure

All My Treasure | pastel | 13 x 17 | 2019 | $4000

‘All My Treasure’ is a contemplation on the impermanence of life. What you value can flow out through your fingers.

National Art League’s 91st Annual Juried Open Exhibition, May 2 – June 4 2022, “All My Treasure” nationalartleague.org

BoldBrush Online Painting Competition, February 2022, FAV 15 (jury’s favorite 15% of entries)

Arlington Center for the Arts — REAL!, 20 Academy Street, Arlington, MA, October 21, 2021 – January 14, 2022

Richeson75 Figure/Portrait International Art Competition & Exhibit 2019 Finalist

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Nearly There

Nearly There | soft pastel | 2019 | 15 x 16 | $4200

Life is not a solo journey, the fortunate are able to have another person to share that experience. This painting is a metaphor for life’s journey, jostled on a train, sometimes shakey, but ultimately grounded and stable.

Fine Art Connoisseur magazine November-December 2021

SITE: Brooklyn Gallery, The Figure, May 31 – June 28 2022

Fine Art Connoisseur magazine, November-December 2021, included in the Lunar Codex

“In 2022, Fine Art Connoisseur commissioned a profile of Dr. Samuel Peralta and his wife’s collection of realist art, in its regular section Celebrating America’s Great Collectors. Dr. Peralta presented the magazine with the possibility of inclusion in the Lunar Codex project, and the magazine’s publisher, Eric Rhoads, graciously permitted archiving of its print issues from 2015 to 2022 in the Polaris Collection.”

American Artists Professional League, 93rd Grand National Exhibit, Salmagundi Club, NYC, 8-19 November 2021, Blick Art Materials Award for Pastel

Bromfield Gallery, Boston, MA – “Double Vision” 5-28 March 2021

15th International ARC Salon – Semi-Finalist

Richeson75 Figure/Portrait International Art Competition & Exhibit 2019 Finalist

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…and the boat made three

…and the boat made three | 18×12″ | pastel | 2019 | $3600

Art in Maine, Boothbay Regional Arts Association, Boothbay Harbor, ME, October 16 — November 14 2021