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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
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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.

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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?

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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

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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.

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.

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.

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 if 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.

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

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Learning to Sail

Learning to Sail | charcoal | 24.25 x 7″ | 2019 |$5000

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Sense of Place

Sense of Place | soft pastel | 2019 | 16.5 h x 13 w

“People aren’t interested in blueprints; they want to sense 
the painter’s involvement and pleasure in the subject…
Paint a sense of place."
— Paul Strisik

Thanks to my very patient friend Mary for posing at the top of the Hancock parking garage while the security guards monitored us.

Pastels used: Mount Vision, Girault, Faber-Castell Pitt pastel pencils, and Gioconda pastel pencils. White Canson Mi Tiente paper 400 grit.

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On Deck (The Veteran Fencer)

On Deck (The Veteran Fencer) | pastel | 2018 | 18″ x 26″

‘On Deck’ depicts a veteran fencer who has honed the ritual of putting on the glove to mentally prepare. His intensity is focused inward as he’s called to his next bout. 

92nd American Artists Professional League Grand National Exhibition “On Deck (The Veteran Fencer)”. Online Exhibit 9 November – 31 December 2020, Pastel Society of America Award

Richeson75 Figure/Portrait International Art Competition & Exhibit 2020 Finalist “On Deck (The Veteran Fencer)”. Online Exhibit opens 29 October 2020

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Boothbay Afternoon

Boothbay Afternoon – Charcoal and white conté on toned paper, 2018. From a snapshot taken on a summer afternoon while on a schooner in Boothbay Harbor.

ARTinME, 2018 Boothbay Regional Art Foundation show, located at 1 Townsend Avenue, Boothbay Harbor, ME. The exhibit will run from October 14 – November 12, 2018. For more information go to boothbayartists.org.

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God Is My Judge

‘God Is My Judge’, Mount Vision and Girault soft pastels on Canson Mi-Tientes Touch paper, 18″ wide x 18.5″ high.

Thanks to my friend Daniel for posing for this painting.

American Artists Professional League, 91st Grand National Exhibit, Salmagundi Club, NYC, 11-22 November 2019

14th International ARC Salon Finalist

American Women Artists’ Spring 2019 Online Juried Show, on view 1 April 2019 – 1 April 2020. AmericanWomenArtists.org

2018 Guild of Boston Artists Annual Regional Juried Exhibition. The Guild is located at 162 Newbury Street, Boston, MA. The exhibit will run from September 8 – 29, 2018. For more information go to guildofbostonartists.org.

BoldBrush Online Painting Competition, Outstanding Pastel Award May 2018 and FAV 15% (jury’s favorite 15% of entries)