Size: 16"W x 20"H x 1.25"D
Year Created: 2015
Ready to Hang
"Caridea Crangonid" is from a series of zooplankton paintings. . Based upon photographs made by scientists using microscope cameras. Whether in their natural habitat or the laboratory the translucent to transparent nature of zooplankton as a visual investigation is fascinating, as transparency confuses the figure and ground. This work is actually two canvases secured to a single floater frame. Each canvas shows the same animal, one with its upper body in focus, the other with the lower body, adding to the visual complexity. I painted transparent color layers which combine to simulate the dark ground. This is made evident by the build-up of different color paint drips and splotches on the canvas sides. I then use both painting and glazing techniques to create layers of translucence and opacity typical of the zooplankton.
I grew up in rural Ohio. While earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts in drawing and painting at The Ohio State University, I was awarded a Ford Foundation Grant. I then moved to NYC to attend New York University, spent a semester abroad in Venice, Italy and earned a Master’s degree in studio art. The New York metropolitan area has been my home ever since. I now live and work in Yonkers with my husband John, who provides invaluable support, advice, and carpentry skills. Awards: Ford Foundation Grant,Easton Arts Council, "Art in the Country" Honor of Merit, Daniel Mark Duffy, juror Ridgefield Guild of Artists, "Juried Members Show" Honorable Mention, Susan Hardesty, Curator, Norwalk Community College, juror Public Collections: Brooklyn Art Library, Brooklyn, NY, Limner Gallery Collection, Hudson, NY, Purdue University Galleries Permanent Collection Private collections located in: Australia, California, Connecticut, England, Florida, Ireland, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mexico, New York, Ohio, Virginia, Washington