Size: 18"W x 24"H x 1.5"D
Year Created: 2017
Ready to Hang
This piece was inspired by my relationship with my mother. It's about evolving into the person you are meant to be as you separate not only from your mother but also from the woman she may have wanted you to be ... thought you were ... or expected you to be. And sometimes, it's not even that she wanted all that but that you thought she did. I hope that this is easy for my daughters. But it's not always simple, depending on how we were raised. My mother has been an ongoing influence in my work. Here I'm hoping to show the beauty and love in that journey.
I’m an entrepreneur, quality management/assurance consultant to the Fortune 500, an artist, writer, and professional speaker. I have degrees in biological sciences and quality systems engineering. I’m the author of five books, and my art has been represented and shown by galleries in key US markets and abroad. My technical and creative accomplishments may seem unrelated at first glance but they all draw from my ability to utilize both sides of my brain to quickly find connecting dots in chaotic scenarios, both situational and visual. I grew up in an emotional mess and survived by actively searching out “dots” I could connect and use to move forward. I ultimately succeeded through a combination of grit, determination, and risk-taking balanced by logic and creativity. Now, I continue to search for beauty, logic, and meaning in chaotic situations and images. This focus coupled with my education and experience informs my ability to design creatively (painting and writing) as well as on a process level (quality systems) as applied to both the corporate world and life in general. My paintings are generally a blend of acrylic, ink, and pastel. I use my fingers for the majority of the work. I work intuitively with a focus on color and composition. Galleries in New York City, Philadelphia, Cleveland, California, Louisiana, Italy, and Central America have represented and shown my work. It has been acquired by two Italian museums.