Subject Tags: grief, young adult, teenagers, girls, girls room, pink and black, dresses, tropical flowers, contemporary flowers, abstract flowers, wildflowers, pink flowers, contemporary, on my own, missing you, emotional state, abstract figurative, figurative art, modern art, hopeful, middle age, coming of age, abstractionism, dripping, fashionable, fashion art, fashionista, figure, figure painting, female figure, pink hair, black dress, hibiscus, hibiscus painting, looking back, pastel, woman portrait, portrait art
Size: 24"W x 30"H x 1.5"D
Year Created: 2012
I painted this piece soon after my brother, and only sibling, died. It's about wanting to be reminded of who you really are, and where you came from ... perhaps after you've landed in a different place altogether, and have been there for awhile. It's a melancholy yet hopeful piece about wanting to rediscover yourself.
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.