Tuesday, March 25, 2014


In earlier collages I dealt with famous women and their shared, known narrative. In time I came to realize that I also had an emotional investment with the unnamed glamour girl, models and the like, beauties I've studied since childhood. Their looks were their only story, voiceless and anonymous. But those beautiful women did carry all kinds of identity to me - they became vehicles for tales I wished to tell.
Around the time I began the Anonymous Women, I recommenced work as a makeup artist after a hiatus of fifteen years. This return to a makeup career, such as it was, freed up and reshuffled my idea of the anonymous beauty. I had also a heightened idea of the face as cut up body parts, well aware that women’s faces are sliced and diced all the time.
I recall a fellow artist once telling me that beauty was dangerous. I knew this to be the truth in painting, but I also felt it was the case in many other things, including women. What I want to do with beauty and glorious artifice is put her where you least expect her to be. She's often shoved into a box and I want to bust her out. She’s the ocean, the sky, the forest. She’s the skyscraper, the Pantheon, the illuminated manuscript. She's also the wall, the decor, the carpet you step on. A girl from Southern Oregon gazing down a muddy road. She’s the mover in art history and the genius of the crime.

Saturday, March 22, 2014


The next Art Focus (March 25th) will feature Portland Art Dealers Association - namely, Jane Beebe of PDX Contemporary Art, Bob Kochs of Augen Gallery and Daniel Peabody of the Elizabeth Leach Gallery.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Amy Bernstein on KBOO

Amy Bernstein has a show of paintings at Nationale right now. She will be my guest on Art Focus this coming Tuesday, the 11th.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Preparing for A Show

In April I will show the Anonymous Women at Augen Gallery. Altogether there will be 16 framed pieces plus a portfolio at the desk. Really excited!