"Play It As It Lays," oil on canvas, 40" x 60" diptych

“Play It As It Lays,” oil on canvas, 40″ x 60″ diptych

Before painting, I was a photographer in New York City and London, hired by Andy Warhol, and working on assignment for Vogue, British Elle, Interview, The London Sunday Times Magazine,  and others. I wanted to capture the female figure and attitude in the form of a personal narrative – a theme that I continued to explore when I began painting and printmaking about . I continue to use photography as a inspiration.

etching Are We Not Men?

“Are We Not Men?” etching

In September-October 2017, I was honored to participate in  Djerassi Residence Artists Program, receiving a Ford Family Foundation Grant. I created 5 new large paintings in my time there, and made a permanent installation on the property as well. Images of the new artworks will soon be added to this website.

I see each of my artworks as part of a whole, similar to a frame from a film or an instant from a dream. The images are figurative, narrative and allegorical. I paint heroines and animal-heroes who balance feelings of marvel and mystery with a sense of conflict and uncertainty. The uncertainty can be internal, or caused by violence in the symbolic forms of snipers, soldiers, bullets, and monsters. The women and girls are often on the move. They are strong and beautiful, and there is a wondrous effort in their energy.

The animals in my images are similar to animal familiars; part of a person’s spirit in animal form. This kind of creature is one’s protector, and one protects it in turn. Humans are another form of animal, so this close relationship is natural. Like ghosts or angels, the animals will help the humans survive and perhaps fulfill their quest.

My artwork is a combination of fantasy, surrealism and history – images in which time and space become fluid and strange. I bestow upon my characters the goodness they want, deserve or need. I will them to not only survive, but to complete their journey. The images are about the hardest part of the trip; the intersection between potential and conflict.

PRESS REVIEWS AND INTERVIEWS:

Review of Cosmo Ceramics December 2017
Political Art group show 2017 Review
uBe Art: Interview 2016
Cascades Arts and Entertainment: Interview 2016
Coffee + Art + Friends: Paula Bullwinkel, blog by Ms. Teafly 2016

EXHIBITIONS

2017         Art Department Faculty Show, paintings and glazed ceramics, COCC, Bend, OR, December

2017        Portland Art Museum Rental Sales Gallery, Fall Show, Portland, OR, November

2017        Eclipse, Bend Art Center, OR, August

2017         Portland Art Museum Rental Sales Gallery, Spring Show, Portland, OR, May

2017        HeArt of The Matter (political group art show), Franklin Crossing, Bend, February

2017        Bend Art Center / A6, “Printing The Gamut,” Bend OR

2016       Portland Art Museum Rental Sales Gallery, Fall Show, Portland, OR

2016       Ube Art, Berkeley, CA

2015       Portland Art Museum RSG, Spring show, Portland OR

2015       Solo Exhibition, Play It As It Lays, Atelier 6000, Bend, OR

2014       Solo exhibition, Hastings Cone Gallery, Vashon Island, WA

2014       Franklin Crossing, Figurative Painting, Bend, OR

2012       Beyond the Demos, Jordan Schnitzer Museum, Eugene

2011       Solo exhibition, Virginia Inn, Seattle, WA

2010       Beyond The Demos, PNCA, Portland, OR

2010       Where Are We Going, TBDloft, Bend, OR

2010       Solo exhibitionThe Figure, Franklin Crossing, Bend, OR

2009       Solo exhibition, All the Fun, The Pines, Hood River, OR

2009       Double Exposure, A6 /Atelier 6000, Bend, Oregon

2009       Memento Mori, Poethouse, Bend, OR

2009        Navigator News, Sisters, OR

2008       Illustration, Atelier 6000, Bend, Oregon

2008       Tumalo Art Gallery, Bend, OR

2006       Solo exhibition, Gallery 3.5, Montclair State Univ., NJ

2005       Gallery 3.5, Montclair State University, New Jersey

2005       Women’s Resilience/Que Pasa Aqui, Montclair State, NJ

1997       Solo exhibition, Hudson Grill Gallery, New York, NY

1995       Mars Bar Gallery, New York, New York