Brouhaha is the title of an exhibition I had in the summer of 2021 at Transmission Gallery in Oakland, CA of 15 paintings, most shown below. In 1980’s I saw a downtown NYC performance artist on stage who at one point riffed on the word “brouhaha” until it became just laughter: “brouhahahaha” and I was struck. Mixing danger and fun. Painted during the fraught years of 2020-2021 in a blind creative flurry/fury. Additional artwork in the show shown on “Beauty” page. Detail below.

Brouhaha, oil on canvas, 40 x 60 inches, 2021

Brouhaha, oil on canvas, 40 x 60 inches, 2021. From a black and white photograph where I directed some little girls in a tea party scene. A frenzied fracas narrative.

Brouhaha detail

Brouhaha detail

 

 

 

 

Ann's Day, oil on canvas, 40 x 60 inches, 2021, painting of dark skinned girl on beach with intense red sky, surreal pink birds soaring, and two giant fighting rabbits to her right

Ann’s Day, oil on canvas, 40 x 60 inches, 2021. I wanted to paint this bigger and with more visceral emotion than the previous version, below. She is brown skinned in homage to my brother, who died too young. “Ann” is my mom’s name. Mom had a feisty flair and told me as a child that I could be whatever I wanted to be. The girl’s stance here is that attitude.

 

Sonia at Cape Ann, oil on canvas, 24 x 30 inches

Sonia at Cape Ann, oil on canvas, 24 x 30 inches, 2020. Sold. Suit pattern inspired by the transcendent art of Sonia Delaunay.

 

Pageant Crossing, 40 x 60 inches, oil on canvas, 2021. I was inspired by a photograph I took at the Caribbean Day Parade in Brooklyn in the 1990’s. There are many things alternating here; black/white, male/female, crowns/cop hats, dresses/pants, etc. I love when reality is weird.

Pageant Crossing, 40 x 60 inches, oil on canvas, 2021. I was inspired by a photograph I took at the Caribbean Day Parade in Brooklyn in the 1990’s. There are many things alternating here; black/white, male/female, crowns/cop hats, dresses/pants, etc. I love when reality is weird. Detail below.

 

Pageant Crossing detail

Pageant Crossing detail

 

Cousins By Elk Lake, oil on canvas, 30 x 40 inches

Cousins By Elk Lake, oil on canvas, 30 x 40 inches, 2020.

 

Cousins detail girl in orange polka dot shirt

Cousins detail

 

Girl Ironing, 24 x 30 inches, oil on canvas

Girl Ironing, 24 x 30 inches, oil on canvas, 2019

Girl Ironing On Green Carpet, 36 x 48 inches, oil on canvas

Girl Ironing On Green Carpet, 36 x 48 inches, oil on canvas, 2020. I always wanted a toy iron as a kid. My brother got a chemistry set, though.

 

Girl Ironing detail

Girl Ironing detail

All The Rest, oil on canvas, 40 x 30 inches

All The Rest, oil on canvas, 40 x 30 inches, 2020. Sold. This was a time when I felt exhausted by the news in every way and I wanted to create a scene of restful peace. Inspired by a Victorian photograph of a child with her pet fox. Under the table is a capybara.

 

All The Rest detail

All The Rest detail

 

We Could Be Heroes, oil on canvas, 36 x 48 inches.

We Could Be Heroes, oil on canvas, 36 x 48 inches, 2021. Detail below.

 

We Could Be Heroes detail

We Could Be Heroes detail

 

Sinonyx Abyss, oil on canvas, 40 x 30 inches, 2020. Frantic life, with prehistoric creatures, figure inspired by a 1970’s fashion ad

Sinonyx Abyss, oil on canvas, 40 x 30 inches, 2020. Frantic life, with prehistoric creatures, figure inspired by a 1970’s fashion ad. Textile patterns invented.

 

Sinonyx detail

Sinonyx detail