What’s inside medications was a big interest to me last year. With back pain confronting me each day, I think about what I really get out of different medications. One morning while opening a new medication, I noticed the white sterile inside of the box and thought there is definitely no beauty inside. There is no message to see inside a box, while there are warnings plastered all over the outside of the package.
I started painting simple India ink paintings of the natural world on the back of medicine boxes. I my paintings of butterflies and flowers I am illustrating on the inside what the outside is communicating as a selling/marketing strategy. Butterflies are used as a Metaphor for freedom and a metamorphosis from pain. I use the unfolded boxes as a canvas. Using India ink colors I have painted a series of delicate flowers and butterflies, and posted them to the inside of the packaging. Flowers and insects look to the natural world to survive. Many people fear that they are faced with the chemically engineered to function. This series of work expresses what you want verses what you get from medication, interior verses the exterior. These works question the natural verses the synthetic. Through physical therapy and adopting a regular stretching and exercise program, I no longer need medication.
The canvas is limited in size and that is the challenge. I replaced the sterile, clean, hard edges of a mass produced object with a nature message. I want to illustrate the beauty and the beast in the unexpected – and ugly – places.
The majority of smokers regret ever starting to smoke, yet the vast majority continues to smoke despite the fact that smoking kills nearly 50% of lifetime users.
Smokers use cigarettes for many reasons, but many report that they smoke to relieve anxiety, despite the health danger of cigarette smoking. Many people smoke in order to cope with life, but studies have shown that smoking actually increases anxiety it simply does so after the cigarette's effects have worn off. Many people who smoke do so because they believe it calms them down. The stress relief you get from smoking comes from the act of taking time out to smoke a cigarette and from the short term chemical actions of nicotine in your brain.
Smokers often regret ever picking up this potentially deadly habit, and most smokers desire to quit. Quit attempts are common, with almost half of smokers indicating they made a quit attempt in the past year, although only 6% of those who try to quit succeed.
In my art I am trying to express smokers regret of ever starting smoking. Cigarette packages are emptied, flattened and embellished with acrylic paints in a pop art style.
These 4 foot by 6 foot acrylic paintings came from the modern dance art form. I hope that my work has shown some of the expressiveness and gracefulness of modern dance. These dancing figures are my personal response to art in the abstraction of the human form. My abstract figurative paintings never completely divorced from the lifelike subject matter. I hope my art makes the viewer re-evaluate the very nature of the nature of the form and its possibilities for expression.
My paintings can be described as wall-based sculptures. There maybe very little or no content in the individual paintings, but together they form expressive and playful shaped paintings. The idea for these assemblages came from the ancient Chinese puzzles called Tangrams. All the paintings shown are made up of seven elements which are repeated in different sizes and configurations. I like to play with the fragmentation of form. In some cases, my works are much like puzzles to me. These abstractions are meant to be as flexible as possible in interpretation. Symbolism and expression can be expressed. I some of these paintings the color is an intense optical experience without expression or symbolism. Abstract art is (or can be) a puzzle. I believe there is no specific reading for my art, interpretation must be done by the viewer.