I was very excited that two of my paintings were selected for Art Takes Manhattan’s exhibit at the Caelum Gallery, 508 West 26th Street in the Chelsea district of New York. Only 20 artists were chosen from among many national and international entries. The show ran from February 28 to March 6.
“After the Storm,” is a 24″ x 48″ acrylic painting, inspired by my response to the tsunami that struck Asia a few years ago. I had snapped the photo of the young girl on a trip to Southeast Asia and felt she had the emotion I wanted to capture – vulnerable, yet able to find strength in the aftermath of a terrible event. This painting was previously juried into “Art Connections 11” at the George Segal Gallery at Montclair State University, the Hammond Museum in North Salem NY, and won Honorable Mention at the Art Society of Old Greenwich show.
“Waiting,” a 36″ x 36″ acrylic painting of a little girl sitting on the edge of a bed, is based on one of Matisse’s earliest photos. To me, it represents both anxiety and hope. The painting won the Francis K. Brooks award for Best in Show at a Greenwich Art Society show, Honorable Mention at “In the Mood for Color”, Best Painting at the Rye Arts Center, and has been selected by several prominent jurors for other exhibitions.