“Survivor” in Greenwich Art Society exhibit

I am very pleased that my painting, “Survivor,” was selected for the 101st Annual Juried Exhibition of the Greenwich Art Society.  It takes place at the Bendheim Gallery, 299 Greenwich Avenue, Greenwich CT.

This piece is based on a photo of a man with AIDS. Struck by his combination of strength and vulnerability,  I portray him coming out of the darkness into the light, overcoming struggle.  He looks straight at the viewer, defying us to ignore him.

The exhibit was judged by Randall R. Griffey, Curator of Contemporary Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  It runs from March 9- April 13, 2018 with a public reception on Friday, March 16 from 6:30- 8:00 pm.





Girl “Talk”


I took a photo of these three lovely women at a family event and used it as a reference for this acrylic painting.  I liked the way their bodies are linked together and the triangular shapes.  As you can see, they are engrossed in looking at photos on one of the cellphones. This is the first in a series of paintings I am creating concerning cellphones.

girl “talk”

Still painting after the fire


This is my most recent painting, “Survivor.”  In mid-March, a massive fire destroyed the building where I had my art studio.  Unfortunately, almost all of my paintings were destroyed as well as countless supplies, books, photos and equipment.  I’m adapting to my temporary space and excited to be creating new work.

“Borders, Bodies, Home” features my art

“Alone” from my refugee series


I am very pleased to share some good news about my refugee series of paintings.  “Alone” and another piece showing refugee children were selected for the current (Spring 2017) issue of Rejoinder, an online journal published by the Institute for Research for Women at Rutgers in partnership with the Feminist Art Project.  The issue explores how borders and bodies shape our understandings of selfhood, exile and home. The issue is available at http://irw.rutgers.edu/rejoinder.

My art in NY Art Week 2017

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.

After the StormHammond renee phillipsWaiting

“Shelter” presented by Harlem School of the Arts & the National Association of Women Artists in cooperation with Violence Transformed – December 1, 2016-January 3, 2017

“Alone” from my refugee series


I am pleased that my painting, “Alone”, has been selected for this exhibit.

“One of the basic needs, with food and love, SHELTER is a major concern for all living beings, especially when it comes to refugees, immigrants, those struggling to pay the rent, and victims of domestic violence.  Artwork centered on SHELTER, open to the artists’ interpretation, aims to bring light to the struggles in the search for this essential ingredient for happiness and security.” (Harlem School of the Arts, the Herb Alpert Center)

“Alone” featured as part of “Shelter” exhibit

“Alone” from my refugee series

I am pleased that my painting of this refugee child has been selected by the National Association of Women Artists, Inc. for their exhibit. “Shelter.” The exhibit takes place at the Harlem School of the Arts and runs from December 1 through January 3.  A portion of sales proceeds goes to Violence Transformed.