This is my take on the Matisse painting The Manila Shawl, a painting he did in 1911. As I am enamored with Matisse's use of bright colors, I went further and decided to add even more color, as well as a swath of very textured pumice.

24 X 24 on a gallery canvas. Acrylic and pumice.





Another Saturday Night. 24 X 48 gallery canvas. Acrylic.





This is across the street from my home in Northeast Mineapolis. I stood in my driveway at 9:00 pm and sketched quickly, even though the temperature was 18 degrees and quite windy. No snow, only some ice. 

Acrylics and pumice.18 X 24.





This painting has a line of inclusions imbedded in the paint. The inclusions, rising above the canvas, are pieces and chunks of dried paint.  

Acrylics, pumice, inclusions. 18 X 24.





I went into an entirely different direction with this painting. Anyone who knows my art, knows I like thick lines and lots of disruptive colors, as well as a general do what I want and color-outside-the-lines feel.

But mid-century modernism is all the rage -- or has been -- maybe I'm jumping on the bandwagon a bit late -- anyway, I wanted to make a painting that would fit into Frank Sinatra's 1955 home in Palm Springs. I experimented and created something with straight lines and strong colors. I used six 16 X 12 gallery canvasses, lots of pumice, and rich colors. All the frames are bolted to each other. As a personal touch, there is a piece of wood from a chicken coop and a building cut-out from a 1950s postcard, as well. 36 X 52.5 inches.




 

 



An art collector purchased my one of my recent paintings, Matisse's Algerian Woman at the art opening at Twin Spirits Distillery. Matisse's art has been a huge influence for me.





An art collector in Minneapolis purchased Slow Down off the wall at Twin Spirits Distillery. Slow Down was a painted in response to the traffic speeding through the neighborhoods of northeast Minneapolis.