Saturday, July 28, 2012


Escape Artist web addendum page starts with Norris H. Pyron

I have decided that I want to make my work accessible on several platforms. So I am creating what I call "web addendums". The first one will highlight the painting series PRISONERS

When I started researching these prison photos and was looking for a story I was drawn to the image of Roy Gardner. I looked in and found he was a notorious train robber from the early 1900s and a tricky escape artist. I started reading and downloading more articles. There was a connection between him and some of the other photos that I had seen. Hmmmm, a very interesting thread was forming.

Little did I know that if I had only googled him in the first place that I would have come up with a lot of information, all condensed, without having to have spent hours reading old papers. Oh, I am not complaining, mind you, I really love doing all that research. Also, it gave me a chance to see how the American press was covering other stories, like Irish Independence in the 1920s.

Because some of the info I found was worth repeating, I am presenting the Escape Artist web addendum, using a parallax scrolling web function, through a montage of film stills, book pages and their actual portraits painted by myself. It is about the connection between a counterfeiter, a train robber and two rapists: Norris H. Pyron, Roy Gardner, Lawardius Borgart and Evert Impyn, respectively, McNeil Island prisoners numbered 3800, 3806, 3824 and 3825.

Now available new 8" X 8" magazine of PRISONERS on issuu and MagCloud. Free digital downloads!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012


"i can't believe mother let you go out like this" 3 x 3 inches, acrylic on photopaper.

View whole series on flickr.

Monday, July 16, 2012


"who's your daddy?" 3 x 3 inches, acrylic on photopaper.

View whole series on flickr.


"genevieve" 6 x 6 inches, acrylic on canvas.

This is the final painting of Genevieve on canvas. I use the sketch as a transfer to the canvas. Then using the original photo and the sketch as reference I work on the portrait.

(3 x 3 on photopaper)
(original photo converted to B/W)

Sunday, July 15, 2012


"switched at birth" 3 x 3 inches, acrylic on photopaper.

View whole series on flickr.


"genevieve" 3 x 3 inches, acrylic on photopaper.

Commissioned by my friend, Kristin Shears, owner of Willo North Gallery, to paint her daughter. This is the preliminary sketch for her approval. Then on to a 6 x 6 canvas.

Thursday, July 12, 2012


"would you have liked me better if..." 3 x 3 inches, acrylic on photopaper.

This series will explore the ideas of expectations, roles and socially acceptable stereotyping. It holds a personal meaning for me and my daughter. It's not gender specific. Expectations from society can put a lot of pressure on anyone. And it can be very hurtful.

View whole series on flickr.


"how can you know what's underneath my coat?" 3 x 3 inches, acrylic on photopaper.

Further thought on the prospect of painting just clothes lead to this new image of an empty coat. But today, my daughter was affected by encountering some very male chauvinist attitude and I have decided to create a new series based on my reaction to her feelings about it. It will be called "Role Reversal."

Friday, July 6, 2012


"little red dress" 3 x 3 inches, acrylic on photopaper.

Inspiration comes from many places and so in reading Covet Garden magazine's 23rd issue my friend Shari and I were struck by the wonderful simplicity of the red dress painted by Iza Mokrosz (page 28). We agreed that we should try a red dress painting of our own. Shari created a lovely original from a completely personal item. I, on the other hand, relied on my collection of vintage photographs, eliminating the person, leaving the dress and painting over it. Thank you Iza and Covet Garden for the inspired image and Shari for being my muse today.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012


"conserve" 5.5 x 3.5 inches, collage on paper.

Spent an afternoon making collages at the studio of my friend and neighbor, Roberta Hancock. She is an artist, who is currently doing a series of paintings called Thumbs Up, soon to be on exhibit at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport.

I brought over a box of random items and began to paste to the back of pre-stamped postcards. They soon developed a theme, which I prefer to call Confectionary Observances. Would you like a bite?

"8 apple fritters" 5.5 x 3.5 inches, collage on paper.

"non-de-script" 5.5 x 3.5 inches, collage on paper.

"relish" 5.5 x 3.5 inches, collage on paper.