cleaning the studio...

...and other adventures in art

In the wake of the Newtown school shootings last Friday, I was at a loss for ideas as I walked into my studio Monday morning.  I have a child, and the sheer horror of what happened is unfathomable, unbearable, unimaginable.

I’ve long considered using children as a subject matter, and this feels like an appropriate moment.  In these pieces, I am considering children’s utter fragility, their strength and inner resolve, their vulnerability.

These pieces are destined for an upcoming invitational show of small-format pieces at Pajaro Valley Arts Council Gallery, to be on exhibit in January and February.  They are all encaustic on wood panel, 6″x6″.  These are two of the first few, with more to come.