Portfolio: Oil and Cold Wax

Isolation

I began this series in the spring of 2021, one year after the pandemic began. For the previous 14 months, separated from our communities, friends, and families, we had coped as best we could, waiting and hoping for the pandemic to pass. This experience changed us all in unexpected ways, challenging our patience, creativity, and our strength. These pieces evoke aspects of the experience of living through this difficult time.  

Isolation, as hard as it has been, has given us a chance to reflect and question our priorities. A small oasis of calm offers room to consider and remember what is most important to us. This time of loss and disconnection has also given us an opportunity to re-imagine the world as it could be.

Can we rebuild a more generous and equitable society that values, cares and supports us all?

Titles above, left to right:
1. Onslaught, 22×22, Oil and Cold-wax Medium on Multimedia Board
2. Underwater, 30×22, Oil and Cold-wax Medium on Multimedia Board
3. Heartbreak, 30×22, Oil and Cold-wax Medium on Multimedia Board
4. Rain of Tears, 30×22, Oil and Cold-wax Medium on Multimedia Board
5. Cornered, 30×22, Oil and Cold-wax Medium on Multimedia Board
6. Breathe, 30×22, Oil and Cold-wax Medium on Multimedia Board

Expanse (Aerial Series)

The restrictions of isolation, and the limitless expanse of the sky seem like polar opposites. As I’ve explored these ideas, I’ve come see them as two ends of our experience.

Expanse explores the view of the earth from a distance. It challenges us to see beyond the bright lights to a world more complex and nuanced.

Titles above, left to right:
1. Rapid Descent, 26×40, pastel on black paper
2. Expanse, 20×40, pastel on black paper
3. Night Flight, 18×24, pastel on prepared board
4. Crossroads, 24×18, pastel on black UArt
5. Mystic Meets Malden, 24×18, on black UArt (SOLD)
6. Ocean Towers, 18×30, on black UArt
8. At What Cost, 18×24 on black UArt
9. Old Town Albuquerque, 18×30, pastel on black UArt
10. Making the Final Approach, pastel on prepared board
11. Making the Connection, 18×24, on black UArt (SOLD)

Emergence

Hope with the warming of Spring and Summer, 2021

  1. Cascade, Oil and coldwax on Duralar, 18.25 x 14.5, framed, 25.25 x 19.25
  2. Emerging, Oil on Duralar, mounted on cradled panel, 18 x18
  3. Reflections 1, Oil and coldwax on Duralar, 9 x 11.5, framed 14.5 x 17.5
  4. Reflections 2, Oil and cold-wax on Duralar, 10 x 13, framed 19.75 x 16.75
  5. Vail of Rain, Oil and cold-wax on Arches Oil paper, 8.75 x 11.5, framed 14.5 x 17.5″
  6. Underwater, pastel, 10 x10, framed 17.25 x 17.25″
  7. Spark, Oil and cold-wax on Arches Oil paper, 7.25 x 9, framed 14.125 x 12″

Impromptu

Diane Sawyer’s abstract works in oil and cold wax mark moments in the trajectory of the first year of the pandemic, 2021.

Titles above, left to right:

  1. Seeking Balance, Oil and cold-wax, graphite pour on paper, 9 x 12
  2. Anger. Grief. Injustice, Oil and cold-wax on Arches oil paper, 8 x 10
  3. NYC Sirens all night, Oil and cold-wax on Duralar, 17 x 14
  4. American Legacy, oil and cold-wax on Arches oil paper, 11 x 15
  5. Empty Streets, Oil and cold-wax on Duralar, 17 x 14
  6. Winter Thaw, Oil and cold-wax, Duralar, 15.5 x 12.5
  7. Seismic Shifts, Oil and cold-wax on Duralar, 17 x 14
  8. Dreams Deferred, diptych, Oil and cold wax on Shuji paper, each panel 23.5 x 11 (SOLD)
  9. Wearing Thin, Oil and cold-wax on Yupo opaque, 14 x 11
  10. Spring Thaw, Oil and cold-wax, on Yupo clear, 14 x 11