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Still Life Series 1

.....sometimes paint a leaf, you have to sacrifice the whole landscape. It might seem that you are limiting yourself at first, but after a while you realize that by having a quarter-of-an-inch of something, you have a better chance of holdng onto a certain feeling of the universe, than if you pretended to be doing the whole sky.                                                                                

                                                                         from "The History of Love" by Nicole Krauss

This series explores the magical worlds that are found in the corners and angles of a classic still life arrangement. As with the sixteenth century Dutch paintings, the viewer is captivated by the glint of a metallic surface, a glistening droplet of liquid, or the crusty surface of a bread roll.

​    This series began with a very classical tableau of a wine bottle, fruit, bread, linen napkin and a mirror. In one arrangement were all the challenges of liquid, transparency, reflection, patina and texture. The study then moved in and around the tableau, approaching it from various angles and distances - alternately telescoping into a corner or intersecting a single beam of light. An intimate frame becomes a landscape. Light and shadow create small wondrous universes on a leaf or in the  glowing winter-scape of  the damask  napkin. Beauty and magic can be glimpsed in the ordinary.

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