The “Family Pictures” series

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Kiddie Pool, 2006. Oil on board. 24″ x 24″

When my mom died unexpectedly in 2005, I devoted myself to painting full-time. It was a kind of catharsis, making paintings about her and about my childhood, tableaux of anger and regret and grief. I worked hard for a few years, getting into local shows, standing behind unsuspecting people as the made their comments, too shy to speak up. I sold a few here and there, won a few awards, and once got interviewed for a Sun Sentinel article, but I got impatient the slow pace of my progress (such as I judged it) and at the same time felt really guilty pursuing art, when I could be doing something practical. I quit working in 2009 to seek a second major, and gave to Goodwill or destroyed most of my work from that time. Here are a few pictures of those I at least bothered to photograph. Of course, I really regret losing the better ones.

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The Bad Girl, 2006. Oil on wallpaper on board. 24″ x 24″

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Family Picnic, 2007. Oil on wallpaper on board. 24″ x 36″ Sold.

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Cousins, 2007. Oil on wallpaper on board. 24″ x 24″ Destroyed.

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The Troops On My Street, 2006. 48″ x 64″ in my collection.

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Painting of a Klugy doll, 2005. 24″ x 36″ Sold.

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The Socialite, 2005. 42″ x 60″ Destroyed.

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The Artist in her Studio, 2005. 42″ x 60″ Destroyed.

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Margaret’s House is Leaving, 2005. 16″ x 20″ Lost.

 

 

 

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