I was excited to see how Osmosis Gallery owner Anne Olson Postle rearranged all the art, jewelry and sculptures for this April show where she allowed me to be Featured Artist. Hanging art is an art in itself! Here are the rest of the paintings and one more art quilt which made up the rest of the exhibit.
“Orange Reverie” is one of the larger paintings at the exhibit. It’s right by the front door as you enter Osmosis. Nice lighting.
“Living by Water” has generated some recent discussion as to whether this painting represents joy or melancholic tones. You decide!
I was a little surprised at the discussion that arose about “Through the Town”. People had so many varying things to say about how they responded to the overall viewpoint, focal point, and where their eye directed them.
“Invincible Summer” and “Moonflower” are new explorations of the idea that a painting might be able to capture a place, a season and some living, growing things in one image. Time as we know it is not just an experience of a particular moment. Our mind’s eye holds many memories and ideas, why not capture them in a single vision?
It’s only fitting that I would pay homage with my own painting to this fanciful piece of architecture called the Chrysler Building in Manhattan. And that this piece has lived at an architecture firm lately, on display. I love the designs that came out of the Art Deco movement, from architecture to typography to interior design. While I usually paint from my own imagination, I could not resist depicting this iconic design, playful as it is.
“Piazza Anna Sara” is painted from a place inside of me that calls up memories of our family and ancestors from the “Old Country”, as my Grandma Helen called it. For Grandma and the Cozzas, it was Italy. The “Old Country” could be many places, though, given the simple shapes and forms in the painting. I think the painting is more about what a person might have seen on a special night, in a place filled with the glow of wonder, as a child might experience for the first time.
“June Blooms” began as a color study I compiled with my favorite fabric swatches for color inspiration. That’s the first time I used fabrics as an inspiration for a painting.
I have said before that it’s a joy to explore art with so many different media. When a painting is finished, why not create a favorite idea again with fabric and all the interesting patterns we have at our fingertips?
I leave you with an image of a city of imagination and dreams. There’s a jazz tune wafting out into the street, a horn solo playing a song from another time, yet we all remember it and smile.
Thanks for reading,