Spring Mask Series, Parts 1 – 4, Four paintings, each 16 inches x 20 inches, oil on canvas, 2013.

Spring Mask Series, Parts 1 - 4, Four paintings, each 16 inches x 20 inches, oil on canvas, 2013.

This series of canvasses, called Spring Mask Series (parts 1 – 4) were the first works I started and completed at the new studio at Joy Street in Somerville, MA. It’s hard to describe how eager I was to start working, and I felt as though ideas were about to burst out of my brain – that’s how liberating it was to come to Joy Street. These masks are hybrids / co-habitations – are they faces, animals, masks alone? They seem to be all of those things or perhaps more. I wanted to explore different ways of portraying masks in motion in very similar palettes, but with very different moods. These works nearly leapt from my mind to the hand to the canvas. Inspiration was instantaneous.

Stick Ball Player (homage to Ben Shahn) 18 inches x 24 inches, oil on canvas, 2012

Stick Ball Player (homage to Ben Shahn) 18 inches x 24 inches, oil on canvas, 2012

This piece was finished at my previous painting space in Watertown, but was first given a view to the world at Open Studios at Joy Street in Somerville in May of 2013. What began as a moody portrait, and a further exploration of the theme of masks soon evolved into the figure of a boy which seemed to embody the spirt of Ben Shahn’s incredible New York street scenes from his lithographs.