Submerged

 

In 2009 after the death of my father, I began painting images of people underwater – not swimming or playing in the water, but submerged, fully dressed and floating.

 

The distortion of the water appealed to my sense of the figure and the mystery of loss. The incongruity of beauty, sorrow and death continue to fascinate me.  Each image sits between figuration and abstraction.

Submerged Fragments, 2010
Submerged Fragments, 2010

30 x 22 inches monotype From the Collection of Charles and Eileen Johnson

Tangled, 2010
Tangled, 2010

20 x 15 inches monotype From the Collection of Charlie and Eileen Johnson

Plunging Downward, 2010
Plunging Downward, 2010

22 x 30 inches monotype From the Collection of Riaro Gomez

Head of Eels, 2010
Head of Eels, 2010

30 x 22 inches monotype From the Collection of the Artist

What Remains, 2009
What Remains, 2009

36 x 12 inches oil on hard board From the Collection of Leann Mueller

Downward Plunge, 2010
Downward Plunge, 2010

15 x 20 inches monotype

Fractured, 2010
Fractured, 2010

22 x 30 inches monotype From the Collection of Sandy Dimerio

That Sinking Feeling, 2009
That Sinking Feeling, 2009

36 x 12 inches acrylic and oil on hard board From the Collection of the Municipal District Services LLC, Cypress, Texas

Underdressed, 2009
Underdressed, 2009

18 x 24 inches acrylic and oil on hard board From the Collection of Margaret Wische

Second Thoughts, 2014
Second Thoughts, 2014

oil on canvas 32 1/4 x 39 3/4 inches From the Collection of Riaro Gomez

Oblivion, 2009
Oblivion, 2009

20 x 16 inches oil on hard panel From the Collection of the Artist

Doppleganger, 2011
Doppleganger, 2011

oil on canvas 53 x 57 inches