Close up

We move in on the eye, it’s shimmering reflections, fluidity, how it conveys awareness.

 

Close Up, acrylics, 40 x 30, 16.5 x 8.25"
Close Up, acrylics, 40 x 30, 16.5 x 8.25″

 

Peg in a Hopper Scene,

Peg in Scene from ‘Water’

I took a scene from The Shape of Water and placed rough images of my wife into the scene.  It’s moody yet comforting simultaneously.  

Peg in a Hopper Scene,
Peg in a Hopper Scene, 11.5*16.5′, 30*42 cm acrylics on paper.

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Couple Views Eclipse in chiaroscuro.

Eclipsing Couple (in chiaroscuro)

Couple looks out of windows as the solar eclipse reaches its apex

 

Couple Views Eclipse in chiaroscuro.
Couple Views Eclipse in chiaroscuro, acrylics on paper 22″ x 30″, 56cm x 76 cm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Couple in Vilnius

 

Among the notable things in Vilnius, the capitol of Lithuania,  are the spires and the architecture, featured in the background of this painting.  Lithuania is nominally a Roman Catholic country, with 75% of the population purportedly members.  However the statistics show that half the population does not believe in the Christian deity.  I have portrayed the irony of this apparent contradiction through the unusual placement and distortion of the spires, which serve at once to unite and divide the couple.

Couple in Vilnius, acrylics on paper, 11.7 x 16.5", A4 30 x 42 cm
Couple in Vilnius, acrylics on paper, 11.7 x 16.5″, A4 30 x 42 cm

 

Young Chechen Man

In the streets of St Petersburg you see people from all over Russia.

Young Chechnyan Man
Young Chechen Man, acrylics on acrylic paper, 21 x 29.7 cm, 8.3

 

 

 

 

 

Young Siberian Woman

Portrait of Young Siberian Woman | Portrait of Young Siberian Woman

Some of the people from the far north are ghost like as they roam the streets of St Petersburg.  This young woman is from Siberia. 

 

Young Siberian Woman
Young Siberian Woman
Young Siberian Woman, on acrylic paper, 21 x 29.7 cm, 8.3 x 11.7″
Vladimir Kara-Murza

Portrait of Vladimir Vladimirovich Kara-Murza, Russian journalist | portrait of Vladimir Vladimirovich Kara-Murza

Twice poisoned journalist and opposition leader Vladimir Vladimirovich Kara-Murza.  Story below.

Vladimir Kara-Murza
Vladimir Kara-Murza activist journalist poisoned, acrylics on acrylic paper, 21 x 29.7 cm, 8.3″ x 11.7″

 

Vladimir Kara-Murza detail
Vladimir Kara-Murza detail
Vladimir Kara-Murza
Vladimir Kara-Murza
Vladimir Kara-Murza
Vladimir Kara-Murza

 

 

He is a well known opposition activist who has faced life threatening conditions twice over the past several years resulting from apparent attempts to assassinate him by poisoning.  Close friend Boris Nemtsov, also an opposition leader, was shot and killed near the Kremlin in 2015.

 

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., called on the Trump administration and new U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to “make Kara-Murza’s cause America’s cause,” to question Russian authorities on the incident and to “ultimately hold Putin accountable if he was targeted by the regime.”   Trump has announced any action and given his unwilling to criticize Putin for anything at all he probably won’t do anything in response.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2017/02/03/russian-activist-felled-2015-suspected-poisoning-hospitalized-similar-symptoms/97437612/

Russian Man detail

Portrait of Russian Man with Hat | Russian Man portrait

 

 

Russian Man
Russian Man, acrylics on acrylic paper, 21 x 29.7 cm, 8.3″ x 11.7″
Russian Man detail
Russian Man detail

 

Couple on Sofa | acrylic painting

Couple On Sofa 

Another in the Enamorado Con Amor/In Love with Love series.  Part of love is intimacy, but of course not all intimacy denotes love.  Here it does, and the couple sparkles in the play of light and shadow and smoke in a turn of century setting based on a scene in Downton Abbey.

Couple on Sofa, 1.5m x .95m, 57 x 37" acrylics on canvas
Couple on Sofa, 1.5m x .95m, 57 x 37″ acrylics on canvas

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