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Artist Statement

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          In my portraits I focus on capturing the essence and the emotions of the individual. I have been inspired by the paintings of Rembrandt, Vermeer, John Singer Sargent, Claude Monet, Marie Cassatt, Berthe Morisot, Edgar Degas, Edouard Manet and other impressionists.

           I have always admired Renaissance artists depicting fashion in their paintings. These artists were also known for creating costumes, designing textile patterns and embroidery. Flemish artists like Rubens, Anthony Van Dyck also found inspiration in clothing. Van Dyck's portraiture gave us the knowledge of the fashion worn at the court of Charles 1 in 1630's. 

My body of artworks highlights the vital relationship between fashion and art during the tumultuous years of 1960's and 1970's.  The vibrancy of the Sixties and Seventies fashion inspired me to create paintings of the icons and celebrities who reflect the spirit of these decades in my series Homage to Art of Fashion.  I also wanted to capture the events of each decade that influenced people's lives, by creating canvases with the headlines and the photos of major events. 

  Honore de Balzac wrote:  "fashion is the expression of society....fashion is, all at once an art, a custom, a sentiment."