Chinoiserie Obsession

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How this collection came to be:

I have been photographing blue and white porcelain for years. I am obsessed with it. I am not exactly sure why, but I am drawn to it like a magnet. Studying the shapes and forms as I have been painting them has been a very peaceful and serene experience. I have them all around my house. I use them to hold brushes in my studio, dog treats for my lovey, Cricket, flour and sugar in my kitchen… Candy I am trying to hide from people. I printed out a selection of my photographs and brought them with me this past October to Chateau Orquevaux, an artist residency I was awarded in France.

I gave myself a month to explore painting outside of my comfort zone of the traditional Boston School training I received. During my time in France, I was painting large expressive, oversized depictions of Graffiti doorways from Trestevere in Rome, and also doorways from The Jewish Ghetto in Rome. In between the high energy and excitement of those broad brush-stroked pieces, I would paint a Chinese pot to give me a sense of order and peace… and to be honest, maybe a sense of control. I am so used to being a perfectionist. I loved studying the shapes and color variations and intricate detail of the different designs and subject matter. I was already using gold leaf in my details of my large Italian paintings, so I decided to experiment with adding touches of gold leaf in my blue and white porcelain watercolors. The collection was created subconsciously, organically and accidentally out of something that gave me a sense of love and joy and peace


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