This piece began as collaboration with my dear friend Deb when she was ill. There was a painting she had seen and loved yet could not afford so during her treatments and times together, we sat and talked about the painting and what she loved about it… exacting lines, structure, colors that we both loved. So, with that piece as my point of departure and our mutual affection for jewel tones, I began the journey. I discovered to my surprise that organization is quite pleasing. I began with mapping out my piece, then collage, followed by a tempera base and on to water-based oil with a final hit of traditional oil. Two coats of a gloss finish at the piece’s completion gave “Deb’s Song” that extra pop of “zing.”
It was my hope that Deb would gaze at each brushstroke and be witness to the fact that every mark expressed my love for her and wishes for good health, the latter of which did not come to fruition. Deb passed away a short time after this piece was hung. With her passing came an opportunity to continue her legacy with the sale of this painting and a limited series of reproductions, helping to continue her legacy of directing children’s theater productions and loving her kids. A portion of proceeds of this piece and the limited reproduction series have/will continue on in Deb's memory.
Featured at "Healing Art Stories," the Capital Health - Hopewell show; a giclee reproduction is available for purchase with a portion of proceeds directed to the Arts & Healing Program at the hospital, of which I am deeply committed.
media: tempera, acrylic, oil paints, paper on board
original in private collection, 48 inches x 48 inches
limited reproductions available