Exuberance Paintings

The title of this series announced itself in my head one day when I was looking at my painting, On Saturn's Edge, Exuberance. A mouthful of a title, to be sure, though the way the metallic leaf pieces formed in the wet paint did somewhat resemble the rocky outer rings of Saturn. It wasn't until later that I learned from Lyn Cowan's book, Portrait of the Blue Lady: The Character of Melancholy, about the ancient mythology of the Roman god Saturn and his association with melancholy, as well as the intimate relationship between exuberance and melancholy.
As I created more and more canvases with intense colors and metallic leaf, it struck me that the vibrance of the colors and the bright shininess of the metallics accurately expressed my experience of exuberance—that intoxicating feeling of unrestrained enthusiasm for life.


PORTAL

acrylic, colored pencil, glass beads, metallic leaf

on linen canvas with painted edges

60in x 40in x 2.5in

2018

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SILVER LINING I
oil, acrylic, metallic leaf, mica flakes
on cotton canvas with painted edges
20in x 10in x 3in
2009

 



SILVER LINING II
oil, acrylic, metallic leaf, mica flakes
on cotton canvas with painted edges
20in x 10in x 3in
2009
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THE GOLD WILL OUT
oil, acrylic, charcoal, metallic leaf, mica flakes
on cotton canvas with painted edges
30in x 30in x 3in
2009




EMERGENCE
acrylic, pencil, metallic leaf, wax
on cotton canvas with painted edges
36in x 50in x 2in
2013






ON SATURN'S EDGE, EXUBERANCE

acrylic, metallic leaf

on cotton canvas with painted edges

36in x 48in

2006

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ON OUR WAY

acrylic, metallic leaf

on cotton canvas with painted edges

36in x 48in

2006

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GRAPHITE SHADOW

acrylic, metallic leaf

on cotton canvas with painted edges

30in x 30in

2006

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LAYERS OF YOU, LAYERS OF ME

oil, pencil, metallic leaf

on cotton canvas with painted edges

Text Reads: layers of you // layers of me

40in x 30in

2005

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TACTILE LUNAR

acrylic, metallic leaf

on cotton canvas with painted edges

60in x 36in x 1.5in

2007

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TRUST THE PROCESS I

acrylic, glass beads, metallic leaf, colored pencil

on linen canvas with painted edges

60in x 40in x 2.5in

2017

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COME TOGETHER II

oil, metallic leaf

on cotton canvas with painted edges

20in x 20in x 3in

2008

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