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Little Moments 

June 26- September 24, 2023

Rare Bird Coffee

Falls Church, Virginia

Artist Statement

I am an abstract landscape painter who explores subtle changes in familiar everyday spaces and how memory creates an abstract understanding of place. Often, we understand the feeling of a place more than we observe it. I believe abstract painting is democratic, as the viewer can add their own perspective, and I invite you to add your memories when viewing my landscapes. The mid-Atlantic has its own visual ecosystem: the traditional red brick colonials, our bright front doors, and the natural neon hues of azaleas, hydrangeas, and crepe myrtles. Building texture and depth on the canvas, I paint vivid colors layering feelings and emotions. My art is purposefully playful and imperfect. Throughout the series Little Moments, I avoided paintbrushes as much as possible, by using recycled materials and tools to print on the canvas. With the final layer, I add mark making, which creates a playful topographical composition with unrefined lines. In this series, I explore landscapes in Falls Church, finding beauty in the overlooked corners and spaces that feel routine, but could be magical little moments in the Little City.

 

Living in Northern Virginia my entire life, the landscape has experienced rapid shifts and changes. As the Little City grows, it pushes away the old motels and it brings new local businesses. My series Little Moments hopes to acknowledge our past, while also look to our present and future landscapes with optimism. My large painting How do birds view the eye of the Little City? ties together the boundaries of the city and county borders of Falls Church. In 1890, the predominately white Falls Church seceded the land south of Washington Street, including the historic Tinner Hill, to Fairfax County to dilute the black vote. By 1912, the city voted that no new black people could move into the town of Falls Church. The Tinner & Henderson families fought these actions. My hope in the painting is to bring awareness to our history and cultivate a more inclusive present, understanding any distinctions between city and county has its roots in segregation. 

Detail: How do birds view the eye of the Little City?

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Music tumbled into the street creating a new State altogether. 

Acrylic and mixed media on canvas, 16” x 16” Sold

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The buzz of the espresso steamed out the door

Acrylic and mixed media on canvas, 16” x 16”. Sold.

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A simple home, creaking with love

Acrylic and mixed media on canvas, 16” x 16” Sold.

The motel disappeared into the memories of motorways ago.

Acrylic and mixed media on canvas, 16” x 16” Sold.

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She sat on her toadstool and declared it Mushroom Park! 

Acrylic and mixed media on canvas, 18” x 18”. Sold.

Backyard folded into Nature.

Acrylic and mixed media on canvas, 18” x 18” $400

Currently in the show GASP at the Artists in Middleburg

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Big Chimneys- where the littlest of Falls Church meet. Acrylic and mixed media on canvas, 18” x 18” $400

Currently at Stylish Patina in Falls Church, Virginia

When everything shutdown, we kept the lights on Broad Street.

Acrylic and mixed media on canvas, 18” x 18” Sold

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Climbing up the hill, we paused for the Tinners.

Acrylic and mixed media on canvas, 20” x 20” Sold

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The trails swerved through the little city. 

Acrylic and mixed media on canvas, 20” x 20” Sold

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The sun guides the children to the creek at Shady park.

Acrylic and mixed media on canvas, 20” x 20” $475

Currently at Stylish Patina in Falls Church, Virginia

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The Falls Church settles into dusk 

Acrylic and mixed media on canvas, 20” x 20”

No Longer Available

You never knew who was coming or going on the W&OD trail bridge. 

Acrylic and mixed media on canvas, 20” x 20”

No Longer Available

Have You Ever Noticed the Sunlight: The Barn at Cherry Hill

in collaboration with Lisa Green

Acrylic and mixed media on canvas, 26” x 30”. Sold.

A Neoclassical Spring 

Acrylic and mixed media on canvas, 30” x 30” $1100

Currently at Stylish Patina in Falls Church, Virginia

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How do birds view the eye of the Little City?

Acrylic and mixed media on canvas, 40” x 40” $1900

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