On occasion, I will create a piece that expresses my point of view on a social topic, a specific issue or an event. One example of this was after a visit to the Sachsenhausen concentration camp outside Berlin, Germany in 2009. I was deeply moved by that sober experience and upon returning home, I created a piece called Purple Triangle. The painting is simple in its appearance but the purple triangle is powerful in its message.
However, most of the time I work on abstract paintings that are not intended to convey a message, but rather, are to be attractive pieces that you will want in your home and work spaces. I love to use bold colors, lots of texture and unique shapes; and I like to try new materials and techniques. My pieces tend to evolve organically while I’m working with them.
- Bottom Line: I feel that art should not only be observed in certain places at certain times, but should be part of our daily lives and enhance our surroundings.
- About the Purple Triangle: This was the symbol worn by prisoners who were Jehovah’s Witnesses in the Nazi concentration / labor camps. They were the only group of people in the camps that had the power to leave by agreeing to sign a form renouncing their religious beliefs whereby they would be freed immediately. However, their loyalty and conviction would not allow them to do such a thing; and becasue of their firm stand they were abused, tortured and some killed. This is a less often discussed group regarding WWII and the Nazi Regime.