About the Work

My paintings are succulent in color and reductive or repetitive in composition. The grid provides an underlying structure for much of my work. Its textile sensibility comes courtesy of my DNA, as I am the great granddaughter of a weaver, the granddaughter of a tailor, and the niece of both a dressmaker and a lacemaker.

Silk Road

Installation of Silk Road in solo exhibition From Dawn to Dusk, at Odetta Gallery, New York City, 2019

Silk Road is chromatically juicy and compositionally reductive. I refer to it only partly tongue in cheek as “lush minimalism.” Each painting in the ongoing series is a small color field composed of layers of translucent wax paint. The series, which I began in 2005 and have worked on for some part of each year since, was inspired by the shimmery quality of iridescent silk, hence the title, but has evolved into a more expansive exploration of hue and surface. In plying a richness of paint against a limited palette in each painting, I aim to set in motion a small-scale dynamic in which more and less jostle for primacy. Working sequentially allows me to develop a number of chromatic ideas, each discrete, which converse well in groupings and grids. I've limned the perimeter of each painting with a complementary, or complimentary, hue. My intention is to enliven the color field while at the same time creating a visual spark that jumps the eye from painting to painting.


The first six Tutto on the studio wall

2022, acrylic or oil on panel, some with colored pencil or oil pastel

16 x 12 inches

The first work of 2022, Tutto, continues the visual themes I’ve been working with for the past couple of years: a divided field, a strong emphasis on the horizontal, and saturated color. However, the paintings you see here are on panel rather than paper. The first four in the series are primarily acrylic; the two after that, oil. On the easel at the moment is a large stretched canvas that I’m working in acrylic; on the wall, a large panel to be worked in encaustic. Painting on canvas is different from painting on panel, painting large is different from painting small, and painting with tube paint—oil or acrylic—is very different from working with molten wax. I have been working in all of these mediums for many years, but always in discrete series. I see Tutto—Italian for all-- as an opportunity to work out one idea via a range of materials surfaces. We’ll see. What one envisions is not always the way it plays out.


Five Mezza on the studio wall. The series comprises 25 works,

from 30 x 22 inches to 14 x 11

Mezza is the third of three series on paper produced during the pandemic. Mezza means “half” in Italian, an obvious nod to the way I divided the field. Working with two halves is a chromatic challenge, because not only do I need to make each half work on its own, but both halves need to work together visually. In the darkest days of the pandemic, especially, it was a joy to be surrounded by such lush and uplifting hues. Mezza consists of three sizes: 30 x 22 inches, 20 x 14, and 14 x 11. The paper (which I used as a full sheet, as well as halved or quartered) is 300-pound Arches hot press, which has a velvety surface. Its substantial thickness is sufficient to absorb the water media I used—gouache, watercolor, and wax emulsion—without buckling. 


Installation of Vico on my studio wall. Twelve from this series of 27

have gone to a private collection on Boston

Vico is a new series, completed in 2021. Worked in oil mediums (oil stick, oil pastel) on prepared handmade paper, it is an exercise in color, material, and process—a celebration of life beginning to return to normal after a pandemic year of relative isolation


Installation of Riz on the studio wall before individual pieces were sent to galleries in Atlanta, Chicago, and New York City

Image below: Each Riz comes in its own portfolio

Summer is my time to work on paper, but with the pandemic I ended up working on paper for most of 2020 and 2021. Riz, so titled because I'm working with horizontal bands of color, is the first of three series I produced during this period. These paintings are oil on handmade paper, each 14 x 14 inches. There is no "meaning" here, just a chance to visually dive into deep, rich, color. Each painting comes in its own portfolio.

Chromatic Grids

A selection of Joss on the studio wall

The work in this section comprises several series on paper and panel spanning the mid-2000s to 2019. I've grouped them because, despite differences in size and medium, the grid is both the subject of the paintings and the means by which I paint them. As a kind of macro weave the works here express my textile sensibility, relating directly to Silk Road, Soie, and Swipe. Should you be interested in seeing more, email me and I'll put you in touch with the gallery closest to you that represents me.

Chromatic Geometry

Chromatic Geometry 13, 2013, encaustic on two panels, 24 x 48 inches

With Chromatic Geometry, I’ve skewed the conventional 90-degree intersecting grid so that it has become a field of attenuated diamonds that are integral to the visual structure of the painting. Formally I’m thinking about the division of the diamonds into greater or lesser amounts, allowing me to resolve relationships of color and shape. Each little triangular shape is a fulcrum that affects the equipoise of the field. However, with the horizontal division of the field into two hues, something else is taking place: an ambiguous figure-ground relationship. Those differently sized triangles are now visually kinetic, shifting between foreground and the deeper space suggested by that planar meeting of hues. I hadn’t intended it, but there it is, a welcome surprise in the order of things.


Swipe 14, 2016, oil on 300=lb. Fabriano hot press, 30 x 22 inches

Being accustomed to fast-drying mediums—encaustic, gouache, graphite in alcohol—I was surprised to find myself drawn to oil for this series, but the schmear of oil yields a surface like no other. And half-dry oil paint invites incursions. What I love about the medium is that as I scribed into it, the displaced paint built up in globs along the skived ridges. There is no underlying meaning here, just a love of material, color and process.


Soie 10, 2010.gouache on Rives 140, 22 x 30 inches

In this small series of gouache-on-paper paintings I explored grid as weave, or perhaps its opposite. Soie is related conceptually to Silk Road, but it is as easy and light as encaustic is demanding. Gouache is velvety and flat, and it flows off the brush. (Soie is, of course, French for silk. I wanted a title to signal a connection to its related series without being too obvious.) Turning the square on its axis changed everything about the composition. The diamond asserts itself, pushing rigorously outward while remaining resolutely poised.

Diamond Lattice

Diamond Lattice 25, 2012, graphite and micaceous oil stick

on Fabriano 300 lb. hotpress, 30 x 22 inches

Usually color is the focus of my work, but an achromatic palette affords me the opportunity to mine the rich tonal variation inherent in black and white. In Diamond Lattice I worked with two interacting diamonds afloat on a field of indeterminate space. Receding and advancing, the diamonds carry out a pas de deux in each work and, I hope, a larger interaction when viewed as a group. Diamond Lattice was painted on 300-lb. Fabriano hot press, a heavy watercolor paper with a surface rich enough to absorb the density of powdered graphite. In the latter part of the series I introduced micaceous pigment to impart a shimmer that seemed right for the concept of “diamond.” Though the shimmer may not be initially apparent, it becomes visible when you view the work from an angle.

Silk Trail Prints

Silk Trail 342, ongoing series, unique digital

print on 11 x 8.5 inch archival paper

Silk Trail began in 2010 when the cyan in the all-in-one color cartridge ran low as I was printing. What I’d wanted was the image of one of my Silk Road paintings. Instead, I got one with bands and striations. Bands of color signaled the last gasps of uniform color; fine striations were the machine’s vain attempt at producing the color field. The composition was minimal but the color was rich, an accident I could work with since that’s what my paintings are all about, too. I overprinted that first print with a different image. Then I sent the sheet back through the printer, but from the bottom rather that the top. Pleased with what I saw happening, I printed many pages multiple times. The results were glorious: overlays of slightly out-of-register color with a gouache-like richness or a watercolor-like veil. Quite literally out of the blue I stumbled upon a new way to explore color that is very much in keeping with the way I paint: layer on layer, relying on the interaction of hues to produce richness and depth. Production of the prints is sporadic. I get to make about 20 at the end of the life cycle of each color cartridge. I work primarily with an HP office printer on Epson archival print paper. Each print is unique and sufficiently archival to last a lifetime.