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Dauphine Eugenie's Apartment, Oil on panel, 2010
Dauphine Eugenie's Apartment, Oil on panel, 2010
Drawing parallels between the practices of the French aristocracy in the 18th century and those of the United States government in the 21st century, the work presented in "And then there was a Revolution" compares events that led to the French Revolution with political decisions that enabled the current U.S. economic crisis and recession to occur. In both instances the greed and excessive desires of a powerful few grew to a level that became unsustainable for the general population to bear. For many, the consequences were disastrous.

Marie and Her Knight in Shining, Oil on panel
Marie and Her Knight in Shining, Oil on panel
A stylistic approach that presents itself as "fairy tale-like" enables the viewer to enter into a dialogue with the work that is as current and timely as it is timeless.

An expression of various opposing sentiments that arise in relationship to the subject matter at hand, we remember the French courts not only for their social and political oppression of the French people, but for their astounding contributions to world culture. This aristocracy fostered the growth of unsurpassed innovation and
artisanship in the fine and decorative arts through their patronage and provision.

The second major source of inspiration for this current body of artwork was spurred by my work as an industrial designer. My heart has been closely tied to producers of products and the artisans who can create the techniques I have desired. Very sadly, in many cases, there are antique techniques that can no longer be re-produced as cheaper,faster means of production became available and consumer tastes and attitudes changed.

The French Royal Manufactory Sevres competed with the Royal German factory Meissen to be regarded as the best in the world. Complex three dimensional forms adorned with hand painted decorations were produced as one of a kind pieces for friends and allies of the French and German courts. Symbols of alignment, the more elaborate the dinner service, the closer the alliance the recipient maintained with the party who had commissioned the gift. These delicate, precious porcelain objects wielded great strength and might as powerful symbols of financial and military power. This relationship between delicacy, and power is one that you will see appearing over and over again in the paintings before you: in the frosting-like application of paint, the delicate layering of glazes, the color choices of pale pinks and baby blues, as well as in the design of the costumes and poses of the figures.Throughout the body of work that comprises "And then there was a Revolution," great respect is paid to the skills and accomplishments of the artists and artisans of France before the revolution, while the immense loss the end of this aristocracy brought to the decorative arts industry is made evident.
The Opera House, Oil on panel, 16x12 inches
The Opera House, Oil on panel, 16x12 inches

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