PERFECT FAMLILIES
From 2006 to 2010 I focused on a project called Perfect Families, painting portraits of alternative and mixed race families, primarily my friends and neighbors in New York City. I see these real people as archetypes for the contemporary American family at a time when mixed race families, trans-racial adoption and above all, same sex marriage and parenting continue to challenge assumptions about societal norms. My personal experience of life in a conspicuous family, since my younger daughter was born with Down Syndrome in 2003, has been a direct inspiration for this body of artwork.

The most recent paintings on this theme focuses almost exclusively on hands and gestures, to express relationships which transcend the politics of religion, race and gender.

Baby and Mother in Black Shirt
2010
Oil on canvas
20" x 20"
Father and Baby
2010
Oil on cnvas
20" x 20"
12. Mother and Baby in Striped Suit
2010
Oil on canvas, 20” x 20”
20. Child and Mother in Grey Shirt
2010
Oil on canvas
20” x 20”
Siblings
2010
Oil on canvas
20" x 20"
Mother and Baby in Blue
2010
Oil on canvas
20" x 20"
Family Group
2009
Oil on wood panel
16" x 20"
Collection of H. and M. Shiau
Mark Anthony
2006
Oil on wood panel
16" x 20"
Collection of M. and K. Bazzuti-Jones
Girl with Hair Untied
2009
Oil on wood panel
22" x 20"
Asta with Her Baby Sister and Parents
2009
Oil on wood panel
22" x 20"
Collection of J. Countryman
Deb and Mia with Their Sons Noah and Nate
2009
Oil on canvas
24" x 36"
16. Mother and Daughter
2009
Oil on canvas
8” x 11”
Rebecca and Lawrence with their Children Thomas and Grace
2006
Oil on wood panel
22" x 20"
Collection of R. Kendall
Olivia with Her Sister, Mom and Dad
2009
Oil on wood panel
16" x 20"
Ruthann and Joyce with Their Children Joel and Olivia
2009
Oil on canvas
24" x 36"
Pia, Bobby and their Daughters Camilla and Olivia
2006
Oil on wood panel
22" x 20"
Collection of B. and P. Harden
Vanessa
2006
Oil on wood panel
22" x 20"
James
2006/09
Oil on wood panel
22" x 20"
Foye
2006
Oil on wood panel
22" x 20"
Mike
2009
Oil on wood panel
22" x 20"
Grace With Her Mom and sister
2006
Oil on wood panel
22" x 20"
Rebecca and Lawrence With Their Children Thomas and Grace
2006
Oil on wood panel
20" x 22"
Collection of R. Kendall
Amy with Her Children Maya and Calder
2006/09
Oil on wood panel
22" x 20"
30. Len and Fernando with Their Daughter Isa
2009
Oil on wood panel
22" x 24"
Lea, Carolyn and Their Son Eli
2006
Oil on wood panel
22" x 20"
Collection of C. Montgomery-Forant
Barbara and Jerry with their Daughter Simone
2006
Oil on wood panel
22" x 20"
Collection of G. and B. Theis
A Scottish/Nigerian Wedding: Mrs. Julie Aghanya of Glasgow. Mother of the Bride
1995
Oil on canvas
48" x 48"
Family Portraits
2010
Oil on canvas
6 of 20" x 20"
Gallery view, Art at First exhibition, NYC,
January 2010

Family Portraits
2006
Oil on wood panel
6 or 20" x 20"
Gallery view, Art at First exhibition, NYC,
January 2010