Three Gunscapes which appeared in the In( )side art exposition in the Vrij Paleis, Amsterdam, September, 2020
Painted in June 2020
Oil on wood, 30 x 50 cm
Six small Gunscapes in oil on wood, 2020
Paintings based on the clip of an AR15 rifle, 2020
Oil on linen and wood, varying sizes
Road, a big Gunscape based on an AR15 rifle, May 5 2020
Oil on linen, 120 x 195 cm
Three Gunscapes, August 2020
oil on wood, 30 x 50 cm
Four Gunscapes based on a wooden model rifle, 2019-2020
oil on wood and acrylic on paper
I was born in Berkeley, California in 1970 and have lived and worked as an artist in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, since 1995. My first studio was in the Amsterdam Nieuwmarkt neighbourhood, the same area where Rembrandt lived and painted. Inspired by this incredible history, I painted realistic portraits in oil paint and learned as much as I could about traditional painting techniques. In 2015, after completing more than 130 commissioned artworks, including sixty works for the permanent collection of the Amsterdam Jewish Historical Museum, I began to feel a deep desire to take my work to the next level.
To help myself reach this goal I enrolled in the full time studio art program at Wacker's Academie. Working with the well known artist Sam Drukker as my mentor I started a body of work in which I paint guns to look like landscapes. As the wife of a soldier, the violent nature of humans is an unavoidable topic in my life. In these "Gunscapes" I attempt to strip guns of their inherently violent function by abstracting them and transforming them into something else.
I graduated from Wackers Art Academie on June 7th, 2019. Here is a short film about my graduation work:
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