In France I find a connection to the history of painting and a way to locate myself as an artist. I have been leading painting tours there for ten years and it was in the city of light that the chandelier took hold as a series. After the 2015 terrorist attacks in France, I began a series of paintings about the resilient and enduring quality of café life in Paris. Returning to the city after the attacks challenged my own sense of security but within 24 hours, I saw how life continued, full of vitality and verve.
The Paris series uses motifs of sidewalk cafes, iconic alleys and sparkling chandeliers to evoke a strong sense of place. I am placing the viewer in either in the center of the scene, or as witness, where the buildings, windows and streets, harbor or protect the emotions aroused. The weather, light and atmosphere activate the scenes.