Les Délices des Quatre Saisons

My latest work is an expression of my experience in my native Dominican Republic where poverty is at every corner and every turn. I painted ordinary moments in the life of my people, that regardless of the extreme deprivation they may endure, they face every day with hope and an incredibly Joie de vivre.

My subjects are barefoot children playing in the street or working to be able to eat.

My subjects are entire families riding in a single motorcycle being able to laugh at their own circumstances and wave to people passing by.

My subjects are full of beauty, full of grace.

More than show my subjects as I see them, I seek to portrait them with dignity, as human beings trying to do their best to make their way in the world. I hope to be able to show the beauty, the humanity, of all the children and families I encounter. More than this, I strive to depict them with compassion and empathy.

In my work I explore the simplicity of line in contrast with texture, in some of my pieces I used found objects like the toile wall paper I used as background of some of my pieces these help me to make an statement about social inequality.

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Les Delices des Quatre Saisons 6  (triptych). Mixed media on board  24″x 90″

 

 

Les Délices des Quatre Saisons 7, 24" x 18"

Les Délices des Quatre Saisons 7. Mixed media on board, 24″ x 18″

 

2013 Mixed media on paper, 55" x 60"

Les Delices des Quatre Saisons 8. Mixed media on board, 16″ x 20″

 

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Installation of Les Délices des Quatre Saisons

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jade flower
Jade Flower
2012
Oil on Canvas
30″ x 40″

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Sotobosque, 2012
Oil on Canvas
50″ x 75″

THE PLIGHT OF NATURE: RESTORING BALANCE
March 31 at World and Eye Arts Center
during the FAT Village Art Walk 7-11pm

5 Artists grapple with the questions of how to bring humanity into balance with nature. Is the answer scientific or spiritual, personal responsibility or political action? How can we heal our destruction of the earth and stop unrepairable damage? Come see different points of view through the work of Debra Kaszovitz, Mary Larsen, Kristo Nicolas, Doris Rodriguez, and Paula Turk

 

Trichechus Manatus
oil on canvas
48” x35”
2010

In this series of ancient tree paintings I attempted to express the beauty, strength and mystery of earth’s longest living organisms and the relationship between these trees and the survival of wildlife. I am fascinated with the unique qualities of a tree that has been standing for more than one thousand years with it’s broken, wrinkled forms, knotted hollowing trunks, covered with holes and wounds yet still growing and striving.

My love for nature and concern that these trees will be wiped out from our planet forever motivates me to use them as my art subject. I hoped to capture the incredible life force of these ancient wonders in paint. My ecological advocacy through art for these venerable trees.

Selected works from the series:

Angel Oak
Angel Oak / Roble del Ángel, Oil on canvas, 30″ x 34″

Ancient Tree I
Ancient Tree I / Árbol Ancestro I, Oil on canvas, 48″ x 28″

Deep in The Forest
Deep in The Forest / Bosque Adentro, Oil on canvas, 40″ x 30″

Ancient Tree II
Ancient Tree II / Árbol Ancestro II, Oil on canvas, 35″ x 35″

After visiting Van Gogh’s room and the village of Auvers-sur-Oise, I spent the day painting and sketching in the same fields where Van Gogh once painted.Wheat field Auvers-sur-OisePainting: The wheat field where Van Gogh ended his life. Oil on canvas, 8″ x 10″. While painting this scene I teared up thinking about what happened in this field and the sad state this brilliant artist had been reduced to. I brought home some stalks of wheat as a momento.

CoquelicotCoquelicot (poppies), a favorite subject of the impressionists, Van Gogh made several paintings of poppies. I saw them everywhere in Auvers-sur-Oise.

field1012563Another view of the wheat field. Oil on cardboard, 15″ x 12″. I still had energy to paint after 2 canvases so I used some cardboard I had for packing my canvases to capture one more view.

field Auvers-sur-OisePath from the cemetery where Van Gogh is buried to the wheat field. Oil on canvas, 12″ x 16″.

Auvers-sur-OiseThe Van Gogh park down the street from the Maison de Van Gogh.

In the Van Gogh wheat field

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