SEASCAPE & LANDSCAPE
Smooth Sailing on Sunshine, ink on paper
based upon photographs from a visit to Stonington, Maine
A few years prior to my brain injury, I spent time during summer break visiting a dear friend, who is my teaching mentor and a wise soul, on an island near Stonington, Maine called Sunshine. Indeed, the landscapes on Sunshine are lit up with rich textures created by the bright sun, the colorful rocks, the changing tides, the array of lobster boats and sail boats, and the wild berries. It is a happy, peaceful place I dream of returning to when my recovery allows. The sleepy town has fine art galleries and by far the best lobster and fried oysters on the planet. But if you want to swim, bring your wetsuit.
Wetlands Whimsical Weeds, ink on paper
based upon memories from my childhood on Long Beach Island, NJ
This was one of the earliest illustrations I created following my brain injury. It took several days to complete. I need many meditation breaks while relearning how to organize materials and create a composition that included perspective.
The cool soothing periwinkle and hydrangea colors are the ones most chosen by survivors of brain injury for light therapy. I only learned that fact several months after my injury from my brilliant neuo-optometric doctor at Holistic Vision. These colors remain my fiercest friends today and continue to offer a sense of calm, serenity in all of my work.
Sailing Tribute to Claude Monet, ink on paper