Little Consolation Series 2022 –
Now upwards of one hundred and fifty pieces at the time of this writing, these 7 x 5 x 1 inch mixed media works on wood panel allow me to hover between abstraction and representation while addressing a free-floating range of subjects such as memories from personal history, love of nature and wilderness and animals as well as the endless cycle of catastrophic events, whether it be social, environmental and/or humanitarian, taking place at any given moment around the world. It depends on what’s in the air – literally and figuratively sometimes.

While the Series, begun in the early days of 2022, does little or nothing to alleviate the tragic global condition, in some small but significant way, it allows me to cope with the struggle of a meaningless existence and keeps me grounded and focused for the tasks at hand, namely, engaging in an increasingly confusing and highly-charged world. I tend my garden, I visit the nurseries, I dig in the mid-day sun, I plant the natives that will attract the pollinators and feed the birds, I recollect a past life with ponds and dogs who loved to swim and eat blueberries as much as we did, juxtaposed with tending declining parents through many long distance drives; cancelling trips because of wildfires and COVID-19 and so on and on. I struggle to reconcile famine, rape, torture, massacres with the charmed life of an artist who can go to the studio every day and can totally shut the world out with the closing of her door. It is that easy, if little consolation.

Beacon, NY
June 13, 2022

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Staggering Toll
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Fantasy
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Death by Plastic
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Unsung
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Aix-en-Provence c. 1987
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Childhood Bliss
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Riding Lessons
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Deadly Embrace
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Taking Advantage
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Illuminated Tree, Sils Maria
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Homeward Bound
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Totem
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Cooperation
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Not Every Circle is a Pond
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Cypress
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Turbulence
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Forever Waiting
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Not There Yet
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Adoration
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Uneasy Alliance
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Unexpected
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Deconstructing Summer
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Mother & Calf
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Fragile Existence
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Vessel
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Hare
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Momentary
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Whales Sleep With Half Their Brain to Avoid Drowning
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Precarious
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Fir
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Proxy War
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Florescent Forest
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Passing Through
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A River Runs Through It
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Water Dragon II
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Realignment
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Breaking Through
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Slow Motion
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Everyone is Deconstructing Something (It Seems)
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Eternal Ridgeline
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Tree in Nighttime Landscape
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Girl with Bird
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Boy with his Dog, Again
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Forest for the Trees
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Missing Link
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Coincidence
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There Was a Pond
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Superstition
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Bluebird II
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Countries Without Borders
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Huddle
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Old Growth Forest
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Solitude
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Perennials
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Shelf Life
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One Heartbeat Away
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Archipelago
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Fragile Borders
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Mother's Day Never Gets Old Just More Painful
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Darkly
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Whaling History is a Sad Sad Story
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Introspect
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Unspoken For
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Visionary Tree
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Lone Pine on Rocky Outcrop
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Eternal Recurrence
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Tree at Midnight
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House Sparrow
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Red and Yellow with Green
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The Well
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Ghost Boy
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Breaking Wave
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Dancing Walrus (after Tim Pitsiulak March 10, 1967- December 23, 2016)
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Vocabulary
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A Boy and His Dog in Northern Saskatchewan
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Another Lifetime
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Deliverance
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Affinity
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New Gatekeepers
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Water Dragon
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Filling in the Gaps of our Brief Existence
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Words to Live By
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Inquiry
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Aquatic Reverie
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Misplaced
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Moose
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Poppy
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Whales Sleep
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Trail
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Sleeping Pod
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Last Breath
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Postcard
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Stand of Pines
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80 Acres and a Pond
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Passing Through
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Look Back
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Tidal Pool
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At the Edge of the Universe
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We Knew It was Coming
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Blink of an Eye
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Sea of Sorrow
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Deep Forest
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Little Consolation
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Requiem
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Border Crossing
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Standby
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Tom and Zaci in Northern Saskatchewan
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Wavelength
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Nocturne
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Quartet
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What is Resilience Anyway?
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Still Life
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Indigo Sleeping Pod
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Botanical Garden II
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Message
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Skerry
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Task at Hand
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Reworking Nostalgia
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Wishful Thinking
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Sleeping Pod
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Heat Wave
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Haiku
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A Long Time Ago All Was Well, Briefly
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Outside My Studio Window
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Blues
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Infinity
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Island Reverie
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Botanical Garden
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Jubiliant
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Quietude
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The Idea of North
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Yellow Tree
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Blue Bird
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Sleeping Humpback
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Red with Green Tree
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Peregrination
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Here and Now
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Never Enough
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