Martinis & Music
Martinis & Music, 2002
Acrylic on Wrapped Canvas
18 in x 36 in
This painting was the first of my work in this style, although this particular style of mine has moved further away from purely geometric to a more fluid cubism. I was at my sister’s house in Seattle when I started this painting and actually remember balancing the canvas on her kitchen counter while trying to use pieces of wood (or whatever I could find) to draw the long lines that transverse the composition. I also remember that the stars were traced from a scrapbooking stencil that I owned at the time.
If you hadn’t guessed, the singer in the painting is me. Singing is one of my passions and I’ve always had this thought that some day I’d be singing in a really cool jazz club. Who knows, I might still get there. For now, I can look at this image and dream.
I will always cherish this painting because it was so significant for me. I created it at such an early stage in my painting career and it was one of the first times that I wasn’t looking at someone else’s art to learn. I just picked up a pencil and random things around the house and went for it. I proudly hung it on my wall and it stayed there until one of our oldest family friends saw it and asked about it. He is an art collector and when he told me that he thought it was really great, I remember feeling so validated. The painting is now a part of his collection.