In these works an empty chair symbolizes an invitation, or a record that an invitation wasn’t accepted. An empty chair can also represent someone who was here and is now missing. I use the empty chair to explore rich human themes that are under examined such as domestic violence, prejudice, illness, aging and loss, as well as humor and enlightenment.

You Can Always Hope

Oil on Canvas, 48 x 36

Out of the Wilderness

Oil triptych, 48 x 36

Portrait of a Missing Couple

Oil triptych, 48 x 36

In 1936 Anna Freud coined the term blame-shifting: when a person attributes their own unwanted thoughts, feelings, or motives onto another person (A. Freud, 1936) Blame-shifting destroys the credibility of the innocent and allows the trickster to avoid consequences.

Cleansing the Family of Cult Traditions

Oil triptych, 24 x 36

Missing (with apologies to Theodore Waddell)

Acrylic on paper, 20 x 16

Untold Aftermath

Oil quadriptych, 49 x 24.5

Where are you going with this?

Mixed media, 36 x 37

Missing Matador

Acrylic and ink on paper, 36 x 34.5

Indoctrination of the Innocent

Oil on linen, 24 x 30

Oil on panel, 11 x 30

Targeting Blame (with apologies to Piet Mondrian)

Acrylic on paper, 24 x 30

Emotional abuse is focused on causing the victim to blame themselves.

Balancing on the Rocks

Oil on linen, 9.5 x 11.5

Opportunity Cost

18 x 23, Oil on linen

We All Fall Down

Charcoal and colored pencil on paper, 19.5 x 15.5

Inanimate Escape (with apologies to Eadweard Muybridge) 

Oil on canvas triptych, 25 x 25

Warned to Flee

Acrylic on paper

Ezekiel’s Fire on Mount Carmel

Acrylic on paper, 16 x 20

I Have Replaced You

Oil on panel, 11 x 10

Family Games

Oil on panel, 11 x 10

Without Authentication

Oil diptych, 74 x 48

Telling my story after being stripped of legitimacy by two generations

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