What I love most about painting is observing a subject so intensely that everyday associations melt away and it becomes something unfamiliar—like repeating a word over and over until it loses meaning and becomes just a sound. The experience of painting common subjects reveals just how unknowable they truly are. The more I look, the more mysterious the world becomes: we are on an alien world enveloped by other life.

I think of my paintings as part of the Vanitas tradition, a genre meant to remind viewers of the fleeting nature of life, wealth, relationships, and understanding. That may sound maudlin, but the acknowledgment of impermanence allows me to more richly appreciate my present experience.

You are invited to view Other Life, my solo exhibit of paintings and drawings at Gallery Henoch in NYC, from September 24–October 17, 2020.

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Bouquet (24 x 24, Oil On Panel, 2019)

Bouquet (24 x 24, Oil On Panel, 2019)

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Annie
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1 year ago

Beautiful! Love the intricate details!

#2

Dark Still Life (60 x 60, Oil On Canvas, 2018)

Dark Still Life (60 x 60, Oil On Canvas, 2018)

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Annie
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1 year ago

The combination of colors, shapes, and patterns is gorgeous

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Nimbus (60 x 48, Oil On Canvas, 2019)

Nimbus (60 x 48, Oil On Canvas, 2019)

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Ninja Nonna
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1 year ago

Glorious!

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#4

Romanesco (24 x 24, Oil On Panel, 2019)

Romanesco (24 x 24, Oil On Panel, 2019)

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Annie
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1 year ago

Such fine details. The artist must have incredible patience! : )

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#5

Radicchio (16 x 14, Oil On Panel, 2020)

Radicchio (16 x 14, Oil On Panel, 2020)

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Cherries (16 x 20, Oil On Panel, 2020)

Cherries (16 x 20, Oil On Panel, 2020)

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Lynn Dougherty Quin
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1 year ago

This is my favourite! So life-like!!

#7

Tomato (9 x 9, Oil On Panel, 2020)

Tomato (9 x 9, Oil On Panel, 2020)

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Gretchen Matiatos
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1 year ago

As a tomato lover, this really speaks to me!!!

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Avocados (11.5 x 14.5, Oil On Panel, 2020)

Avocados (11.5 x 14.5, Oil On Panel, 2020)

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Ninja Nonna
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1 year ago

Beautiful.

#9

Wild Rose (4 x 4, Oil On Panel, 2017)

Wild Rose (4 x 4, Oil On Panel, 2017)

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#10

Giant (40 x 50, Graphite On Paper, 2002)

Giant (40 x 50, Graphite On Paper, 2002)

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Iris And Rose (40 x 50, Oil On Canvas, 2019)

Iris And Rose (40 x 50, Oil On Canvas, 2019)

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Up All Night
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1 year ago

I don't know why, but this is the one I would put on my wall.

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Scorpion (4 x 4, Oil On Panel, 2017)

Scorpion (4 x 4, Oil On Panel, 2017)

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Lynn Dougherty Quin
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1 year ago

This looks like a photograph!! In fact, all are painted so beautifully and skillfully that they could easily be mistaken for still-life photography. Amazing talent!

#13

Blue Crab (12 x 16, Oil On Panel, 2020)

Blue Crab (12 x 16, Oil On Panel, 2020)

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#14

Vespertine (12 x 9, Oil On Panel, 2007-19)

Vespertine (12 x 9, Oil On Panel, 2007-19)

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Lynn Dougherty Quin
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1 year ago

This is exquisite!!

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Oysters (12 x 16, Oil On Panel, 2020)

Oysters (12 x 16, Oil On Panel, 2020)

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Wide (14 x 20, Graphite On Paper, 2002)

Wide (14 x 20, Graphite On Paper, 2002)

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#17

Varied Thrush (24 x 30, Oil On Panel, 2020)

Varied Thrush (24 x 30, Oil On Panel, 2020)

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White Asparagus (12 x 16, 2020)

White Asparagus (12 x 16, 2020)

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