Cycles
2017 - 2018

After completing a 4 week residency at Chateau d'Orquevaux in the Champagne-Ardenne region of France in May 2017, I began working on a series of paintings of the lilies, roses and tulips that I had in my studio in the chateau. These paintings document the blossoming and eventual wilting of these flowers which still remained beautiful despite being past their prime. The titles of the works come from the love letters from Denis Diderot to his mistress Sophie Volland. Diderot (1713 - 1784) was a philosopher, art critic and writer and a frequent guest at the chateau.

"We talked of art, of poetry, of philosophy and of love." Oil on board 12" x 12" (30.5 x 30.5cm)

"Only your return will bring me relief" Oil on board 12" x 12" (30.5 x 30.5cm)

"How petty and miserable are the raptures of ordinary lovers!" Oil on board 12" x 16" (30.5 x 40.6cm)

"…then we shall embrace and say goodbye" Oil on board 12" x 16" (30.5 x 40.6cm)

"If there is something I regret, it is the time I have not been able to give to you." Oil on board 12" x 12" (30.5 x 30.5cm)

"I love no one but you, I shall never love anyone but you" Oil on board 12" x 12" (30.5 x 30.5cm)

"I shall be where you expect me" Oil on board 6" x 6" (15.2 x 15.2cm)

"I remember dreaming of you" Oil on board 6" x 6" (15.2 x 15.2cm)

"We said little; we felt a lot; we were both suffering" Oil on board 18" x 24" (45.7 x 60.9cm)

"Turn your cheeks to me so that I may kiss them" Oil on board 12" x 12" (30.5 x 30.5cm)

"I shall appear to you when your solitude is complete" Oil on board 12" x 12" (30.5 x 30.5cm)

"I said little. I listened and daydreamed" Oil on board 12" x 12" (30.5 x 30.5cm)

"Time goes by and you are far away." Oil on board 12" x 12" (30.5 x 30.5cm)

"What were you doing while I was wishing you here?" Oil on board 12" x 12" (30.5 x 30.5cm)

"I count on your love, and my love will last as long as my life" Oil on board 12" x 12" (30.5 x 30.5cm)

"the heart beats faster both before pleasure and after it" Oil on board 12" x 16" (30.5 x 40.6cm)

"I console myself with the life-giving certainty that nothing can separate our two souls" Oil on board 18" x 24" (45.7 x 60.9cm)

"Look into your heart and tell me why you are so sincere" Oil on 21 x 30cm paper with 4 deckled edges Framed dimensions 36.5 x 46.5cm

"Whenever I find pleasure, I wish for you" Oil on 21 x 30cm paper with 4 deckled edges Framed dimensions 36.5 x 46.5cm

"they would always speak of you with praise and regret" Oil on 21 x 30cm paper with 4 deckled edges Framed dimensions 36.5 x 46.5cm

"In a moment you will have vanished as if you had never existed" Oil on 21 x 30cm paper with 4 deckled edges Framed dimensions 36.5 x 46.5cm

Pencil study for "In a moment you will have vanished as if you had never existed" Graphite on 21 x 30cm paper with 4 deckled edges Framed dimensions 36.5 x 46.5cm

"We shall all shut one another's eyes in our little castle" Oil on board 9" x 12" (22.9 x 30.5cm)

Fowers in situ

Fowers in situ

In the "Esther's Bath" Atelier at Chateau Orquevaux May 2017

At work in my studio in France.

At work in my studio in France.

Esther's Bath Atelier, Chateau Orquevaux. Photo credit Ziggy Attias

Installation view

Installation view

Art Gallery on Darling 21 - 27 May 2018

Installation view

Installation view

Art Gallery on Darling 21 - 27 May 2018

Installation view

Installation view

Art Gallery on Darling 21 - 27 May 2018

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