Artistic Beginnings: Dashed Dreams
Dashed Dreams - A Record of Baby's Days is a series of paintings and drawings I completed upon finding a manila envelope after my parents deaths. The envelope simply labeled “Cynthia Damen ” was filled with snapshots of a sister I never knew. Cynthia died just two months before I was born. Her death left a pall of sorrow over the family for decades. These works inspired by these photographs are the foundation and the beginning of artistic issues I have mined since 1999. The following portfolios are divided by themes but they address in varied ways the concerns of children’s emotional development, grief, the presence of myth within the ordinary and the inexplicable persistence of the past within the present.