I'm told by curator Denise Amses that attendance at the opening was in excess of 200 -- unusual for a small gallery. I was lucky enough to win BEST IN SHOW! with my latest portrait. At that time it was entitled "Unwanted Companions"; now I'm calling it Congregants.
Congregants is about the flow of emotions we experience during any given day. We live with them like companions. And unpleasant emotions such as horror, depression and anxiety -- shown here -- are unwanted. This piece, intended as part of a series, shows those three negative emotions in close company with one another; when you feel one, others like it are not far behind. It's best not to encourage them to remain long with you.
This piece was an experimental departure in style for me. While I still strove for accuracy of form, obviously I ventured out in terms of color, wanting color to represent emotion even independent of facial expression.