Paintings: Miniatures

These paintings are made in the style and with the technique of traditional Indian Miniature Painting. I am drawn to this tradition because of its use of intense, saturated pigment, symbols that portray the landscape of the mind, and a peculiar sense of space in which figures hover between the volumetric and flat. This visual and conceptual "in-betweeness" as well the acute attention to detail suits my subject matter and artistic temperament. The miniatures are made on handmade Wasli paper: layers of cotton rag paper bound together by flour and water, stretched on a board and then burnished to a smooth, firm surface. ("Wasli" is the Persian word for lovers.) I use my finger as the palette for the watercolor pigment; my skin absorbs the excess water when I lift paint with an extremely fine-haired brush. The semi-dry colors are laid down in single, very small strokes that blend optically. Gold leaf is added at the end or during the process.

Tease Me Like You Do, 2004

Tease Me Like You Do, 2004
8½" x 7", Gouache, watercolor, gold leaf on Wasli paper

To My Heart the Waters Rise, 2004

To My Heart the Waters Rise, 2004
8½" x 7", Gouache, watercolor, gold leaf on Wasli paper

Catch My Drift, 2003

Catch My Drift, 2003
8½" x 7", Gouache, watercolor, silver point on Wasli paper

Daddy Never Sleeps at Night, 2003

Daddy Never Sleeps at Night, 2003
8½" x 7", Gouache, watercolor, gold leaf on Wasli pape

Go Get Lucky, 2003

Go Get Lucky, 2003
10¾" x 9", Gouache, watercolor, gold leaf on Wasli paper

I'll Fly Away, 2003

I'll Fly Away, 2003
9½" x 7½", Gouache, watercolor, gold leaf on Wasli paper

I Love You to Pieces, 2003

I Love You to Pieces, 2003
8" x 6¼", Gouache, watercolor on Wasli paper

One Way or Another, 2003

One Way or Another, 2003
8½" x 7", Gouache, watercolor, gold leaf on Wasli paper

Pick of the Litter, 2003

Pick of the Litter, 2003
9" x 10¾", Gouache, watercolor, gold leaf on Wasli paper

Suspense, 2003

Suspense, 2003
9" x 7", Gouache, watercolor, tea on Wasli paper