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I have been making art and design for decades. I have been a graphic artist, jewelry, furniture and clothing designer, painter and print maker. I’ve exhibited my artwork in numerous group and solo shows in the US and Europe. I am originally from Queens, New York where I received a Bachelor's Degree in Anthropology from Queens College. I hold a Master of Arts Degree in Humanities from California State University Dominguez Hills and a Practice-based Doctoral Research Degree in Fine Art-Painting from De Montfort University in Leicester, England. I also hold another Master of Arts Degree in Education. I have taught studio art and design, art history, research, and education for over 12 years at the graduate and undergraduate levels, online and on ground. I live in Asheville, North Carolina with my husband of 40 years. I have 4 children and 1 grandchild. I facilitate workshops in art, craft and design at The Urban Art Retreat and Studio in Asheville, North Carolina. Visit the website at theurbanartretreatandstudio.com

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Birds of Paradise Lost

Birds of Paradise Lost
Oil on Canvas 48"x 60"

Apicture should  say a thousand words, but in case it doesn't for you, maybe this poem will.

The Birds of Paradise Lost

In paradise on a warm summer day
The birds are left in utter dismay.
The eagle falls to his untimely death
While the wild rooster steals his nest.
The splendid phoenix cannot rise
Thru the glass ceiling built of lies.
The owl hides his knowledge in the tree's hollowed rot
And the nervous flamingo ties her neck in a knot.
The majestic crane lies dead on the ground
As the anxiety among the birds abounds.
Still, the feathered serpent loses his prized duality 
While those hideous vultures wait patiently.
The colorful songbirds sing the blues
As the angry crow squawks and spews
His utter contempt for a peacock that scoffs
And laughs at paradise lost.