Title: Margaret and William S. Hart
At 16, Margaret acknowledged her romantic inclinations toward William S. Hart. Her heart had throbbed for him since she was about 8, but even now that she was older, the age difference seemed insurmountable. No matter. She felt the marble busts of her grandfather and grandmother were watching and judging her. She would inherit from her grandmother’s estate soon, she could sell the American Hepplewhite sideboard and flee Philadelphia for Hollywood to be together with William. She was determined to keep herself beautiful for him and based on Mary Pickford’s testimony in McCall’s, she was now using Pompeian Massage Cream. All the stars did, probably even William for even the manly men knew the value of good hygiene. She opened the jar and let the delicate fragrance waft upward, heard the rustle of the palm trees and felt Mr. Hart’s arms enfold her. Passions ignited, she hoped that he shared her fondness for chocolate fudge and Alice Perrin’s books.
Date of Work: Completed - 2011
Size Unframed: 9" x 12"
Medium: Pencil, colored pencil, and collage
Substrate: Strathmore Drawing Paper
The Scene of the Intended Crime • The Vessel that Would Cary the Poison • The Laboratory Where the Plot was Uncovered
Marguerite had just emptied the pill bottle into the beef broth when the Marquise entered the kitchen. Medicine bottle in her right hand she stood frozen in the act while her left hand felt only slightly, the heat of the simmering pot. Marguerite wondered with calm resignation whether she would be imprisoned in America or at home in France. Perhaps her level of anger did not match her employers’ repeated refusal to purchase a new refrigerator for “her” kitchen. In disbelief and with great purpose the marquise turned, left the room and telephoned Ming Lee’s for Chinese take out. The flesh on Marguerite’s left thumb and forefinger slowly began to register its experience on the rim of the pot.
Category: Mixed Media Drawing
Date of Work: December 2010
Size Unframed: 9” x 12”
Medium: Pencil, Colored Pencil, Collage
Title: Richard - A Study in Cultural Transformation
Poetry or Literary Inclusion:
Sub Text: Richard was a man of great resolve, the photo by F. V. E. Stoneham - 79 Cheapside made that very clear. He was a man of advanced sensibilities of course but the photo didn’t portray his liberal nature or that he was something of a rebel in the conservative workings of the Raj. Under the watchful eye of King George V, Richard fell hopelessly in love with Leela and finally married her. Bits of his English life would often surface, but more and more his heart moved toward India - even toward the Hindu religion, though that admission was a long time in coming. Mango custard became a staple on the dessert menu replacing English Trifle and in deference to the household bovine, Richard found himself supporting the Hindu’s reverence for the cow. No more steak and kidney pie not to mention roast beef and Yorkshire pudding. Transmigration was at work.
Date of Work: September 2002
Size Framed: 54.75" x 42.75"
Size Unframed: 50" x 38"
Medium: Pencil, Colored Pencil, Collage, Pastel and Paste wax
Substrate: Lenox Drawing Paper
The snake in the lower right corner is a "Keel-Bellied Water Snake" - Bitia Hydroides - native to India and Southern Asia • The flaming lotus blossom represents both divine revelation and the union of dualistic forces of fire and water, sun and moon, male and female • The flower in the lower left is "Jacob's Ladder" - Polemonium caeruleum - native to Britain • The flower in the upper right hand corner is "Thespesia populnea" native to Southeast Asia