Fundamental Freedoms
The paintings in this collection celebrate heroic efforts by committed, passionate individuals to fight for fundamental freedoms. Diverse as the figures depicted are, what they have in common is bravery, curiosity, creativity and a willingness to endure hardship to help others.

Other paintings in the collection draw attention to lost freedomsThey mirror the suffering that has become so commonplace in today’s media – distancing and desensitizing us to the plight of the individualI believe this is part of the reason why people are so fearful and resentful of refugees from war torn countries.

I am inspired to become a better person by studying the lives and works of these incredible people, and my hope is that others will feel the same.

Malala Yousafzai (2017)

Oil on Canvas 40 x 40" Malala Yousafzai was 17 years old in the portrait I painted of her. She holds her hand across her heart in gratitude after being announced as a recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, on October 10th , 2014. She is the youngest person ever to have...

Sylvia Pankhurst (2018)

Oil on Canvas 40 x 40" Sylvia Pankhurst - Artist, Suffragette, Human Rights Campaigner (1882 - 1960) Sylvia Pankhurst was the daughter of Emmeline Pankhurst, founder of the British militant group, the Womens Social and Political Union (WSPU) - better known as the...

Compassionem (Pieta) (2017)

Oil on Canvas 40 x 60" My decision to paint the ‘Pietà’ came after reading a piece by George Saunders on the role of artists at times like these: “...the people making a lot of these Trump initiatives don’t seem able to imagine the actual victims of their programs….So...

Lost Property (2018)

Oil on Canvas 30 x 40" This is one of the most difficult pieces I've ever painted.   I organized and curated an art exhibition with my group, the Tahoe Activist Artists last year, entitled ‘We the People: Visualize a World of Conversation and Connection’. One of the...

John Muir (2018)

Oil on Canvas 40 x 40" "When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe"   - John Muir This painting is done in one colour - raw umber (with a little black). It is essentially an extended underpainting - this is how...

Harriet Tubman (2017)

Oil on Canvas 40 x 40" This larger-than-life portrait of Harriet Tubman is painted in oils on canvas, gallery wrapped on a 1.5" heavy-duty frame. The textures underneath the paint lend the portrait a symbolic quality only visible on close inspection. From a distance,...

Marie Curie (2017)

Oil on Canvas 40 x 40" https://youtu.be/8tbNniNbLSg Marie Curie (7 November 1867 – 4 July 1934) was a Polish and naturalized-French physicist and chemist who conducted pioneering research on radioactivity. She was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, the first person...

Albert Einstein (2017)

Oil on Canvas 40 x 40" Since the 2017 Presidential Election, I have felt compelled to contribute in some way to the growing voice of protest. We are in the midst of a great societal and global paradigm shift, and I feel that the role of artists is to use this negative...