I Miss Your Music

I Miss Your Music

This is a painting that is about missing my grandfather’s jazz music. 18 X 24 $200

I Miss Your Music

I Miss Your Music

This is a painting that is about missing my grandfather’s jazz music. 18 X 24 $200

Honey Pots

Painting in Process

I’m experimenting with including paintings in process at times on this site. The painting I am currently working on is another from the coloring book series. I will post the “finished” version as well. 14 x 11 NFS yet

Honey Pots

Painting in Process

I’m experimenting with including paintings in process at times on this site. The painting I am currently working on is another from the coloring book series. I will post the “finished” version as well. 14 x 11 NFS yet

Grandpop

Holding the Ocean

I painted this after my grandfather, Joe Fruscione, died. I have many memories spending time with him by the ocean. The styrofoam cord around the canvas represents the rope that he used to tie around the jetties when we went

Grandpop

Holding the Ocean

I painted this after my grandfather, Joe Fruscione, died. I have many memories spending time with him by the ocean. The styrofoam cord around the canvas represents the rope that he used to tie around the jetties when we went

MultipleChoice

Multiple Choice

This semester, my Intercultural Communication students asked me to include multiple choice questions on a quiz. I had a long discussion with the students about how much I dislike multiple choice questions because they assume that there is one correct

MultipleChoice

Multiple Choice

This semester, my Intercultural Communication students asked me to include multiple choice questions on a quiz. I had a long discussion with the students about how much I dislike multiple choice questions because they assume that there is one correct

How

I’d like to…

I painted this after watching the video of a police officer shooting a homeless man in Los Angeles. I was thinking about how caution tape warns us to stay away from incidents. What if caution tape said “how?” as in

How

I’d like to…

I painted this after watching the video of a police officer shooting a homeless man in Los Angeles. I was thinking about how caution tape warns us to stay away from incidents. What if caution tape said “how?” as in

4 eggs

4 Eggs

This is the third in a series of egg paintings. 16 X 20 $100

4 eggs

4 Eggs

This is the third in a series of egg paintings. 16 X 20 $100

EggNest

Nest Egg

My safety net is and has always been words which can be changing and impermanent. Sometimes they can feel strong, powerful and safe and sometimes letters are like egg shells. This painting is made with a blown out egg, egg shells

EggNest

Nest Egg

My safety net is and has always been words which can be changing and impermanent. Sometimes they can feel strong, powerful and safe and sometimes letters are like egg shells. This painting is made with a blown out egg, egg shells

Egg Painting

Untitled Egg Painting #1

This is the first in a series of paintings that explore the paradoxical fragility and strength of life and words. $200

Egg Painting

Untitled Egg Painting #1

This is the first in a series of paintings that explore the paradoxical fragility and strength of life and words. $200

Echo

Echo I Am

This piece plays on the word ecco which means, in Italian, “here you are!” and an echo, the verbal confirmation of here-ness when one shouts into an empty space. It further plays with the Latin phrase,  ecce homo or “behold

Echo

Echo I Am

This piece plays on the word ecco which means, in Italian, “here you are!” and an echo, the verbal confirmation of here-ness when one shouts into an empty space. It further plays with the Latin phrase,  ecce homo or “behold

orangemoon

Quiet Edges

Quiet Edges incorporates natural, soft and body-like shapes along with geometrical shapes. 18 X 24 Collection of Melinda Canter  

orangemoon

Quiet Edges

Quiet Edges incorporates natural, soft and body-like shapes along with geometrical shapes. 18 X 24 Collection of Melinda Canter  

proust

Remembrance Of Things Past

This painting contains the first three pages of Proust’s Remembrance of Things Past. SOLD.  

proust

Remembrance Of Things Past

This painting contains the first three pages of Proust’s Remembrance of Things Past. SOLD.  

livehereanymore

I Do Not Want To Live Here Anymore

I Do Not Want To Live Here Anymore has over sixteen layers underneath its mortared surface. Underneath the surface are leaves, internet printouts and a great deal of words. The only words that remain in the final presentation are I do

livehereanymore

I Do Not Want To Live Here Anymore

I Do Not Want To Live Here Anymore has over sixteen layers underneath its mortared surface. Underneath the surface are leaves, internet printouts and a great deal of words. The only words that remain in the final presentation are I do

healing

Healing

Healing was the first painting that I completed after a year break from painting following the loss of most of my possessions including all of my art until that point. Without thinking about what I was trying to achieve, I

healing

Healing

Healing was the first painting that I completed after a year break from painting following the loss of most of my possessions including all of my art until that point. Without thinking about what I was trying to achieve, I

orbs

You Could Open

I painted this after revealing a friend’s secret that I should not have revealed. I was processing the pain of having hurt this friend as I worked on this canvas. Often stitch-shaped lines appear on my work. Perhaps, through painting,

orbs

You Could Open

I painted this after revealing a friend’s secret that I should not have revealed. I was processing the pain of having hurt this friend as I worked on this canvas. Often stitch-shaped lines appear on my work. Perhaps, through painting,

still there

Still There

I am prone to putting a lot of lines, shapes, colors and forms onto the canvas. Still There, a work that uses the visual vocabulary of a photographic diptych, is about realizing all that is still there in the process of

still there

Still There

I am prone to putting a lot of lines, shapes, colors and forms onto the canvas. Still There, a work that uses the visual vocabulary of a photographic diptych, is about realizing all that is still there in the process of

erasure

Erasure

These are the first in a series of images created with chalk on canvas. They are about the human impulse to erase painful memories and how that which is erased or crossed out remains as part of the texture of

erasure

Erasure

These are the first in a series of images created with chalk on canvas. They are about the human impulse to erase painful memories and how that which is erased or crossed out remains as part of the texture of

faucet

Faucet

I have a fascination with faucets, drainpipes, buckets and other objects humans make to tame and make use of water. This is a painting of a faucet getting tangled in its own landscape. 18 X 24 $250

faucet

Faucet

I have a fascination with faucets, drainpipes, buckets and other objects humans make to tame and make use of water. This is a painting of a faucet getting tangled in its own landscape. 18 X 24 $250

center

Inner Geometry #1

A black line of varying widths and lengths features prominently in my work. In my Inner Geometry series, I explore how the chaos of my inner life can sometimes only be tamed by the lines I draw to block off

center

Inner Geometry #1

A black line of varying widths and lengths features prominently in my work. In my Inner Geometry series, I explore how the chaos of my inner life can sometimes only be tamed by the lines I draw to block off

dressdream

Dream

  Dream is about the subconscious. One can dream in vibrant color and feel that the dream is of the utmost importance, but upon waking, the language of the dream can be like sloppy handwriting evaporating from the surface of

dressdream

Dream

  Dream is about the subconscious. One can dream in vibrant color and feel that the dream is of the utmost importance, but upon waking, the language of the dream can be like sloppy handwriting evaporating from the surface of

disembodiedvoice

Disembodied Voice

This image is about the clutter that can alter the clarity of one’s own voice. The first piece of the text on this painting was “while I am elsewhere.” From that point, I started to paint and mortar on canvas

disembodiedvoice

Disembodied Voice

This image is about the clutter that can alter the clarity of one’s own voice. The first piece of the text on this painting was “while I am elsewhere.” From that point, I started to paint and mortar on canvas

ElizabethCataneseRiver

River

I began River by placing mortar in the center of the canvas and writing “this is the place where words wash away.” Next, I spelled words with their letters out of order. I filled in the rest of the image

ElizabethCataneseRiver

River

I began River by placing mortar in the center of the canvas and writing “this is the place where words wash away.” Next, I spelled words with their letters out of order. I filled in the rest of the image

BrickFlame

Red Brick House

I spent a lot of time in my grandparents, Rose and Joe Fruscione’s, red brick house. While the words on this canvas do not all relate to memories formed at their house,  I see this as the space where my memory

BrickFlame

Red Brick House

I spent a lot of time in my grandparents, Rose and Joe Fruscione’s, red brick house. While the words on this canvas do not all relate to memories formed at their house,  I see this as the space where my memory

Another Self to Save

Another Self to Save

This piece incorporates memories along with motifs of fire, smoke and the body. The shapes and colors at the center of the canvas are deliberately ambiguous. Some people have seen a woman; others have seen a dress or an elk.

Another Self to Save

Another Self to Save

This piece incorporates memories along with motifs of fire, smoke and the body. The shapes and colors at the center of the canvas are deliberately ambiguous. Some people have seen a woman; others have seen a dress or an elk.