Saturday, September 28, 2013


Perplexity is painted in the style called Curvismo, developed by Ricardo Chavez-Mendez, an artist from Mexico. The curved lines and colors take the viewer on a journey much like that of a time lapsed video of a growing vine. It is life, with all its unexpected twists and turns and the question of where it will take us next. The original is one of three pieces recently selected to be exhibited at the New Mexico State Fair Fine Art show.

36"X 36" SOLD

Friday, August 16, 2013

Art Accepted For NM State Fair!

An important milestone has been achieved!  My fine art goals for this year included entering one new piece into the New Mexico State Fair Fine Arts competition.  I entered three, and to my great surprise all three were selected by the judges.

The originals are available for sale.  Scroll down to the previous individual posts below. 

You can read more about the fair art exhibit on my fine art web page:

I hope you are able to make it over to Expo NM Fine Art Gallery to see them and all the great art that will be on exhibit!

Purple Hyacinths - Oil on canvas 18X24

Support - Oil on canvas 20X24

Perplexity - Oil on canvas 30X30

Friday, June 14, 2013

Dancing Hyacinths

Dancing Hyacinths 18" X 24" Oil on canvas 

Dancing Hyacinths is another piece in an ongoing series of collaborative works begun as a sketch by the late artist Brandon Crotty, and completed by me under the direction of Ricardo Chavez-Mendez.  Using techniques of Curvismo developed by Ricardo, for this piece I have also applied my own style, but maintained the integrity of the unfinished composition sketched by Brandon.  This collection is a tribute to his passion and talent for art.  A portion of the proceeds from purchases of these collaborative works will be donated to the New Mexico Philharmonic, formerly the New Mexico Symphony, as Brandon was a supporter of them and their music.  This was one of three originals accepted to be exhibited at the 2013 New Mexico State Fair - Fine Arts.

The original is available for purchase at CDA and 50% of proceeds will be donated to an ME/CFS charity.

Friday, June 7, 2013


20" X 24" Oil on canvas

"Support" is part of a collaborative series begun by the deceased Albuquerque artist Brandon Crotty, and they were completed by me under the tutelage of Ricardo Chavez-Mendez.  Although I remained true to Brandon's original compositions and basic colors, I applied Curvismo techniques and additional contrast in values, along with my own concepts.  A portion of the proceeds collected from the sales of this collaborative project will be donated to the Albuquerque Philharmonic, formerly the NM Symphony Orchestra, who Brandon supported. This project is a tribute to him.

This original piece is available for putchase on CDA and 50% of proceeds will go to an ME/CFS charity.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Invitation to Artist Reception & Exhibit

Please bring your guests and join us for an artist reception this Saturday, April 13th  from 11 am to 1 pm featuring new, collaborative, and previous creations by Albuquerque artist Claudia Goodell! If you are unable to come at that time the art will be remain on exhibit to the public (Tuesday – Saturday) through the first week of May. 
M & Company is located at 10701 Montgomery Blvd. NE Albuquerque, NM


Saturday, March 16, 2013

Four Seasons

Four Seasons is complete!  After nearly a full year this large scale transitional piece is finished.  It is the first painting of my own in which I utilized some of the style called "Curvismo", developed by my mentor and teacher Ricardo Chavez-Mendez.  In the process of learning Curvismo as well as many other lessons in color theory, brush stroke, composition, etc. my own style seemed to emerge.  This new personal style was also influenced by other artists, as well as nature, science fiction and music.

Four Seasons is a 4' x 12' oil painting and is comprised of four 3' x 4' individual panels that together create a wall mural depicting my version of the seasons of life. 

The series began with a simple charcoal drawing of a woman done by the deceased artist Brandon Crotty.  I wanted to incorporate one of his sketches into an original painting of mine, and when I came across one he had done in an open studio of a woman sitting with her knees up and arms around them I knew it was the one.  When I sketched it onto the canvas her left arm seemed to be masculine, so I created a man next to her. The rest of the composition flowed from there, with the appearances of a nautilus, a labyrinth, and water to further capture the idea of being encapsulated.  This became Spring, when all of life is like a seed. 

After this I had a dream that this was to be a series of pieces depicting the four seasons, and that each panel would have a man and woman inside or on something.  I played Vivaldi's Four Seasons while painting.

In Summer all of life seems to be rapidly growing, and the two are unaware of the explosions of color that are occurring while they nap in the heat of the day.  To me this represents that time of life when we are so busy with everything that life flies past us without us always taking notice. 

When we reach Fall we have matured enough to understand that in order to appreciate life we must slow down and enjoy each and every moment.  Here the couple enjoys playing on a pinecone while the winds of autumn are blowing.  Having a chronic illness for many years I have learned how to slow down, and I remember that shortly after my diagnosis and all the loss that followed I described feeling as though the whole world was blasting past me on a fast train while I was sitting still on the platform watching. Now I understand that being still and observing allows us to experience so much more of life. The couple in this panel is taking the time to just be, while the world is doing.

With Winter comes wisdom and awareness of what is to come.  Time seems to pass so quickly that while the couple is in the midst of their frozen surroundings they are keenly aware of and look almost confused by the sounds and sights just off the canvas.  Is it Spring that is coming or the end of life?

Ironically the panel I expected to challenge me the most, and that I thought I would like the least has turned out to be my favorite, and flowed the best.  From the beginning I thought the final panel, Winter would be drab and dull, and not so fun to paint.  It would represent the cold, empty end of life, loss and even sadness.  During this time my Mother was hospitalized for 3 weeks and while in skilled nursing she suffered a major cerebellar stroke.  I spent that time helping her and my Dad, and facing my own personal fears of death, loss and my own mortality.  We all made it through that difficult time and my Mom is recovered and well.  When I returned to painting Winter I had a fresh perspective on the later stages of life.  I incorporated human qualities like strength, perseverance, love, patience, free will and compassion. In the end I think I enjoyed the process of composing and painting Winter  most of all. 

Many things have transpired during this creative time, and I have grown so much as an artist and a person.  Painting is my passion, but also an outlet for the creative energy that returned to me when I became ill.  I am thankful that I am able to pursue this interest and hope that my work will be interesting to the viewer.  I am most grateful to my mentor and teacher Ricardo Chavez-Mendez at Oro Fine Art Gallery for creating a non-threatening and welcoming environment in which to learn, and for his willingness to adapt to various learning styles.  He is always able to find potential in his students' work, and he overflows with enthusiasm and sincere encouragement.  He also has a penchant for the use of metaphors to help us remember our lessons.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Fall and Winter of the Four Seasons

I finally finished working on the male and female subjects in Fall and Winter of the 4 part series "Four Seasons", and next week I will put all four panels side by side to do fine details before varnishing.  I see finalization in the very near future!  I am constantly amazed at how much I have learned over this nearly 11 month project.  It was a massive undertaking, and I am so happy I wasn't aware of that at the start.  Ricardo has been a very patient and supportive teacher.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Radiant Rose

Just playing around in the studio with this one to see how I could simulate the look of stained glass.  It's oil on a 10" X 10" X 1 1/2" wood panel $50

Here is a detail image of the point where the bud meets the stem.