The Family, Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy, 2023 Oil pastel on vintage tapestry 63 x 180 cm
This work is inspired by the opening phrase from Tolstoy's novel Anna Karenina (1877) "All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way." This is also known as the Anna Karenina principle
Basic Beetle, 2021 Oil painting on needlepoint tapestry canvas. 113 x 50 cm
Needlepoint tapestries were very popular in France. I still see them all the time on the farms here in the neighborhood. They were a popular pastime during the winter. The popular subjects of the tapestries are an ideal starting point for visual research.