I have been painting the dress for over a decade. Two years ago, while on a boat with my husband, I placed it in the ocean. The shape and texture of the fabric, the quality of light and the differences between wet and dry surfaces was visually compelling and inspired my most recent work.

Upon reflection, the dress revealed itself as a metaphor. Due to an unexpected spiritual experience in my life, the worn and well-traveled dress represents renewal by light and water.

Exquisitely represented, your serene and evocative paintings remind me in palette and style of the Aesthetic Pre-Raphaelitism in painting. Here, I would note recognition of Ruskin’s tenant for artist as prophet. Several of your paintings carry this theme forward, hauntingly.
Your dress images, especially those in water, are not merely mysterious and fragile but wonderful metaphors for the conditions and circumstances of women.
... I am awed by your articulation and precision in painting light for description in full disclosure.
The idea of the dress standing in for the woman at the same time being separate physically (obviously) and culturally intrigues me. What is a dress without its (woman) wearer is quite a different issue from what is a woman without her dress.
Your dresses provoke so many ideas — freedom, resistance, the passage of time — and loss. They look so organic in their settings — there is an element of surprise, but it is also like the water welcomes them in.