Immigrants

We are a country of immigrants, and New York City has been an entry point for people from all over the world. As an English as Second Language Teacher I was fortunate to hear the stories of many who have arrived here looking for a better life. My students' life stories inspired me to paint a series of paintings based on their lives and to connect to my own ancestors' experiences.

What Might Have Been, 1995, oil paint on linen, 40" x 75" (private collection)

What Might Have Been, 1995, oil paint on linen, 40" x 75" (private collection)

Journey, 2015, oil paint on linen, 40" x 30"

Journey, 2015, oil paint on linen, 40" x 30"

Bosnia, 2002, gouache on paper, 30" x 22" (private collection)

Bosnia, 2002, gouache on paper, 30" x 22" (private collection)

Body Politic, 1993, gouache on paper, 30" x 22"

Body Politic, 1993, gouache on paper, 30" x 22"

Frontier, 1995, gouache on paper, 30" x 22"

Frontier, 1995, gouache on paper, 30" x 22"

Traveling, 1993, gouache on paper, 30" x 22"

Traveling, 1993, gouache on paper, 30" x 22"

Chance, 2016, oil paint on canvas, 40" x 30"

Chance, 2016, oil paint on canvas, 40" x 30"

Passengers, 1991, oil paint on linen, 72" x 80" (private collection)

Passengers, 1991, oil paint on linen, 72" x 80" (private collection)

Civilization, 1990 oil on linen, 70" x 56"

Civilization, 1990 oil on linen, 70" x 56"

Continuum, 1989, oil paint on linen, 69" x 62"

Continuum, 1989, oil paint on linen, 69" x 62"

Working, 2004, oil paint on linen, 56" x 42" (private collection)

Working, 2004, oil paint on linen, 56" x 42" (private collection)