JO CALDWELL, San Diego, California artist, Lizard and Eggplant, 2001, 24" x 30" oil on canvas (framed size: 24-1/2" x 30-1/2") signed/dated on the back. Provenance: Orlando Gallery, Tarzana, California. I wrote to the artist and she informed me that this painting was inspired by a trip she took to Oaxaca, Mexico. The artist has her own website. Great painting! Condition: A few frame nicks.
Artist's statement: "I grew up in a pine forest in New England and studied oil painting at the Museum of Fine Arts School in Boston. There I was trained in the exacting European traditions brought by artists who fled from Europe and its nightmares. I was wrenched from this life of creativity to live in virtual isolation for many years in a Quaker community in the jungles of Costa Rica. During that time I immersed myself in literature, philosophy and social conceits.
Art was not only the central gift of my childhood but put me on a path that eventually led me to earn a BA in 1988 from UCSD, followed by an MFA from Cal State Fullerton - where I taught a class in Beginning Painting in the fall of 1993.
Essentially my work is about people, their appearance, their confusions, their inability to be at peace. Man and his ability to reason and make choices is the standard and root of all art, whether figurative or abstract.
I have exhibited in juried and invitational exhibitions in Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego counties. My work has been in juried exhibits in the Galleria OtraVez. the San Diego Museum of Fine Arts, the California Center for the Arts, the Oceanside Museum of Art, and in invitational exhibitions at the Downey Art Museum, the Irvine Fine Arts Center, MiraCosta College and Southwestern College."
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