Isolatoes, 2008-2012

"They were nearly all Islanders in the Pequod, Isolatoes too, I call such, not acknowledging the common continent of men, but each Isolato living on a separate continent of his own. Yet now, federated along one keel..." (Herman Melville, Moby Dick).

Abstract narrative landscapes depicting various chapters from Moby Dick. These paintings were part of the Isolatoes (Moby Dick) project which also included a series of videos and a multi-media web project.

The Street

The Street (Anthem), 2009

The Mast-Head

The Mast-Head,2009

The Chase-Third Day

The Chase-Third Day, 2009


The Mat-Maker, 2010

The Line

The Line, 2010

The Grand Armada

The Grand Armada, 2010


Wheelbarrow, 2009

The Dying Whale

The Dying Whale, 2009


Pico, 2011

Santa Luzia

Santa Luzia, 2011


Loomings (Airport Way)

The Prairie

The Prairie (San Joaquin), 2011

Island, 2003-2008

"For us geography is history, and it is no accident that our written memories are about fifty percent comprised of accounts of earthquakes and floods. Like mermaids' ours is a double nature: we are made of flesh and stone. Our bones have deep roots in the sea." (Vitorino Nemésio)

The source for these paintings and related videos is the landscape of the Azores Islands in particular Pico and Faial.


Landscape, 2005


Mistério, 2005

Black Rock

Black Rock, 2005


Archipelago, 2005


Faial, 2005


Women, 2004


Group, 2005


Geography, 2007


History, 2008


Farol (Lighthouse), 2008


Bowl, 2005


Matança, 2006

Tulips, 1997-2004

The tulips are too red in the first place, they hurt me. Even through the gift paper I could hear them breath. (Sylvia Plath)

A series of collage paintings and works on paper inspired by gardening, travel and the political upheavals of the time. The full series of works on paper from this period have been gathered in a book titled Notebook.


Iris, 2001

The Colonists

The Colonists, 2000


Grace, 1999

Family Reunion

Family Reunion, 2002


Lagoa, 2002


Pedro&Inês, 2002

Inês de Castro

Inês de Castro, 2003


Surveillance, 2003


Vindima, 2000

Works on Paper

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Madwoman in the Attic, 1990-1996

After a long time I heard her say as if she were talking to herself, “I have said all I want to say. I have tried to make you understand. But nothing has changed.” She laughed. (Jean Rhys)

Many of the works in this series are derived from literature discussed in The Madwoman in the Attic: The Woman Writer and the Nineteenth-century Literary Imagination by Sandra Gilbert and Susan Gubar published in 1979. Short stories referenced include: The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gillman and A Jury of Her Peers by Susan Glaspell Keeting. Novels include The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath and The Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys. Poetry includes The Three Marias: New Portuguese Letters by Maria Isabel Barreno, Maria Teresa Horta and Maria Velho da Costa based on the seventeenth century Letters of a Portuguese Nun. This series also included an artist book titled Cantigas which was reissued in 2017.

The Actress

The Actress, 1994

Primeira Carta

Primeira Carta, 1994

Bell Jar - det

Bell Jar detail, 1996


Boxer, 1991

Emperors fly

Emperor's Fly, 1992


Michael, 1991

Yellow Wallpaper installation, 1990

I really have discovered something... The front pattern does move - and no wonder! The woman behind shakes it! Sometimes I think there are a great many women behind, and sometimes only one, and she crawls around fast, and her crawling shakes it all over. (Charlotte Perkins Gillman)

On February 6th we moved (Dora, Katharine and I) to 1258 Webster Street, taking three furnished rooms... On the eighth: 'I take Katharine to her first school, Miss Wyman, on Alice Street a lovely girl, the teacher, just a pleasant little home school, Kate likes it.' (Notes about Gillman's time in Oakland from her 1935 autobiography, The Living of Charlotte Perkins Gillman)

Yellow Wallpaper was a site specific installation at the Alice Hotel, Alice Street, Oakland, California. It was inspired by Charlotte Perkins Gillman's short story, The Yellow Wallpaper (1892), an early feminist work about attitudes towards women and women's health. The installation included the act of tearing out wallpaper, writing and drawing on the walls, sound and performance.

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