I’m not sure why I’m taken with her paintings, perhaps because the people she paints are ordinary people. They look like people I know. Maybe they’re people she knows. Her work make me think of the early 20th century realists like Edward Hopper though her style is different.
I like the color palette she uses. It’s clean, rich and bright. It feels natural. Her work has simplicity to it that betrays the difficulty of painting in the style of realism. And though the subjects feel posed, the poses are unpretenious.
Perhaps I’m drawn to her work because it suggests to me that it’s possible to capture the beauty, color, and dignity of ordinary life through the ancient and venerable art of painting. Camera be damned.