Playing For Your Supper

Playing For Your Supper      oil, sculpture, fabric, plastic, found objects on canvas       48" x 48"|

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3D Peoplescape

I first conceived of this technique over twenty years ago, combining my love for sculpting and painting.  Experiencing the characters come to life is thrilling to me, and the third dimension has supplied a valuable tool for integrating the social message with the painting's overall design and form. My decision to transform an oil on canvas Peoplescape into a 3D painting is intuitive and often not part of the original conception. Once I break the plane of the canvas, I selectively incorporate sculpture, found and created objects, fabric, and paper as the narrative unfolds.


Check, Please

Check, Please
      oil, sculpture, fabric, found objects, jewelry on canvas   36" x 36"

A cerebral game of chess is being played between the forces of good and evil,
where good is winning. The cat watches as the devilish powers disregard
the rules and attempt an underhanded invasion.


Day at the Circus
      oil, sculpture, fabric, mixed media on canvases      48" x 48"

Patriot Act

Patriot Act
      oil, sculpture, tile, fabric, paper, found objects on canvas     24" x 36"

The tranquil and panoramic hot-tub setting, where the characters privately
luxuriate, is in stark contrast to the provisions of the Patriot Act, which seductively
diminishes our fundamental liberties.


Metro Underground      oil, sculpture, fabric, paper, mixed media on canvas        48" x 48"

The urban subway captures a multi-cultural moment in time. The train’s signage addresses
universal health, reproductive rights and safe-sex issues


Backstage      oil, sculpture, fabric, found objects on canvases      
36" x 36"

dressing room

The Dressing Room , oil, sculpture & mixed media on canvas    30" x 40"

This backstage glimpse of the dressing room during a performance addresses our relationship
to ourselves -- how we feel and how we appear to the world.  The costumed subjects are staring
at their own reflection, while preparing to take on another persona.


Walk of Life
      oil, sculpture, fabric, found objects on canvas       30" x 40"

Running towards infinity on the pavement of options.


Rainmaker       oil, sculpture & mixed media on canvas      40" x 30"


The Threshold    oil, sculpture, found objects, mixed medial on canvas    40" x 30"

No. 72 - Barry Bonds

No. 72 - Barry Bonds
       oil, sculpture, fabric, found objects on canvas          30" x 40"

Sponsored by BALCO, Enron, and the other bad boys, is Barry Bonds’ home run record tainted?


Cruising       oil, sculpture, fabric, paper, found objects on canvas     40 " X 30"

poet laureate

Poet Laureate - Jack Hirschman         oil, sculpture, fabric, paper, leather, found objects on canvas   30" x 40"
              on display at the Beat Museum, San Francisco
Catskill aerobics

Catskill Aerobics         oil, sculpture, fabric, found objects on canvas       30" x 40"

Palm of my hand

Palm of My Hand
      oil, sculpture, fabric, glass. wood, found objects on canvas        10" x 13" x 3"

Corner of Now & Later

Corner of Now & Later
  oil, sculpture, fabric, paper, found objects on canvas   48" x 36"

How a moment in the space of time can change your life.


Downtown      oil, sculpture, fabric, paper, found objects on canvas      36" x 48"

No Free Lunch

No Free Lunch       oil, sculpture, fabric, paper, found objects on canvas         48" x 48"

The  near future of commercial travel is highlighted:  advertisements blare on the 
overhead compartments, while the air hostess sells oxygen, toilet paper and water. 
Bernie Madoff sits beside a woman studying up on his corruption in Madoff Gate.

Composition in Alter Ego Major

Composition in Alter Ego Major         oil, sculpture, fabric, found objects on canvas         36" x 36"

Double Trouble

Stupor Market   oil, sculpture, fabric, paper, found objects on canvas    48" x 48"

Addressing the toxins in our every day foods.

Bread to Chips

Bread to Chips
      oil, sculpture, fabric, paper, computer chips, found objects on canvas      40" x 30"

We dine out in style, but our food has changed due to technology infiltrating every aspect of our lives. 
The bread basket holds computer parts; the waiter serves keyboard lettered "BIOTECH,"
the painting of the incubated apple symbolizes our adaptation to processed foods.

More Than Meets The Eye

Catbird Seat       oil, sculpture, paper, found objects on on canvases      30" x 36" x 3"

            Nancy Calef
Check, Please
Just Say No
Live Long and Prosper
Day at the Circus
The Threshold
Playing For Your Supper
No Free Lunch
Homeland Cafe
Live Long & Prosper      oil, sculpture, fabric, found objects on canvas      30" x 40"

The pharmaceutical industry's race to monopolize the market is challenged by mother nature.
Tote board displays the odds and five year projections.

Red Bikini

Inevitability Line       oil, sculpture, fabric, paper, found objects on canvas          40" x 60"

Live Show

Live Show        oil, sculpture, fabric, paper, found objects, leather on canvas          24" x 36"


Interiors   oil, sculpture, barbie doll parts, found objects, on canvases 30" x 13" x 3"

If They Only Knew

If They Only Knew
      oil, sculpture, fabric, found objects, mixed media on canvas      36" x 48"

The newsroom fills our collective brain with information clips of life's
bizarre and surreal headlines. How often do we get the real story?
Stupor Market
Inevitability Line
Live Show
Looking Up
bread to chips
Patriot Act
Cat Bird Seat
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Palm of My Hand
Catskill Aerobics
If They Only Knew
People's Poet Laureate
Composition in Alter Ego Major
Backstage Walk of Life
No. 72