I am a second generation figurative artist, after my mother, Sylvia Sternberg, who was a fashion illustrator. We both attended Chouinard Art Institute part-time in the early 60's, but I am primarily self-taught.
I am influenced by Van Dyck, Caravaggio and the Dutch Masters. I apply 17th century technique to 21st century subjects, and try to make the model's character shine through his or her external visage.
My previous series honored very talented teenaged musicians for their dedication to their art. I dressed them in classical shirts, most of which I sewed. My major aesthetic concerns were: the negative space of the black backgrounds, repetition of curves or angles, and textures of skin, hair, fabric, and instruments. The series is acrylic on canvas and most of the paintings have been exhibited around the U.S. Currently they are being exhibited at the Jerusalem Theatre.
The new series celebrates my interest in the Silk Road and the richness of friendship. Aesthetic elements are strong colors, patterns and details. You will see women's traditions of Central Asia, including tea ceremony, dance, drums, etc. These paintings are oil on canvas. The first three are being exhibited in Tel Aviv.