Artwork Spotlight: Soft Poems

Artwork Spotlight highlights chosen works from across the span of my artistic practice for a period of time from one day up to a month.

From June 18-July 5th, 2024, the spotlight is on selections from my Soft Poem series, which has sixteen pieces included, so far. This is an on-going series of 12 x 9 inch paintings on panel. My statement about Soft Poems is below:

"Soft Poems is a series of paintings that’s an extension of work I’ve been making over the past 6 or so years. Whereas the majority of my glyph-populated works have very dense compositions and lots of visual information, I imagined Soft Poems to be almost the opposite of that.


Soft Poems is meant to evoke a sense of intimate mystery. I imagine each painting as a kind of unintelligible haiku or other type of poem or writing whose meaning is hidden not only by the unintelligible glyphs, but also by having those glyphs float in translucent layers of pigmented acrylic medium. Some of the Soft Poems are readily seen close to the surface while others are revealed only after sustained viewing through layers of color."


Tap the images for closer views and more information about each piece. There's more than meets the eye with viewing these pieces on screens, so if you're located in or are visiting Philadelphia soon, make a point to stop by the Bridgette Mayer Gallery to view some Soft Poems in person. BMG  is located at 709 Walnut Street, 1st floor, Philadelphia, PA.


For purchase information and more, please contact the Bridgette Mayer Gallery directly at: 215.413.8893 or by email at

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