Several years ago I worked with a photographer who raved about his assistant Roberta Thornely. With an upcoming exhibition straight out of Elam, I thought that it might be worth a look. When I got to Roberta's show I could hardly see the works as the gallery was packed out. When I finally made my way in closer I was really taken by several pieces. My problem became which ones to buy and what was actually left, it was a really stand out show.
Her Goya style use of light on dark reminds me of the great master painters of 'chiaro scuro', yet her simple focus and subject make them really contemporary. Something old and something new. When I hang Roberta's works I seem to fall for their dark beauty, every time.