Mindy Flexer


All of my work as a painter is based in observation, though what my eye has alighted on has changed over the years. I began with traditional still life and landscape, which became more and more narrative, until it became magical realism. Over three decades, I came to the realization that I wanted to capture both the physical truth of observation and the emotional truth of impermanence and transcendence.
I started my current series of paintings in 2016, at a time when I was meeting new babies on the first days of their lives and seeing beloved comrades on the last days of theirs. At first, I set up still lives with toy figures and origami cranes. I used them to paint ancestors standing on the shore as their descendants traveled by boat into the future, and origami cranes pointed toward the possibility of transcendence. I put all the figures in boats when I realized there is no shore: all ancestors are descendants, who are ancestors. Eventually, I released the figures from gravity and they joined the flocks that used to fly above them, creating a joyful, ordered, chaos. 



Reach, oil on linen mounted on panel, 48" x 24"  Available 


Where I Come From, oil on linen mounted on panel, 30" x 48"  Available 


Front Step, oil on panel, 8" x 8"  Available 


Kitchen Sill, oil on panel, 16" x 16"  Available