Sunday, August 7, 2022

Color Palettes

Here's a quick glimpse at my recent palette in pastels... there's an awful lot of color there for a delightfully colorful subject...  

...and a sweet note from a dear friend...

I'm working towards a couple of shows next year, and so I'm soaking up every minute of studio time before fall semester starts in earnest. 

I'll share photos of the new work as we get closer to the shows, but for now please enjoy these lovely teals, blues, and greens on my mess of a palette.


Sunday, July 10, 2022

Recent Favorites


Dusk, 2022, chalk pastel on paper, 15x15"

Dawn, 2022, chalk pastel on paper, 15x15"

A couple of recent pieces commissioned by dear friends. These were such fun to make. 

Sunday, June 5, 2022

Empty Vessels at Pilsen Arts and Community House


It was an absolute pleasure to show some of my current pastels and oils at Pilsen Arts and Community House this past month. Thanks to Teresa MagaƱa and the whole PACH crew for putting together a beautiful exhibition and reception! You can view and purchase the remaining available work from the exhibition here

Sunday, May 1, 2022

DRAWN at Manifest Gallery


I'm delighted to have this piece included in this year's DRAWN exhibition at Manifest Gallery! This is one of my favorite pastels from my current series - also the largest - and it's an honor to be able to show it alongside some of my favorite contemporary artists. 

My dear friend and studio mate Katherine Colborn has a gorgeous painting in the PORTALS exhibition, running concurrently with DRAWN. It's a rare treat to get to show with your friends, and I'm grateful and humbled to get to share space with her. 

The shows run through May 13th! If you're in the area, please stop by. There's a lot of good work up on the walls, and we are in excellent company. 

Sunday, April 3, 2022

Studio, April


a rare glimpse at one of my current works-in-progress

palette, divided into warms and cools (sort of)

Holding Space, 2022, chalk pastel on paper, 15x15" 

This object (the same one as in the in-progress piece above) arrived in a box full of cardboard treasures from my painter friend Geoff Barnes. He visited my studio back in December, and I gave him a piece of molded cardboard he admired to paint. Which he then did, exquisitely, twice - and you can see those paintings on his website here and here. I love the way he saw that beautifully weird little toner cartridge endcap. 

This cardboard piece captivated me immediately - the way it catches the light, and all the color that gets reflected into those beautiful browns... endlessly fascinating. I'm looking forward to working my way through that box of treasures, one piece of "trash" at a time. 

Sunday, March 6, 2022

Immaterial Things - installation photos

Hi friends. Happy Sunday. My solo show IMMATERIAL THINGS closed last month at the Farmer Family Gallery at the OSU Lima campus - thanks to everyone who stopped by! Here are some installation photos, along with close-ups of a few of my favorites from this group. 

Valance, oil on paper on panel, 14x14" 

Compression, oil on paper on panel, 14x14" (private collection) 

Ozymandias, chalk pastel on paper, 15x15" 

Clear, oil on paper on panel, 14x14" 

All my thanks to Ed Valentine for inviting me to share work in this beautiful space. On a personal note, I remember the first time I saw Ed's paintings at Linda Warren Gallery. I was an undergrad student at SAIC at the time, trying to find my way as a painter in a conceptual program. I stood in front of his work and was awestruck by a room full of PAINTING - actual, contemporary painting that delighted and reveled in surface and image as much as content and meaning. The memory of those portraits kept me going through some pretty brutal critiques, and they've always been a reminder for me of what painting can be and do, today. So, it's especially meaningful to have the opportunity to connect with Ed now, and to be able to share my paintings with him and his students. This is an experience and a memory that I will forever treasure. 

Sunday, February 6, 2022

13th Annual Drawing Discourse


Color Spots, 2021, chalk pastel on paper, 15x15"

installation photos courtesy of Tamie Beldue

I'm absolutely delighted to share that my piece, "Color Spots" received a Juror's Choice Award from Catherine Murphy in this year's Drawing Discourse Exhibition. 

Catherine Murphy has long been an artistic hero of mine; I deeply admire her particular vision and passion for perceptual work. It means more than I can say that she spent time looking at my drawing, let alone that she also thought it deserving of such a generous honor. 

Humbled. Honored. Still in shock, a little. There's a lot of good work in this show. If you're near Asheville, do yourself a favor and go see these pieces in person. The show runs through February 11th. 

The exhibition catalog will be available soon through Blurb. I'll post a link on my website as soon as I can.

Thanks for reading. Love you all. See you back here next month.