Sunday, September 1, 2019

Upcoming Exhibition



PERSISTENT SPACES 
Solo Exhibition at Western Illinois University 
Featuring new oil paintings and recent pastels

Reception: October 1, 4:30–6:30pm
October 1–November 1, 2019


Sunday, July 7, 2019

Working in Series


Vent 15, 2019 
chalk pastel on paper, 7x7"


Vent 4, 2018 
chalk pastel on paper, 7x7" 


Vent 16, 2019 
chalk pastel on paper, 7x7"

I map studio spaces. The studio interior and its accompanying detritus has been my primary subject for the past seven years, and I document the perimeter of each studio I inhabit in some form or other. This particular round of tracing the edges of the space led to a series of drawings of the eight vents evenly spaced around the room. 

Initially I was intrigued by formal qualities - the arrangement of rectangles, lines, and planes of color divided the square composition in an aesthetically pleasing way. For me, drawing the same subject over and over forces me to observe more carefully with each drawing, considering the decisions of the previous drawings while trying to create something new every time. I was thinking about Monet's cathedral paintings, how changing light and different atmospheric effects make the same subject appear radically different and full of surprise. 

Finding that sense of surprise, of seeing something with new eyes, and in doing so appreciating the seen all the more... is part of why I continue to paint. There is always more to see. 

Sunday, June 23, 2019

DAAP Camp


demos from DAAP Camp Drawing Intensive


recent figure drawings, all made at Manifest Drawing Center

 photo credit: Michael Everett

photo credit: Michael Everett

Last week was the DAAP Drawing Intensive High School Day Camp. I've taught in the Drawing Intensive camp for the past four years, but this was my first year also running the camp. It was, as always, an intense and joyful week. We had so many great students who were curious and enthusiastic. The other teachers and college student workers were inspiring and empathetic, and they made the camp not only an incredible education but also a lot of fun.

I feel very lucky to be able to split my time between painting and teaching - two jobs that I absolutely love. There aren't many photos documenting my teaching, so I'm grateful that Michael Everett at DAAP was able to capture these moments. The book I'm holding in the first photo is Drawing Lessons From the Great Masters by Robert Beverly Hale, one of my favorite teaching resources.

That being said, the planning in the months leading up to camp as well as the actual camp last week made a serious dent in my studio time. Hence, this month's late blog post (my apologies, dear reader). I'm back in the groove this week. I have a couple of shows coming up later this year and a studio full of new (mostly finished) work that I can't wait to share with you.

Stay tuned!

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Sketchbook Selections


Left: after Hiram Powers, National Portrait Gallery, DC
Right: after Edwin Dickinson, Helen Souza


Left: After drawings from Fifty Figure Drawings
Right: After John Frederick Peto, An English Breakfast


Gestures from Open Figure at Manifest Drawing Center and planar analyses of the head after George Bridgeman


Left: Figure studies from Manifest Drawing Center
Right: After Hiram Powers, Anna Sinton Taft