Sunday, May 2, 2021

Color Studies and and Demos


Color swatches and class demos... thinking through color, and getting acquainted with some recent additions to my palette. I'm especially excited about those violets. Egyptian violet is one of those colors that I have longed for in the paint aisle for at least a decade. I finally bought a tube last week, and it's even better than I'd hoped. Expect a myriad of violet-greys and grey-violets in future paintings.

Tender, 2021
oil on paper, 15x15" (framed size about 22x22")

I'm delighted to have this piece and another in an upcoming exhibition at Southside Gallery! This group show originated at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, LA early last year; however, the second installment of the exhibition was postponed because of COVID. With that in mind, I am especially grateful to Joseph Holzapple and the kind people at Southside Gallery for making this happen now. 

Thinking Through Things: A Still Life Invitational
Southside Gallery
Oxford, MS
Curated by Joseph Holzapple
May 2021

Sunday, April 4, 2021

Studio, April


This south studio light is endlessly inspiring. It's such a simple yet powerful reminder of the inevitability of change and the gift of being present.

Buona Pasqua a tutti. Ti amerĂ² sempre. 

Sunday, March 7, 2021

Studio, March


a glimpse at a few new things cooking in the studio... 

My pastels and oils have in the past been separate bodies of work. They've always informed each other, but as yet I haven't really been able to make them speak the same language. This month I'm attempting to unify that divide, so they not only talk to each other, but with each other. 

new growth

"Nothing's lost forever. In this world, there is a kind of painful progress. Longing for what we've left behind, and dreaming ahead. At least I think that's so." - Tony Kushner, Angels in America

Sunday, February 14, 2021

Current Exhibitions and Recent Artist Talk


Hi friends. It's been a minute, I know. Hope you're safe and well, whenever and wherever you're reading this. 

If you're in Chicago, check out my two-person show with Dale Knaak at Gallery 19, in partnership with Pilsen Arts & Community House. The show runs through February 26, 2021. 

I had the opportunity to talk with Dale and Tommy Reyes (of Gallery 19) about the show, our work, and our processes as observational painters. I've been a fan of Dale's work for years - I first saw his paintings at Frank Juarez' gallery when he was still in Sheboygan, so I'm especially happy that we now get to show our work together. 

You can watch the entire conversation here

Grey Noise: Sonic Meditation 5
2020, chalk pastel on paper, installation approximately 30x57.5"

The work above is a commissioned piece in response to the late composer Pauline Oliveros' Sonic Meditations, specifically Sonic Meditation 5: "Take a walk at night. Walk so silently that the bottoms of your feet become ears."

These pastels are a record of the shifting color and light on my studio walls at different times of day. I keyed the values in each piece to match the grey of the paper as closely as possible, in an effort to make the drawings disappear into silence when seen from a distance. It is only upon closer inspection - "deep listening... in every possible way to every possible thing" - that the subtle shifts in each piece emerge.

I was deeply honored to be part of this project. Katie Baker curated an incredibly thoughtful exhibition of visual art responses to Oliveros' work. The show is on view at The Welcome Project in Cincinnati through February 27th. You can tour the show from the comfort of home here

That's all the news that's fit to print, for now. Stay warm, stay safe, and we'll talk again soon. 

Sunday, July 5, 2020

Studio, July

Distance, 2020
oil on paper, 11x11"

Plug, 2020
oil on paper, 7.5x7.5"

Reflected, 2020
oil on paper, 11x10.5"

I recently updated my website with a selection of new paintings and pastels. You can see a few of my current favorites above. Lately I've really enjoyed working on Arches oil paper; it's a great surface for quick studies as well as more resolved paintings. I've been exploring new palettes and different color combinations with each painting in an effort to expand my knowledge. Looking forward to experimenting with some more highly saturated tones and new subjects in the next paintings. 

I hope this finds you safe and well. 

Sunday, April 5, 2020

Studio, April

I hope, whenever you read this, that it finds you safe and well. I'm working from home these days, like most everyone else. Trying to balance teaching from home with my home studio. There is less time than there used to be, when I had a classroom in which to teach. For now, my classroom is my computer and my companions are my plants. I'm reminded that every minute in the studio is hard-won and not to be taken for granted. It's a choice to show up in front of the easel, and I find great comfort in still being able to make that choice.

I don't know if I'll make anything worthwhile during this quarantine. All I can do is show up as often as I'm able. And if these images can bring anyone even a little bit of joy, then I've done my part. Stay safe. Stay home. Be good to each other.