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As a young child I had a 70s style Technicolor patchwork quilt. This was my “nap” quilt in preschool but unfortunately its vibrant colors and wild patterns were so distracting I would spend the whole of naptime looking at all the shapes and colors and trying to make some sort of sense of it all. By the time naptime was over each day, I was always good and tired and ready for rest. Fast forward many years and though I no longer have a crazy quilt keeping me awake, my mind still plays this Tetris sort of game mixing and matching colors and shapes before I fall asleep each night. I imagine it is my mind’s way of clearing itself for a good night’s rest. However, the play of colors and composition are so fascinating and beautiful that I’m drawn to recreate the fluidity and feeling of these images in my waking life. My paintings in oil use abstracted organic imagery and a dynamic palette of earthy color to capture this moment between waking life and sleep.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

New beginnings!

Here it is July 1st already. I hope, like me, you've had an enjoyable start to summer (though it's only officially begun)!

With the new season upon us, it always feels like a proper time to make big life changes, don't you agree? Perhaps I've been influenced by watching the army of Monarch Caterpillars we've housed make their amazing transformations from egg to chrysalis (still waiting for them to make their big butterfly reveal). I am still amazed every time I watch the caterpillars shed their skin and turn into the bright green chrysalis and wonder how they knew they had it in them all along? There's an inspirational lesson in there somewhere, I'm sure.

My transformation may not be as speedy and awe inspiring as the caterpillar's but there have been a few things I've been working on over the past month that I'm excited to reveal, nonetheless.

First, with my studio mate, Mike's, departure, I have been working hard getting the studio into some kind of new order. I forgot what it is like to have so much space as it's been 7 years since I had the studio on my own. I'll miss Mike a lot but have to admit that I'm already loving having a dedicated work space, storage, and room to spread out again.

All of this new space has got me thinking about new work. After a recent trip up north to Crow Wing State Park, I had the idea to do some studies on panel board based on photos I often take in such settings - close ups of trees, water, grass, etc. The first two in the series are not inspired by any specific imagery but felt like a good way to flesh out the idea a bit and see if the results would come close to what I imagined in my head. My goal is to be able to create a series of these new paintings on large 36x36" panel boards and show them along with the photos that have inspired the series. Until then, here are a couple of the 8x8"studies on panel board.

"Agate Beach (Study)" | 8x8" | oil on panel

"Tree Bark (Study)" | 8x8" | oil on panel
If you are around tomorrow night (Thursday) and looking for something to do, please come by the Northrup King Building for First Thursdays in the Arts District. I will be open from 5-9 pm. (Incidentally, I will not be open for August's First Thursday due to a scheduling conflict).  Looking forward to seeing you soon!

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Art-A-Whirl 2015 - What a weekend!

And just like that, Art-A-Whirl 2015 is officially behind us. What a great weekend it was! Thank you to everyone that came out to support us at the Northrup King Building. I don't know what the official visitor count was, but 18 hours + a steady stream of visitors = a GREAT turnout in my book! As always, it was wonderful to see so many old friends and meet so many new friends. I love that part of the open studio events the most!

I had a handful of paintings leave the studio this weekend which is always a great (and much appreciated) surprise! 22 years into this career and hundreds of sales later, the excitement of each new sale still feels like the first. I don't think that will ever change.

During Art-A-Whirl, visitors to my studio had an opportunity to enter a drawing for a free Mini Original titled "Far From the Family Tree". As promised, I've chosen a winner from the fishbowl! And the winner is.... Julie A.! Congratulations, Julie! I will send an email to make arrangements to get the painting to you. I hope you enjoy!

If you missed this weekend, you're still in luck. I'll have the studio open again in a couple of weeks (Thursday, June 4th) for First Thursdays in the Arts District. Please come on by. I'd love to see you!

Thanks again and hope to see you soon!


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