Wednesday, December 23, 2015
Using a method of layering color with gel medium, I hope to create images with a sense of emotional illumination.
As the figures come to life, the days spent in my studio bring meaning and happiness.
Sending you wishes of light and joy for the holiday season and a wondrous new year ahead!
“Figuras” in progress, oil on canvas, 12 x 16″ each.
Sunday, November 22, 2015
After traveling for months, I feel a sense of urgency to work!
Here is the first underpainting to commence a series of figures which I hope illuminate and enlighten the end of 2015.
By depicting the human form in lightness, I intend for a truth to be found deep within the paintings.
Underpainting, 16 x 12 inches, oil on canvas.
Thursday, October 8, 2015
Just in time, here are my final two small paintings for the 8th annual Travisan International Art exhibition entitled “Little Treasures 2015”. The show will take place from the 28th of November through the 10th of December, 2015. Selected artists are from all over the world.
Located in imposing and picturesque Bologna, Italy, a city of great cultural and artistic vitality.
“Figure in Gold”, 20 cm x 20 cm, oil on canvas, 2015.
“Figure in Emerald”, 20 cm x 20 cm, oil on canvas, 2015.
Monday, September 14, 2015
Here is my second painting in a series of four on exhibit
November 28th – December 10th in “Little Treasures 2015”.
“Figure in Ruby Violet”, 20 cm x 20 cm, oil on canvas, 2015.
Thursday, August 27, 2015
Travisan International Art has announced a mini-format exhibition entitled “Little Treasures 2015”.
I am honored to be a selected artist in this upcoming show.
Here is the first of the four paintings I will be exhibiting.
“Figure in Egyptian Blue”, 20 x 20 cm, oil on canvas, 2015.
Last month, I was invited to be a selected artist in an intercultural art installation titled, Enter Into Art. Curated by Gabriele Walter and Kurt Ries, this small-scale artworks exhibition will take place beginning August 16th, 2015 in Cologne, Germany and travel throughout other regions of the country in 2016. Though the imagery was not specified, the concept was to create art within fine shades utilizing only one hue. My recently produced portrait paintings became visual studies for me to develop these three paintings for the show.
This fascinating exhibit opens at the Cultural Center, Cologne-Mühlheim, Germany.
“Anne”, 12.5 x 12.5 cm, oil on paper, 2015.
“Chaye”, 12.5 x 12.5 cm, oil on paper, 2015.
“Marie-Laure”, 12.5 x 12.5 cm, oil on paper, 2015.
In 2012, while visiting the Samburu villages of Kenya for the first time, I was struck by how content and loving the women and children were towards each other, towards me as a visitor, and with their simple life in the Rift Valley Province. The vibrant colors of their hand-beaded jewelry beautify their already stunning appearance. Children run, laugh, and are incredibly curious and free. A much more traditional people than the Masaai, the Samburu have long been an independent and egalitarian society. They relocate every 5 to 6 weeks to ensure their cattle can feed themselves.
I captured these lovely Samburu women enjoying a moment of repose. My etching of the little boy seated in his mother’s arms was included in the exhibition of the 33rd Mini Print International de Cadaqués, Barcelona, Spain.
“Kenya”, 7 x 7 inches, copperplate intaglio, 2013.
On the coast of Morocco there is a peaceful and powerful city named Essaouira. It is filled with magical spirits and my senses became fully alive while I walked and felt the winds whip up off the sea. A Canary Current aides the locals creating a fishery by the southward movement of the ocean. It has long been considered one of the best anchorages of the Moroccan shoreline.
I photographed and then eventually etched one of the many hardworking and devoted fisherman from this breathtaking city.
The etching was published in the exhibition catalogue and included in the 33rd Mini Print International de Cadaqués, Barcelona, Spain.
“Essaouira”, 7 x 7 inches, copperplate intaglio, 2013.
The Old Medina of Marrakech is filled with excitement and energy. The awareness of sights, sounds, touch, tastes, and smells is fascinating and overwhelming almost all at once. A respite within it’s souks is vital. This kind Berber gentleman brought me some delicious tangerines and sweet mint tea to a table with a view of the wondrous surroundings before me.
My etching was included in the exhibition of the 33rd Mini Print International de Cadaqués, Barcelona, Spain.
“Marrakech”, 7 x 7 inches, copperplate intaglio, 2013.
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Soft Pastel and Charcoal on Paper, 2013.
Soft Pastel and Charcoal on Paper, 2013.
Saturday, February 7, 2015
At the end of the world, there is beauty everywhere.
A mythic, far away land with a history of inhabitants dating back 8000 years, Patagonia is surrounded by great natural barriers, the sea, the mountains and ice fields.
My journey there last month was one filled with exploration and wonder.
It lead me to reflect upon the color ways of my art and how much I include the hues of the natural world in my figurative works.
Torres del Paine National Park.
Posture No. 1, 26.5 x 21 inches, soft pastel and charcoal on paper, 2012.
Blue No. 5, 26.5 x 21 inches, soft pastel and charcoal on paper, 2014.
Blue No. 6, 26.5 x 21 inches, soft pastel and charcoal on paper, 2014.
After finishing a series of copperplate intaglios this past spring and summer, I was delighted to travel to Europe where four of my prints were included in exhibitions in Spain, France, and England.
Figura VII, 7 x 6 inches, copperplate etching/aquatint, 2014.
Figura VIII, 6 x 7 inches, copperplate etching/aquatint, 2014.
Figura IX, 7 x 6 inches, copperplate intaglio, 2014.
Figura X, 7 x 6 inches, copperplate intaglio, 2014.