Every painting I make is evidence that fear can be conquered.
Sometimes I paint things that "don't make any sense". Meaning: they aren't representative of my usual style, and they look like they don't belong in any of my previous collections. I remind myself that to "indulge my creative urges" and "paint my feelings" is a good thing. Even if my painting looks like it might have been made by someone else.
This is exactly how I feel today: Eager to jump "Into The Waves". To be enveloped, carried and cleansed. These are difficult, challenging times. How do we channel our fears and anxieties of an uncertain future in a way that is positive vs negative? Painting is a tool that helps me transmute my emotions. It's an anchor of sorts.
In the United States, Black Friday is one of the biggest shopping days of the year (Boxing Day in Canada). Many people will spend hours searching for discounted prices on their favorite products.
Although I am not immune to the desire to make my life more comfortable by acquiring things, today in particular makes me think about what I am ordering from the Universe.
I used to think that resilience meant to be steadfast, rigid and immovable. What I've come to understand is that resilience is much more fluid. Being able to ebb, flow and adapt to the rapidly changing circumstances all around us. This is true strength. This is true resilience. Announcing a new series of paintings called "Practicing Eternity" on view at 15th Street Gallery
In spite of all the changes and uncertianties taking place all around us - one thing is clear: art is a catalyst for growth. Art allows an outlet for inner reflection, fosters new ways of thinking, and encourages compassion and connection.
I am happy and honored to contribute "Fearless Abstract Painting" to Kimball Art Center's fundraiser: Celebrating Creativity through Art in 2020.
When you merge with big talent, your work gets installed at the historic Imperial Hotel in Park City, Utah. Take a peak inside one of Main Street’s most treasured buildings after the renovation:
Incorporating collage, newspapers & paint scrapers to create simulated marks of age & wear during our 2-day "Fearless" Distressed Mixed Media Workshop at Kimball Art Center in Park City, Utah.
I am smitten by this pretty little pair!
Sometimes it's the small and simple things that make the biggest impact. Painting on a small surface has always been extremely challenging for me. In fact, these canvasses are torn in several places, and tell the story of an initial battle. Eventually, the battle turned into a dance, and a harmonious, loving relationship ensued. I am constantly fascinated how the best canvases become an artist's mirror.
Left to right: Everyday Poetics & Shed Light, acrylic & mixed media on canvas 24"H x 18"W
Join me and a host of talented creatives for the Holliday Group Show at 15th Street Gallery on November 20th. I am thrilled to reveal my new series of paintings!
"I feel like I am walking on the surface of one of my paintings: the vast pools of salt, the crunching of bones beneath my feet, the near-solid foam on the beach, and the brine flies moving in tandem in a frenzied body of unified color. For me, there is no better way to pay homage to the sacred land we thread upon, than to infuse the environment into my work namely: iron-rich Utah dirt, salt for the Great Salt Lake, copper power, plaster, repurposed paint, and local newspapers. I am inspired by nature's pairings of texture, color combinations, and the way that it uses water to cut, carve, blend, build, feed and destroy."
I am honored that one of my paintings was selected to participate in this iconic juried exhibition. Through artistic expression, we enhance our capacity to build awareness about our environment and our need to preserve and protect it for the future.
This blog was created to share my belief that the art-making process is a catalyst for transformation and personal empowerment. I am living proof.