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Friday, December 27, 2013

Peace Out, 2013

 Laura Rathe asked Gil Bruvel, Tara Conley, and myself to speak for a few minutes during a luncheon she hosted last week in conjunction with a group exhibition at her Houston gallery entitled Gratitude.  The whole exhibition was premised on Laura's love and deep appreciation for her artists and collectors, and in essence for her life.  The show itself was outstanding, as each artist was asked to create a single, outstanding piece for the show.  The luncheon made the exhibition even more special, as we were surrounded by these incredible artworks, in a truly beautiful architectural space, but the most beautiful part was being in the company of this group of people. 

Gil Bruvel, aside from being one of my all time favorite human beings, is an incredibly skilled painter and sculptor--click here if you think I am exaggerating.  He spoke on the twelve step process of casting stainless steel sculpture.  WOW.  Yep, never doing that.  I'll just buy a piece of Gil's some day instead.  Tara Conley spoke about the way in which she collects phrases that she overhears over the years, records them in her journal, and the contextual shift that occurs once she transforms these audible sounds into something visual in the form of legible sculptural phrases.  She also spoke on gratitude and the piece she made for the show-abubble gum machine made of steel, which I wish I had thought to photograph! You can view some of her work here.  I love it.

I wanted to give these guests a little gift, and I wondered what small thing I could give to them that they could keep with them.  And I thought about the question I am asked ALL the time--"How long does it take you to make a painting?"

I always struggle with this question.  The question is really another way of asking "When does a painting begin, and when does it end?"

Does it begin at the moment of inspiration?  When I am so overwhelmed by the beauty of a perfect flower or butterfly, when I am utterly seduced by the feeling of my body submerged in warm turquoise waters, or when I am standing in awe of a black and white world of white snow covered poplars and their black shadows surrounding me in the Rockies?

Or does it go back even further to the day I came into this world?  After all, every smell, taste, sight, sound, and touch has created my entire sensual vocabulary.  And every feeling and human experience I have ever had has led up to the group of hours that take place between those first and last brush strokes.

Or does the piece begin with the action part of the process?  With the moment the brush hits the canvas--the moment I start to "build a problem," disturbing the otherwise perfect rectangular space?  Does the painting begin at the start of the dialogue between myself and this canvas?

All of these are true.  And yet, to me none of them matter.  I think the more valuable question is, "What does it take to make a painting?"

The action part of my process (the dirty part, the fun part) is a highly intuitive one.  I am not thinking on a conscious level, and I feel more like I am in a state of deep mediation than in a state of action.  I feel like I am not making conscious choices, and that the painting comes through me somehow.  One could contradict that in so many ways, but this is how I feel.  And one cannot argue with that.

The other part of the question, "How long does it take to make a painting?" requires identifying the end of the process.  Is a piece complete at the moment of the last brushstroke?  Or is it the moment a finished piece is released into the world?

For the most part I believe it is the latter, and then it's not really yours anymore [enter Jeff Tweedy].  Our work as artists is not much more than selfish, expressive action without putting it out there, gifting it to the universe, and sharing it with other human beings, with our world.  In our case this usually means via a gallery or museum, and I have been incredibly blessed with the most stellar team of art dealers imaginable.  My dealers act out their part of the process with the same passion, integrity, and love that I have for the creation of my paintings.  And I am thankful.  I am deeply thankful.

Tara asked me to share this, so I have.  

It has been an incredible year, an incredible, but also really humbling journey to be here on this day in 2013.  Wishing you happiness and love in the coming year…Peace.






Wednesday, October 2, 2013

The Elysian Fields @ Laura Rathe Fine Art [Dallas]: The Work!


The Elysian Fields


I am pleased (and very relieved...whew!) to present the work for The Elysian Fields, my upcoming solo exhibition at Laura Rathe Fine Art in Dallas.  The exhibition opens Saturday, October 12 with a reception from 6-9 p.m.  Join us!

View from the Streets of the Elysian Fields: 72" x 96" ink, oil, & graphite on canvas, 2013



Totems of the Elysian Fields I:  55" x 55" ink, oil, & graphite on canvas, 2013





Totems of the Elysian Fields III:  55" x 55" ink, oil, & graphite on canvas, 2013





Totems of the Elysian Fields II:  55" x 55" ink, oil, & graphite on canvas, 2013






Study #1 for Totems of the Elysian Fields I: 22" x 30" ink, oil, & graphite on canvas, 2013





Study #2 for Totems of the Elysian Fields I: 22" x 30" ink, oil, & graphite on canvas, 2013







Elysian Gems I: 48" x 60" ink, oil, & graphite on canvas, 2013






Elysian Gems II: 48" x 60" ink, oil, & graphite on canvas, 2013






Elysian Gems III: 60" x 48" ink, oil, & graphite on canvas, 2013






On the Shores of the Elysian Fields I: 72" x 48" ink, oil, & graphite on canvas, 2013






On the Shores of the Elysian Fields II: 72" x 48" ink, oil, & graphite on canvas, 2013 






The Elysian Fields I: 72" x 96" ink, oil, & graphite on canvas, 2013




 The Elysian Fields II: 72" x 126" ink, oil, & graphite on canvas, 2013





The Orchids of the Elysian Fields I: 48" x 72" ink, oil, & graphite on canvas, 2013 















Tuesday, October 1, 2013

EDEN @ Bryant Street Gallery [Palo Alto] OPENING FRIDAY!!!

Join us Friday @ 6 at Bryant Street Gallery for the opening reception of Eden, a solo exhibition of new paintings inspired by the natural beauty of our Earth.








Eden: Orchida II:  36" x 36" ink, oil, & graphite on canvas, 2013





Eden: The Fields I:  36" x 36" ink, oil, & graphite on canvas, 2013





Eden: The Fields II:  36" x 36" ink, oil, & graphite on canvas, 2013





Eden: Flora IV:  60" x 60" ink, oil, & graphite on canvas, 2013





Eden: Flora V:  60" x 60" ink, oil, & graphite on canvas, 2013





The Shadows of the Waters of Eden:  36" x 60" ink, oil, & graphite on canvas, 2013






The Garden:  72" x 96" ink, oil, & graphite on canvas, 2013





The Orchids of Eden:  48" x 72" ink, oil, & graphite on canvas, 2013





The Waters of Eden III:  48" x 84" ink, oil, & graphite on canvas, 2013





The Waters of Eden I:  48" x 48" ink, oil, & graphite on canvas, 2013





The Waters of Eden II:  48" x 48" ink, oil, & graphite on canvas, 2013

The Elysian Fields @ Laura Rathe Fine Art [Dallas]

Please join us in Dallas October 12 for the opening of The Elysian Fields!



Thursday, August 1, 2013

Holaaaaa....


Holaaaaa....

I know.  I have been a terribly negligent blogger.  But it's because I've been painting, y'all--a LOT!  And finding inspiration in interesting places, traveling around a bit.  So.  I know you understand.  I did finish this piece a few weeks ago and wanted to share it with you.  It is available at Laura Rathe Fine Art in Dallas.

Anyway, I have been working furiously on new pieces.  I am exploring all kinds of new things in my work right now, which is A) gratifying and B) making me want to pull. my. hair. out.  I am pushing myself to divide the space in the canvases differently, exploring new forms and arrangements, and challenging myself with new color combinations (which sounds quite lame when I type it, but in real life, it's not, promise!)

In the coming weeks I will present a new body of work on this blog that will comprise my upcoming solo exhibition at Bryant Street Gallery in Palo Alto, which opens in October.  And shortly after that I will post images of the new paintings that will comprise the solo exhibition at Laura Rathe Fine Art in Dallas, which also opens in October.  So stay tuned, lovelies!

Hope everyone is loving this summer as much as I am!!

xo!

Hot Free World V:  72" x 96" ink, oil, & graphite on canvas, 2013
*Available @ Laura Rathe Fine Art [Dallas/Houston]

Monday, May 27, 2013

New work at LRFA [Dallas]!!

New work has arrived at Laura Rathe Fine Art in Dallas!

I am thrilled to announce my upcoming solo exhibition at LRFA Dallas in October 2013!!!  Stay tuned for details!



Orchida Maui IX:  36" x 36", ink and oil on canvas, 2013





Orchida Maui VIII:  36" x 36", ink and oil on canvas, 2013





Orchida Maui XIII:  48" x 60", ink and oil on canvas, 2013




Orchida Maui VI:  36" x 36", ink and oil on canvas, 2013





Orchida Maui VII:  36" x 36", ink and oil on canvas, 2013





Shore at Guanacaste II:  48" x 60", ink and oil on canvas, 2013

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Sharing...Harriet Alexander!! Thank you, Harriet!

I thoroughly enjoyed talking with Houston art advisor and blogger, Harriet Alexander, about my studio practice, inspiration, and process. Thank you, Harriet, for the interview and for sharing your insights! You can view her art consulting firm's complete portfolio here: harrietalexander.com


The Grapes of Isis:  72" x 96" ink and oil on canvas, 2012

Monday, May 6, 2013

Arriving soon @ Kathryn Markel Fine Art [NYC]!!

Arriving soon @ Kathryn Markel Fine Art [NYC]!!


 Siren Song:  48" x 72" ink and oil on panel, 2013





 Terrain XII:  48" x 48" ink and oil on panel, 2012





Terrain XV:  48" x 72" ink and oil on panel, 2012

Monday, April 29, 2013

In the studio....a video


My most sincere thanks to everyone who came to Laura Rathe Fine Art Saturday night for the opening of This Cloud...despite the heavy Houston downpour and flash flooding! Guess the title was appropriate after all :) What an AMAZING night for so many reasons! All I can say is wow. What wonderful people I have in my life, thank you! This video was projected on the exterior wall of the gallery. Thank you, One Story Productions, for your hard work on this studio video.




Monday, March 25, 2013

This Cloud @ Laura Rathe Fine Art [Houston]

This Cloud @ Laura Rathe Fine Art [Houston]

Opening reception Saturday, April 27, 6-9 p.m.

Please join us!



Orchida Maui IV:  48" x 48" ink, oil, & charcoal on canvas, 2013




Orchida Maui V:  48" x 48" ink, oil, & charcoal on canvas, 2013




Lichen XI:  48" x 48" ink, oil, & charcoal on canvas, 2013




Lichen XII:  48" x 48" ink, oil, & charcoal on canvas, 2013




Kapalua Hibiscus XX:  60" x 48" ink, oil, & charcoal on canvas, 2013




Maui Bougainvillea II:  24" x 24" ink, oil, & charcoal on canvas, 2013





Maui Bougainvillea I:  24" x 24" ink, oil, & charcoal on canvas, 2013





Orchida Maui II:  30" x 30" ink, oil, & charcoal on canvas, 2013





Orchida Maui I:  30" x 30" ink, oil, & charcoal on canvas, 2013





Orchida Maui III:  30" x 30" ink, oil, & charcoal on canvas, 2013





Terrain XXV:  30" x 22" ink, oil, & graphite on paper, 2013




Terrain XXVI:  30" x 22" ink, oil, & graphite on paper, 2013




The Wilder Shores of Love:  72" x 96" ink and oil on linen, 2013





This Cloud: Part I:  72" x 48" ink, oil, & charcoal on canvas, 2013




This Cloud: Part II:  72" x 48" ink, oil, & charcoal on canvas, 2013




This Cloud: Part III:  72" x 48" ink, oil, & charcoal on canvas, 2013



This Cloud: Parts I, II, & III: 72" x 168", ink, oil, & charcoal on canvas, 2013