Friday, May 26, 2017

Tulip drawings

"Number 4"; oil pastel on paper; 22 x 30"; 2017

"Number 2"; graphite and conte on paper; 22 x 30"; 2017




  On my way to the studio one morning I picked a pair of parrot tulips from the front yard and brought them with me. Unsure of what I would do with them, I let them hang around my studio for a few days. Their intoxicating colors and shapes suggested I try my hand drawing them with oil pastels. At the moment there are four completed drawings in the series - each with a pair of panels on a single sheet of creamy Strathmore paper.

  As the tulips age I am able to record how they change. The petals, no longer a tight bell shape, have opened and their ends are beginning to roll back upon themselves. The rich colors are fading and darkening in some spots. I am moving studios this weekend, and I am afraid my flowers won't be able to make the journey. The series may come prematurely to an end; but I am still hoping to finish one more pair of panels when I work today.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Recent paintings

"Milkweeds"; 25 x 25"; acrylic on paper mounted on panel; 2017


 I am finding more time for the studio now that the spring semester has concluded. I resolved the painting above and am still working on the one pictured below. The milkweed pods are much more literal in the piece below, and I am uncertain whether or not I will leave them as they are. Just  last week I reintroduced the background color over the group of two pods at the top leaving some areas of the underlying painting visible and scratching lines into the color while it was still workable. While it largely obliterated the forms, it also made them much more exciting.

"Untitled" work in progress; about 30 x 25 inches; acrylic on paper

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Current Project

"In the Red Recliner"' 5 x 5"; colored pencil in sketchbook
It has been a massive effort to carve out time to make work this year. So I devised a project that I felt I could keep with - small drawings of objects around my house. I am often squeezing these in after a long day of teaching or around the class preparation and grading that needs to get done. They take an hour or two, and they act as a break - a moment to simply record what I see before me.

My work is inevitably influenced by my teaching and this year I had a preponderance of students tell me that they felt at sea using acrylic paint. "Well, what are you comfortable with?" I would ask. And the response, on multiple occasions was "colored pencils". I am embarrassed to say, I had never really taken the media seriously. In fact, it wasn't until I opened a monograph of David Hockney drawings and saw his searingly articulate contours drawn in flashes of color that I thought of using it myself.

Soon after, I was perusing Jennifer Bartlett's drawing project, In the Garden, and I was struck by her square format and her juxtaposition of two drawings. Bartlett's own project was born of limitations. She found herself in residency in France, when the unrelenting bad weather laid all her plans of working outside to waste.

It seemed fitting to borrow from both artists in my quest to sneak in some time to make art. You can view more of the project on my Instagram feed here.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

"A Love Letter to My Garden" at Gallery 65

Installation view; "A Love Letter to My Garden" at Gallery 65


 The year culminated in a small solo exhibition of paintings I created this summer, titled, "A Love Letter to My Garden". The work lovingly chronicles the flowers in the garden at my former home in Massachusetts. Admittedly, some of the work is more literal with accurately depicted plants, while other paintings were more playful riffing on color combinations and compositional possibilities inherent in the subject. They were a joy to make and helped me process the loss of our first home. I had worked for seven years to rehab the empty suburban landscape into an area that native wildlife could make use of. What began as a mono culture of Kentucky bluegrass devoid of any insect or animal activity was, in the end, filled with a myriad of visitors nesting, feeding, and eating around the house. In a way, the landscape had come back to life.


Installation view: "A Love Letter to My Garden" at Gallery 65


  I made the drive out to Massachusetts for the opening reception at the beginning of December. I was pleased with the installation and had a great weekend visiting with old friends. "A Love Letter to My Garden" is on view at Gallery 65 in New Bedford, MA through January 28th.Go check it out!
  View more work from the series here.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Autumn Exhbitions

This year late October brings with it a flurry of activity to prepare for upcoming exhibitions. I have been framing non-stop since I returned from my weekend away in NYC. At this point, everything but my solo show is packed up and in the mail. Wish me luck!


"A Love Letter to My Garden"; 19 x 18; acrylic and glitter on paper mounted on panel




All of the venues I'm exhibiting at are in and around the Boston area. If you live in the area or plan on visiting, there is some exciting stuff to see. First up, my painting, A Love Letter to My Garden, is part of a group exhibition at Thomas Young Gallery in Boston. A Group Thing brings together upwards of 30 contemporary artists in Boston's Seaport District. The opening reception is next Sunday from 5 - 9pm.


"Intrusive Thoughts" 9 x 10"; acrylic on panel; on display at Deedee Shattuck Gallery in November

A week later there is an opening reception for the annual Small Works exhibition at Deedee Shattuck Gallery in Westport, MA. The exhibition is by invitation only and I am thrilled to have been asked to participate. The gallery is in a stunning light-filled space on Massachusett's south coast showing a roster of distinguished artists many of whom live and work in area. The opening reception is Saturday, November 12 from 5 -7pm. I'm planning to attend, so come on by! I hope to see you there!

In early December I will be back on the south coast for a small solo exhibition of my work at Gallery 65 on Williams St in New Bedford. The owner, Nicole St Pierre, is a friend of mine; and her husband, Marc, was my printmaking professor in graduate school. The show gives me a chance to display a recent body of paintings I made in response to our move from Massachusetts. They are an homage to the garden I left behind. View them here. I'm truly excited for the show. The work is fresh and playful and it was a real joy to make. The reception is Saturday December 3, from 4 - 7 pm.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

September Exhibitions

  I have work in three separate locations across the country this Septemeber. If you happen to be in the vicinity of any of these shows, there are some great things to see.



 The faculty show at PrattMWP opens this Friday in Utica, NY. It is my first semester in my new position as Assistant Professor of 2D Foundations, and I am honored to be exhibiting alongside the distinguished faculty at PrattMWP. If you're in the upstate area, the reception is from 4 - 6 pm and the exhibit is up through October 7.


 
  The Hallspace Drawing Project is already on display in Dorchester, MA. I visited the gallery for the first time last spring to see an exhibition of paintings by Brigid Watson and was impressed by both the work and the space. When I saw that the gallery was having an open call to participate in a drawing exhibition, I jumped at the chance. All work on display is 12 x 12 inches and priced at $144. The gallery has limited hours, opened Friday and Saturday, but the roster of artist participating in this show is well worth the trip. The show is on until October 1.



Lastly, for those of you in the southwest, It Laid Waste is part of a national juried exhibition at Adams State University in Alamosa, CO. The exhibition, Atypical Topographies, examines fresh takes on the genre of landscape. I packed up my piece and sent it on its way this Tuesday. The show opens Thursday, September 29 and is up through October 26.

Friday, June 17, 2016

A Love Letter to my Garden

"A Love Letter to my Garden";19 x 18"; acrylic and glitter on paper


  Summer is typically a slow time for me in the studio. As the temperature increases, my space becomes a little too hot to enjoy working in; and often, the long winters create the desire to wile away my time in the garden - weeding, planting new beds, and watching the flowers grow. As you may know, this year we are moving from our home near Boston to upstate NY so that I can start a job as an Assistant Professor at PrattMWP. I am grateful for the opportunity to do what I love in a full time capacity; and at the same time, I am heartbroken to leave behind the garden I have spent the last seven years creating. The conflicting emotions have come together in a new series of paintings which I am enjoying immensely. View them here. They are exciting because they are playful and visually vibrant - at once a celebration of our time here and a commemoration of what we are now leaving behind.