Friday, May 6, 2016

"Sweet, Sweet, Sweet" at Zg Gallery, Chicago

http://www.zggallery.com/gallery_information.htm
Sweet, Sweet, Sweet: New Paintings
May 5 - July 2, 2016
Artist Reception: Friday, June 3 from 5:30-7:30pm
Zg Gallery, Chicago

I'm over the moon to be working with the lovely Meg and Myra at Zg Gallery in Chicago, IL. Our exhibition "Sweet, Sweet, Sweet: New Paintings" is on view now through July 2.  This is my first exhibition in Chicago and I'll be flying into town for a reception on Friday, June 3, if anyone can join us in celebrating! Hope to see you soon, Happy Spring!!!

Monday, February 22, 2016

Winter Commission 2 of 2 - a work in progress... complete!

The second commission was through one of my fantastic California dealers, Daniel Fine Art, for the world renown, MGM Resorts International, and their Aria Hotel and Casino Sky Suites Lounge.  This is my second commission for the Aria Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. The first was completed in 2013 when I was 7 months pregnant! I'm sure glad it went well because it provided the opportunity to make the largest paintings I have every made.  Reflexive 1 and 2 measure 126 x 141 inches (that's roughly 10 1/2 x 12 feet) for each stretched canvas.  You can see the intricate lattice of the fine mechanical stretcher bars that I purchased through John Annesley Company.  I highly recommend them!! Here is a time-laps video of me, my husband, and two of my sister-in-laws, Leah and Elizabeth, stretching one of the massive panels:


My husband and I (but mostly my amazing husband) built a 16w x 18d x 14h foot visquine cube, complete with a roof, in my Mother and Father-in-law's heated garage in October 2015.  I began priming and painting immediately after we stretched the canvases.  Here is a shot of the first layer of paint applied with an 18 inch roller and extender rod:
Three days a week, after the 20 minute drive to get my son to school, I would drive over an hour to Chardon to work on the paintings.  My Mom and Stepdad helped out by watching Arlo after school so I could get in about 4-6 hours per day. Some days Arlo came with me to Chardon and my Mother-in-law and sisters-in-law would watch him.  Here are some shots Randall took of me working on the paintings in January:




Because the paintings were so big, and the cube was a little tight, I had to take photos of the paintings with my phone and look at the digital image on my hand held device in order get enough space between myself and the canvas. The process greatly aided the development of the paintings.  I edited and stitched all the reference photos off my phone to make this time-laps progress video turned GIF:



Its been a long process; about two months of planning, building and ordering, and four months of painting. I am so thankful for my family and all the help they provided so that this project would be possible. I just finished the paintings last Saturday, February 13.  Aaaaaaannnnnnnd we have approval!  Wooohooooo!!! Next step is applying a clear sealer coat, mapping the back of the canvas for re-stretching, taking them apart, and rolling them up to ship to California... phew! Here is an image of the final product:
 It's cocktail time! Cheers folks!!!

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Winter Commission 1 of 2

Hello All!  I've been a busy busy bee this winter. I was fortunate enough to receive two commissions of multiple large paintings last fall.  The first was through the Ohio Arts Council's Percent for Art Program.  After a few months and meetings with the University of Akron's panel and representatives from the Ohio Arts Council, I was able to make two large paintings for the new National Polymer Research Center on U of A's campus. Thank you so much to the panel and Ken and Kathy at OAC!!! Here is an install shot of both paintings in the space; one is located in the stairwell and one on this angled stair wall. Also a special thank you shout out to my Bonfoey dudes, Jeff and Brandon, for being such pros. You guys rule.


Here are images of the paintings themselves:

Fissure, acrylic, ink and spray paint on linen, 36 x 120 inches, 2015

Edge, acrylic, ink, and spray paint on linen, 72 x 48 inches, 2015



Monday, December 7, 2015

Happy December!

Happy December!

I hope you are finding this mild winter to your liking. I sure am! Randall and I went to Swan Farm and picked out a Christmas tree with Arlo in the crisp, bright, late morning sun today. It was a welcome change to the usually harried outing in the freezing rain and dark; rushing home with the tree sliding backwards off the roof of the car whilst gripping the twine above our heads with white knuckles - laughing all the way, ho ho ho! Here's hoping for a stress-free, laughter filled, holiday for all!

New Work

Here is a detail image of one of the newer paintings that I'm really excited about: "Raspberries 02", oil, acrylic, and pigment on panel, 30 x 40 inches. I'm having a great time figuring out glazes, and how certain colors really glow depending on layering and what colors you put next to them.

Upcoming Exhibitions

I'm thrilled to be included in a holiday group exhibition at RB Stevenson Gallery "Visual Language" on view from December 12 through December 30, 2015. The exhibition opens with a reception at the beautiful La Jolla gallery on Saturday, December 12 from 5-8pm. Thank you, Ron!

Also a thank you to Dante Rodriguez for all his hard work organizing a massive group exhibition of more than 50 NEO artists for his "Juntos" exhibition. Juntos is Spanish for together. The Museum of Hispanic and Latino Cultures has partnered with the Beth K. Stocker Art Gallery at the Lorain County Community College to bring this diverse group of artists together for an exhibition from December 12 through December 20, 2015.  The exhibition opens with a reception Saturday, December 12 from 4:30-9:30pm.

I hope everyone has a lovely holiday season!!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Lots and lots of turpentine

Belladonna (detail), oil, ink, spray paint on linen, 64 x 74 inches, 2015
Its been a mad mad summer of ferociously painting as I ready for two solo exhibitions this fall. Yowza! Each exhibition will have two large paintings on linen made with brushes that vary from 1/16 of an inch to 8 inches wide. There are far more layers in the new work and I'm working with more glazes and thinner paint.  Needless to say, I'm doing a lot of brush cleaning and going through mad gallons of turpentine and mineral spirits. The above snippet is of a painting titled Belladonna that will be in the Columbus exhibition with the fabulous and amazing Angela Meleca Gallery. The exhibition will open with a reception Thursday, September 17th from 5:30 - 8:30pm. Randall, Arlo and I will all be in attendance.  We hope to see some friendly faces!

The other exhibition will be at The Bonfoey Gallery in Cleveland, Ohio. This exhibition will open with a reception Friday, October 2nd from 5 - 8pm.  I hope all my Cleveland peeps can come out and play! Stay tuned for more info as we near the events.

I'm pleased to announce that I've received an honorable mention in the Dave Bown Projects 10th Semiannual Competition.  I'm among some pretty great company including another Cleveland native, Sarah Kabot, who won the top prize. Yeah!!

In other news, the drawing I sent to Australia arrived safely.  Evidently the first exhibition was well received and the work has moved on to the second gallery location. Its odd having artwork so far away.

I had the pleasure of attending the CAN Journal Friendraiser at Keith Berr Studio last Thursday night and what a treat! I got to meet some extraordinary folks and catch up with some art buds that I've been missing this year, including Frank Oriti just back from his European tour, and these two beauties Liz Maugans and Jen Craun:


Things are starting to wind down in the studio as some of the pressure is off, so I'm ready to get out and enjoy some of this summer.  Top things on my list? Going for a hike with the fantastic Amber D Kempthorn, and grabbing some nibbles with my bud Miss Amy Casey before she takes off for her Alaskan residency (photo below by Lou Muenz). Cheers folks!


Thursday, March 26, 2015

We made it through, Cleveland!!


The driveway is clear of snow mountains, the car is scrubbed of it's once salty skin, and the iris are sprouting new growth. That's right, it's springtime Cleveland!! We've made it past the subarctic temps of January and February and are tolerating a thirty degree March with mild whining. Victory is ours!!!

Sorry it's been so long since I've checked in. We've been super busy with baby boy Darling and getting through the holidays. Christmas was a blast this year, though, I must say. Here is a picture of my husband and me on a night out in December:



As of February my Mom retired after 30+ years at Eaton Corp. Congratulations Mom!! She and my stellar Step-Dad Kevin, affectionately known as "Pa", take Arlo three days a week so this little Mama can work in the studio!!!! Glory day oh! Glory day. I'm making the most of it and getting a ton of work done!!!! Rightly so since I'm pretty booked up this year. Here's the haps:

I'm having two solo exhibitions in 2015. The first is at Angela Meleca Gallery in Columbus, Ohio, which runs from September 17 - October 31, 2015. The exhibition opens with a reception Thursday, September 17 from 5:30-8:30pm and marks the gallery's two year anniversary. Angela knows how to do it up and I can't wait!!! The second is at The Bonfoey Gallery in Cleveland, Ohio, which runs from October 2 - November 1, 2015. This exhibition opens with a reception Friday, October 2 from 5 - 8pm. This will be my first solo show in Cleveland in almost 5 years and I'm so proud to have it with all my pals at Bonfoey!! I'll be doing a little crocheted window install eye candy too. I hope to see some familiar faces and be able to catch up after coming out of my new Mommy cocoon. In addition to all this madness, there are some big commissions coming down the pike with due dates around the same time, so stay tuned for images! Like my girl Amy says, "Optimistic much?" Yes. Yes I am.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Fall, fall, falling down

It's fall and while there will be no pumpkin spice lattes in my future, I'm enjoying the season with walks in our favorite park, readying the yard for winter, clam baking it up with some of my favorite people, and junking out on Halloween specials. I've finished a couple new paintings this October with a decidedly Great Lakes fall color palate (unintentionally if you can believe it!). Here is one titled "Dirt Growth" oil, ink, and spray paint on clear primed linen, 24 x 36 inches.



For two weeks this summer there were no exhibitions on the docket, so I tried out some new ideas. Here is one of the new works here: "Drifter 2" oil on paper, 17 x 10 inches.


A series of four of these, along with some other new paper pieces, can be found at the Bonfoey Gallery in Cleveland, Ohio. I'll be using some of what I learned to make a new body work for a solo exhibition at Angela Meleca Gallery in Columbus and a two person exhibition at Bonfoey Gallery, both taking place near the end of 2015.

Keep your fingers crossed for me - I'm writing for grants to send my goofball son to Montessori School next fall. Even though he's only one year old I can tell he's a people person and will really benefit from some interaction with other kids and socially functioning adults. He and I are duking it out in a battle of wills over here, and it's starting to get ugly. Some time apart (and time for Mommy to work in the studio) can only positively impact our relationship. :) Some good news on the Arlo front: I think we've overcome the separation anxiety peek. Also, he's still amazingly adorable and fully walking now, although, from time to time, he does fall down with a splat like Maggie from the Simpsons.

Happy Halloween everyone!!!