Does it Feel Like Me

Finding a voice. The ever changing challenge an artist is faced with. It’s such fun to play and experiment and be free when creating the work, but a cohesive body of work is necessary to take things to the “next” level so to speak. I’ve struggled for quite some time with this, but came across a quote from artists Jerry Mcloughlin and Rebecca Crowell’s new Cold Wax Medium Book (AMAZING BTW) that has become my mantra when in the studio… “Does it Feel like Me”?  I may like what I’ve created and even find it beautiful but for it to be honest it has to feel like me. Was the process in getting there one that felt natural to my creative process? Was I being honest with what feelings and emotions I wanted the work to reflect? For better or for worse does the piece sitting on the easel feel like a reflection of myself? Ask yourself these questions and you will find the work coming together in ways you’ve never dreamed.

New Gallery Representation

Thrilled to announce new gallery representation at The Rumjahn Gallery in Evansville, Indiana. They have a selection of my Chiyogami Series, Encaustics and Figuratives. If you are in the area please give them and their beautiful gallery a visit. For those in the Chicago area, Atkinson Collection Gallery continues to represent my Encaustic works….

 …with all this good news, the work in the studio is growing leaps and bounds. Not sure what the exact catalyst was but the work is evolving in ways I never imagined. Guess I’m growing up a bit 😉

Juried Encaustic Show “In Flawed Abundance”

 

 

“Stripped of causes and plans and things to strive for, I have discovered everything I could need or ask for is right here … in flawed abundance  ~  “Accepting This” by Mark Nepo

Thrilled to be included in this beautiful show juried by Conrad Miles… The sentiment is all my heart dreams of. If you are local to Newton, MA please swing by and check out some stunning work by many talented artists.  My piece “Beauty Is” will humbly be on display.

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No Fear 2017

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Into being 20×16 Encaustic
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Forever 12×12 Encaustic
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Surrender 20x16x2.5 Encaustic
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Fay 16×16 Acrylic collage
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A Little Love 12×12 Encaustic

 

Many goals were set at the start of the year and in reaching for the stars my practice has attained new heights of which I had yet only dreamed. With no fear of failure (yet experiencing it very often!) I put my work out into the world and have seen the return with acceptance into 2 juried encaustic shows (Thank you Conrad Wilde Gallery & IEA!), inclusion in 3 group shows, sales and commissions all the way from Dubai, London and France to locally here in Los Angeles.  These small wins make the countless losses all worth while. For any who have a dream, cast your net wide and high and you WILL catch something good. Let’s see what the rest of 2017 has to offer!

Inspired in 2017

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2017 has me brimming with new ideas and happy to be creating. My goal for the year is to be more disciplined in working in a series and to participate in more shows… engaging my work in more events off the internet and out in the real world. I Hope all of you are enjoying the beginnings of a new year 🙂

 

Another Year

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Spring in Winter         24 x 24 Encaustic on cradled wood

 

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Beauty Is    12 x 9 Encaustic on cradled wood

 

As another year draws to a close I reminisce on some favorite pieces and all the new experiences my artwork has allowed for me. 2016 was a year filled with new opportunities for my practice and I am ever grateful for all of it. I send that gratitude out to all who have helped make it happen and carry a full heart into 2017!!  The best and happiest of new years to you all!!

 

 

Santa Monica Group Show

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Happy to announce my ladies are part of a fun filled holiday show at Beyond the Lines Gallery at Bergamont Station in Santa Monica. It’s my second show at this new, amazing, inspiring gallery and I am beyond thrilled to share it with all of you!  Show is up until Dec 29th  so if you are local and need some unique holiday gifts please stop on by!!