I would like to announce there will be a closing reception and artist talk for my current exhibition "Grounded" at Gallery 2 in Grand Forks from 1pm - 3pm Saturday April 8th. Everyone is welcome!
Artist Statement (opening paragraph)
This exhibition of drawings explores the subject of being grounded. I explore, by examining the ground of ordinary objects, that which allows us to move outside the ordinary. I focus on visualizing weight, repetition and pattern, and work to capture something special in the subject matter. I try to bind the ordinary to the extraordinary without losing ground, without forgetting what grounds us everyday. It was out of facing this challenge I came to understand that in humble and simple objects we can realize something mysterious, something larger, perhaps even something heroic.
I am so excited to be chosen for a solo art exhibition with Light, Space & Time Online Gallery! John Math has done a beautiful job putting together a You Tube video showing an overview of my mixed media assemblage art works, sent out 70 world wide press releases, and gave me a feature page on the gallery's website. So far the traffic to my artist website has tripled! If you are interested in this type of promotion (and who wouldn't be) I would recommend checking this gallery out, they are very respectful and professional.
My colored charcoal drawing, "Bricks in Color" has found a new home. Thank you Beth and Murray Gartner of Calgary AB, I can't wait to see it framed on your wall!
Very happy to see this charcoal drawing go to a new home, thank you Laurie and Jim Brigan of Airdrie Alberta.
To approach painting using the Wabi Sabi aesthetic means to honor and appreciate rough textures, natural materials, and subtle hues. This year I had a great group of students and we started out the class by exploring the back alleys of Nakusp in search of inspiration, and then took our photos and found objects to the classroom to create beautiful and surprising works. Students learned new arrangement and composition skills, and explored glazing, scumbling, antique effects and worked with textural acrylic mediums. The class is so much fun because we share our ideas and struggles, and learn a great deal from each other. The Wabi Sabi way of expressing beauty within the imperfections of life is so good for the artistic soul!
I am so happy to announce that one of my favorite drawings has found a new home here in Nakusp! " In the Stone Carver's Garden #4" is inspired by photograph I took in the gardens of Toru and Janice Fujibayashi, Toru being a well respected sculptor who resides in Crescent Bay, Nakusp. They generously allowed me to take some photos on their beautiful and simple property, and it has been challenging and rewarding for me to draw from the images I discovered there.
I am so excited to be teaching a painting style that has been near and dear to my heart. here in Nakusp! I began using collage and mixed media while I was at ACAD in the 70's and its possibilities continue to intrigue me. I love this whimsical and intuitive manner of working, and it provides a great balance to the concentrated discipline of my charcoal drawing.
I now have the above images available as 11"X14" signed limited edition reproductions for $25.00 each, and I can ship them to you for an addition cost. Inquiries can message me on FB.
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