I feel so blessed to have my abstract painting, Imagine, chosen for Make Your Mark – Summer National Juried Exhibition at the Marin Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA). Exhibition opens Saturday, June 16, and runs through Sunday, July 29, 2018.
The Juror for this exhibit is Jen Tough. (text from MOCA website)
Jen Tough Gallery is a contemporary gallery and art consultancy located in Benicia, California. Programming includes an ambitious exhibition schedule comprised of solo shows rotating every several weeks, multiple art fairs, and the management of Opus – an invitational artist collective for independent artists. Jen Tough has a BFA from the Ohio State University, attending the Art Academy of Cincinnati and Parsons School of Design program in West Africa. She was the Art Director for Urban Outfitters, Hollywood Records, Warner Bros Records, numerous national magazines, and was a creative consultant for Nike for many years.
Growing up in a beach town in the summer was amazing. I have fond memories as a young child of spending my days swimming, climbing the jetty and eating sandy peanut butter and jelly sandwiches (not recommended). In my teens, that same beach is where I had my first kiss and had my young heart shattered. When I think back to all of those experiences I smile. This quote by B.J. Neblett says it all.
“We are the sum total of our experiences. Those experiences – be they positive or negative – make us the person we are, at any given point in our lives. And, like a flowing river, those same experiences, and those yet to come, continue to influence and reshape the person we are, and the person we become. None of us are the same as we were yesterday, nor will be tomorrow.”
I am a beach girl at heart and my abstractions are the sum total of my life experiences.
My posts are toggling back and forth these days with Figurative and Abstracted work. All I can say to that is that I am on this wild upswing and connecting to my truth as a painter.
The inspiration to create this painting all began with putting my daughters to bed. Part of their bedtime routine is to listen to music with either me singing completely off tune or listening to a selected list of songs. We were listening to “Imagine” written by #JohnLennon and I was telling my girls that this is one of my favorite songs. The following morning my oldest started singing it to me. The beauty of her singing as well as the beauty behind the lyrics burrowed deep into my heart. That morning in the studio I started working on this #painting. “Imagine”, 20 x 20″, Acrylic on Canvas, 2018. Just imagine a world at peace without the barriers of borders, divisions of religion or nationality.
I’ve been really busy in the studio the past few months. Along with getting ready for some upcoming exhibitions, I have been working on a large number of new paintings. My website is updated with new figurative work and a new page for my Abstract paintings has been created. Here is one of my newest Abstractions titled “No. 214”.