“Relaxed”, 12″ x 12″, Oil Paint on Panel

“Relaxed”, 12″ x 12″, oil on Panel is being shipped out this week to Fort Collins Lincoln Center’s Annual Contemporary Art Survey

This piece titled “Relaxed”, 12″ x 12″, oil on Panel is being shipped out this week to Fort Collins Lincoln Center’s Annual Contemporary Art Survey. The works chosen present a survey of contemporary art in America. The Guest Curator for this exhibition is Dean Sobel, Executive Director of the Clyfford Still Museum in Denver, CO. #art #artist #artwork #painting #meditation #sanfrancisco

Comfort in Tea, 48″x36″ , Oil Painting in Progress

All of my paintings have a special place in my heart. However, every once in a while there is a painting that brings a bit of nostalgia with it. This 48″x36″, oil painting in progress is one of them. Lately, I have been thinking a lot about my late grandmother. I have a fond memories of visiting her house and sitting with her in her kitchen drinking tea. Reflecting back on those memories brings me a sense of comfort.

I tried to capture that same peaceful comfort in this painting.

Artist Shilo Ratner,Comfort in Tea, 48inx36in, oil on canvas
Artist Shilo Ratner, Comfort in Tea, 48inx36in, oil on canvas

Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art, Reception: Saturday, July 11, 2015

Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art, Reception: Saturday, July 11, 2015

Marietta/Cobb Museum Metro Montage XV Exhibition
30 Atlanta Street SE | Marietta, GA 30060
Exhibition: July 11 – September 6
Reception: Saturday, July 11, 2015, 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Metro Montage XV
Metro Montage XV

Except from the Marietta/Cobb of Art Museum website.
The Exhibition’s Opening Reception will be on July 11, 2015, from 6pm to 8pm at the museum, and pieces will remain on exhibit in the Museum’s Main Galleries until September 6, 2015. Metro Montage XV is a juried art show that will feature a montage of subject matter, media, and styles from contemporary artists.

This year’s juror is Robmat Butler. A graduate of The University of Tennessee’s MFA program in sculpture, Robmat now lives and works in Knoxville, TN. He received a BFA in Studio Arts with a minor in Art History from the University of South Florida. In addition to being the Preparator and Exhibitions Manager at The Knoxville Museum of Art, Butler is an active contemporary artist, whose work has been shown both nationally and internationally. His work has, most recently, been included in Miami’s Art Basel and featured in The Brevard Art Museum’s show Naval Gazing. He served as the Installation Coordinator for the DUMBO Arts Festival in Brooklyn , NY and is currently the co-chair for the Dogwood Arts Festival’s Art in Public Places sculpture program.

Fort Collins Lincoln Center’s Annual Contemporary Art Survey

Just received fabulous news! One of my pieces was chosen for Fort Collins Lincoln Center’s Annual Contemporary Art Survey. The works chosen present a survey of contemporary art in America. The Guest Curator for this exhibition is Dean Sobel, Executive Director of the Clyfford Still Museum in Denver, CO.

The following excerpt about the guest curator is from the prospectus for this exhibition.  “Dean Sobel was instrumental in the creation and development of the Clyfford Still Museum and has been the museum’s Director since its opening in February 2005. A specialist in 20th Century art, Sobel was the Director of the Aspen Art Museum from 2000-2005 and was concurrently Chief Curator and Curator of Contemporary Art at the Milwaukee Art Museum. He has organized over 60 exhibitions of international contemporary art including multiple solo retrospectives. He is the author of One Hour Ahead: The Avant-Garde in Aspen, 1945-2004, published in 2004.”

Finished Oil Paintings

Attached are some finished oil paintings. One of which I had finished but decided to rework because I was called to. Many years ago, I had the opportunity to meet Raimond Strapran at his retrospective art show and book signing. While at the gallery, I had a brief chat with him and asked him if he ever reworks pieces even after putting the stamp of completion on it. He told me he has had pieces that are several years old that he went back into and reworked. The conversation struck a cord with me and has stuck with me ever since.

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