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.
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”.
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
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 Museumand 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.”
February is off to a great start. I sold a piece and won two awards. An Award of Excellence for my piece on panel “Two Figures” and an Award of Merit for “Comfortable with Our Love” in the 4th Biannual Competition, Four Point Contemporary, Online Gallery with Juror: Ahyor Thompson. Submissions were received from artists from approximately 32 countries. I am feeling really grateful that I sold a piece as well as for the recognition.
It seems my intentions for the New Year are already shifting for good reason. I’m having a portfolio review in April which moves up my deadline by one month to finish the oil paintings I’m working on as well as the update of my website.
I’m also dropping work off at ARC Gallery today in San Francisco for “Impulse”.
Bay Area Juried Exhibition & Off-The-Wall Sale
Impulse – A spur of the moment, unplanned decision to buy, made just before a purchase
JURORS: Arc Gallery & Studios partners – Michael Yochum, Priscilla Otani, Stephen C. Wagner, & Matthew Frederick
“Impulse OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday, January 17th, 7-10PM
“Impulse” LAST CHANCE SALE: Saturday, January 31st, 12-3PM
What an incredible collection that captures this time in art history. I was fortunate to go with my daughter who went wild over the Rauschenberg piece shown below.
Image from Art Market San Francisc0
oil and silkscreen ink on canvas, overall: 213.4 x 152.4 cm (84 x 60 in.) inches
Robert and Jane Meyerhoff Modern Art Foundation, Inc.
Excerpt from the DeYoung Museum Website: Modernism from the National Gallery of Art: The Robert and Jane Meyerhoff Collection brings paintings by the great masters of the post-war world to San Francisco. The de Young will feature nearly 50 works by Ellsworth Kelly, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns, and Frank Stella, among others. The de Young is the exclusive venue for this exhibition, the first of the Meyerhoff Collection on view outside the greater Washington, DC, and Baltimore metro areas.
If you are in the Bay Area this exhibit is going on until October 12 and worth seeing.