December 14th, 2012 was the day of the tragic shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School. There were twenty-six victims, most of them young children. Much has changed in this tragic year and peoples focus is elsewhere. This is a gentle reminder in this season of giving, to donate what you can to charities that are important to you.
Wishing you a joyful season of giving, and a healthy and happy New Year!
We have all had a year in 2020; fear, change, adaptations, working from home, teaching our children from home, and the overwhelming loss of loved ones. This year has taught me not to take anything for granted and that life is short and precious.
Spending more time at home has led us to re-learn how to enjoy our surroundings, and focus on nurturing ourselves with healthy exercise, eating nutritious food and by creating comfort in our homes.
What better way to enhance one’s space than with art that speaks to the soul? I am not insensitive to the rising unemployment numbers and industries that were hit hard by the pandemic. There are many ways to find art that will fit any budget but some of my favorites are the artists actual websites and web-stores. I have found several on Instagram, or gone to the artists website through Instagram.
Art for Everyone!
Many artists offer prints and with some mediums, like photography, you can get original works in limited editions quite reasonably. Most prices are negotiable too, especially if you hope to purchase more than one piece.
Artist Logan Hicks
If you love New York City as I do, check out artist Logan Hicks on line store. He has just done a new release of his New York City photos taken during the pandemic. The print quality is beautiful. My images have some reflection from the glass that covers the prints that I framed but I wanted to post them to entice you to his shop. They come securely packaged in a very timely delivery, unframed and signed. Thanks Logan!
Photographer Jordan Rosen
My friend photographer Jordan Rosen travels the world and most recently did an excursion to Iceland. Rosen’s photographic journal, on Instagram, follows four amazing cyclists from east to west across that beautiful country. (Click on his highlight for the video).You can purchase lots of his beautiful images from his website by clicking this link. His work has inspired several of my own paintings, two of which you see below. Thanks Jordan for giving me permission to use your photos for my painting inspirations!
The Summit Gallery-Snowflake Sale!
The Summit Gallery, which represents me here in Park City, Utah, is having a “Snowflake Sale”, offering 15% off my original mountain oil painting, “Spring Thaw”, seen below among others in the gallery. They have many of my works so stop by to see them in person if you are in town! The Summit staff is happy to make covid safe visits with the pieces of your choosing to your space, with no charge for this service!
Check out my website too for one-of-a-kind gifts to give to friends and family or keep for yourselves! Whether you’re gifting in-person or from a distance, all my works arrive ready-to-hang. Don’t be afraid to reach out and enquire!
Upcoming Shows/New Works
Summit Gallery-Featured Artist! January 28th- February 3rd, 2021.
I am the featured artist at the Summit Gallery during Sundance 2021! Creating a painting in the gallery with an audience is something I am not entirely comfortable doing. I will however, give it a shot. Elenor Roosevelt that said, “You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face”. I can only hope seeing my process helps my audience have a deeper understanding of my work and how “mistakes” are part of the evolution of the painting!
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The season of giving has begun! As we ramp up for these strange Covid holidays I hope you are able to gather with loved ones and enjoy time together in a safe way.
Today is Live PC/ Give PC Day where we honor and support all the non-profit organizations in our beloved Park City. “Parkites” are blessed with a beautiful place to live and are a generous bunch! Now is your chance to add to your collection or purchase this special gift for a loved one! Click here and let the auction begin! All proceeds from this sale go to the Kimball Arts Center!
My work always looks better in person! It is difficult to capture the reflective quality of the metal on which I paint in a two dimensional photo. View the actual painting at the Kimball Arts Center from now through November 24th, 2020! Go in person and check out all the art for auction!
I am always up for looking at art. I love going to galleries, museums, shows and art fairs just to see what is new, get ideas, & marvel at the talent out there. Lately with the Covid quarantine, I started following a few artists on Instagram, enjoying Isolation Art School in particular. Although I love art, I don’t have an art collection really. My home is filled with my own art mostly, I have a few favorite paintings that I can’t seem to part with, a few older paintings for posterity to remind myself of my progression but haven’t really collected anything, until now.
I started listening to this amazing pod cast called Collect Wisely by Sean Kelly. His gallery is on the corner of 36th Street and 10th Avenue, just down the block from our apartment. Apparently it has been there for decades, but had not been one I frequented in Chelsea. Anyway, you can click this link to hear the first episode with collector J. Tomilson Hill. I have been making my way through the episodes and am fascinated that most collectors start when they are young with simple, affordable pieces. Although my youth is but a faded memory, I decided to start my collection just the same.
Logan Hicks is an artist I follow on IG. He does murals, paintings and photography that I always find beautiful. I also love the history and stories he recounts in his posts about the places that inspire him. Recently, he has been roaming the streets of New York City at night and taking some amazing photographs. I love New York and it was so hard to choose but I managed to pick two, one of the Apollo Theater in Harlem and the second of Coney Island, both taken at night. So these are the first pieces in my collection. Click the links and tell me what you think. They are limited edition photos. He has a marvelous shop, Work Horse Visuals, which I hope to replicate one day when I get my act together. Ha!
The series of events of late are surreal for me and there are a lot of heartfelt emotions to comprehend, process and absorb. When titling this painting, I wanted to capture the essence of the storm and relate it to my own feelings of unrest, vulnerability and injustice. Dylan has always been a favorite of mine and this song plays in my head as I think about all that is happening now.
Shelter from the Storm
‘Twas in another lifetime, one of toil and blood When blackness was a virtue the road was full of mud I came in from the wilderness, a creature void of form Come in, she said I’ll give ya shelter from the storm. And if I pass this way again, you can rest assured I’ll always do my best for her, on that I give my word In a world of steel-eyed death, and men who are fighting to be warm Come in, she said I’ll give ya shelter from the storm. Not a word was spoke between us, there was little risk involved Everything up to that point had been left unresolved Try imagining a place where it’s always safe and warm Come in, she said I’ll give ya shelter from the storm. I was burned out from exhaustion, buried in the hail Poisoned in the bushes an’ blown out on the trail Hunted like a crocodile, ravaged in the corn Come in, she said I’ll give ya shelter from the storm. Suddenly I turned around and she was standin’ there With silver bracelets on her wrists and flowers in her hair She walked up to me so gracefully and took my crown of thorns Come in, she said I’ll give ya shelter from the storm. Now there’s a wall between us, somethin’ there’s been lost I took too much for granted, I got my signals crossed Just to think that it all began on an uneventful morn Come in, she said I’ll give ya shelter from the storm. Well, the deputy walks on hard nails and the preacher rides a mount But nothing really matters much, it’s doom alone that counts And the one-eyed undertaker, he blows a futile horn Come in, she said I’ll give ya shelter from the storm. I’ve heard newborn babies wailin’ like a mournin’ dove And old men with broken teeth stranded without love Do I understand your question, man, is it hopeless and forlorn Come in, she said I’ll give ya shelter from the storm. In a little hilltop village, they gambled for my clothes I bargained for salvation and she gave me a lethal dose I offered up my innocence I got repaid with scorn Come in, she said I’ll give ya shelter from the storm. Well, I’m livin’ in a foreign country but I’m bound to cross the line Beauty walks a razor’s edge, someday I’ll make it mine If I could only turn back the clock to when God and her were born Come in, she said I’ll give ya shelter from the storm”
I am generally a very open person. My family is always amazed at the intimate details complete strangers share with me about their lives. Some amazing opportunities have come my way just by happenstance, or fate as you will, from being open.
One summer afternoon in 2014, shortly after I had moved back to NYC, I found myself on an LIRR platform, trying to figure out which platform was for trains going into NYC and which were going out to the end of Long Island. There was no one around to ask, the ticket window was closed. An unusual looking man, dressed in cargo shorts, a tee shirt and a ball cap that said, “JERK” across the front walked onto the platform, (I later discovered the street artist, “Incarcerated Jerkface” hence the cap). He had a twinkle in his eye, a waxed handlebar mustache, tattoos everywhere and was carrying some canvas bags. I decided to ask him if I was in the right place. He answered in an Irish brogue that indeed I was on the platform heading to NYC. We started talking and he told me that he was heading to Bushwick, Brooklyn to work on a mural for The Bushwick Collective, and showed me all the cans of spray paint in his bags. Solus was my personal introduction to Street Art. His visual social commentary is concise and on target and his playful sense of humor draws you into his world and makes you want to see what else he has to say. That chance meeting opened my eyes to all the street art around me and I was hooked.
I wanted to work with spray paint and on a larger scale. The street is a gritty place so I used that influence by spray painting on old construction board, then using markers and oil crayons for more definition. I worked in the stairwell in my building which was being renovated so there was lots of construction there at the time. Certainly not ideal but super exciting. I was kicked out of the stairwell by the construction dude and that was the end of spray painting until I moved to the Bay area near San Francisco. I converted the garage of that place into my outdoor studio. I started small and found I liked thinking about the directional light that I could create within each piece. More fun.On
“Shady Stars”, 21″ x 21″, acrylic spray paint on steel, Sold
“Tropical Red”, 21″x 21″ acrylic spray paint on steel, Sold
“Aqua Shots”, 21″x 21″, acrylic spray paint on steel, Sold
Once I got the feel of it, I wanted to work bigger so found some steel at Home Depot and did a series of large flowers, experimenting with different techniques. I like layering the colors in a veil, masking the edges and experimenting with different nozzles to get different effects.
Finished and framed it brightens up an otherwise white apartment in my beloved NYC.
Big Red was juried into the Artbox Project’s gallery at Art Basel Miami. My friend went to check out my art and make sure everything was looking good for me. I was digitally represented in this show which is wonderfully vibrant on the screen.
Delphinium, (above), can be hung vertically or horizontally. A lot of time when I am working on a composition, I flip the panel around to make sure it is balance, especially in more abstract works. Carmen, (below), has layers of color to create luminosity and vibrance.
Violet Iris was sold to a collector who loves everything Iris.
I really liked the vibrant brights but wanted something a bit softer in dessert colors to sell in the high desert of Park City, Utah. I made Metamorphosis and Spiraling Fauna as companion pieces. The former is a large orchid like flower and the latter a compilation of smaller shapes weaving through one another.
“Metamorphosis”, acrylic spray paint on steel, 39″ x 51″, $6000
Metamophosis in the Artbox Gallery booth at the Spectrum Miami show, 2016.
“Metamorphosis” $7000, in a Park City boudoir.
Spiraling Fauna, 2015, 39 x 51, oil on steel, Sold
“Spiraling Flora” in a Deer Valley home.
So now what? Well, since the weather has finally warmed up, I am back in my well ventilated semi-outdoor studio thinking about what to do next. I used an underpainting that was spray painted for my most recent piece, “Pestilence” and am working on a few more sub-paintings for a few more city scapes. I follow artist Douglas Schneider in social media as I really enjoy his perspective and works. He is a master at abstracting parts of his paintings while still having nostalgic, figurative elements as well.