Last year I was invited to create a label for Imagery Estate Winery's prestigious Artist Label Program.
This winery began in the 1980s as a collaboration between a wine maker, Joe Benzinger, and an artist, Bob Nugent. They agreed that as Joe experimented with rare and innovative blends, Bob would create beautiful and interesting labels. Soon, Bob began selecting other artists to participate, and over the past 30 years he curated a collection including artist from all of the world.
The artists are given free range, with the exception that they have to include the Parthenon structure somewhere on the label. Often this becomes a game, connoisseurs in the know searching to locate the hidden building. Read the history here.
Bob Nugent retired recently, and the new curator, Kara Lynae, is now beginning a collection in which my painting will be featured. The winery has a gallery where they display the original works for wine tasters to enjoy at their leisure.
My painting was selected to adorn the 2016 Teroldego, which will be released in fall 2018. Keep an eye out for updates!
Wishing you all a bright holiday season with loved ones!
This is where I did my painting retreat in September - see my photo album of this gorgeous locale. *Note: I am unable to attend, but the event is free and open to the public. Art will be available for sale.
In September, I spent 3 blissful weeks in wine country on my first artist residency (aka, painting retreat).
The Chalk Hill Artist Residency is on the Warnecke Ranch, 81 acres of land on the Russian River, growing several varietals of grapes for various winemakers in the region. I lived in an 1890s farmhouse - filled with art books! - and painted in a former goat barn, converted into a large studio.
I kept a sketchbook, and rediscovered the immediacy of watercolors, which I haven't used in years. It was fun to do quick sketches inspired by the beautiful locale and wonderful September light. As you can see, I was still able to find buildings to paint, despite being in a rural setting:)
It was liberating to be completely on my own schedule: painting, sleeping, hiking, eating (I really enjoyed all the fresh fruits and vegetables from the local farmers markets!) whenever I wanted to, and being (mostly) disconnected from the internet and the world.
I went through the whole gamut of weather - from record-breaking heat (so glad to have the Russian River handy to go jump into!), to chilly rain and gloomy clouds, to crisp morning air and golden autumnal light. This culminated in the first leaf of fall (or so I like to think), right on the fall solstice!
I can tell that the light and colors of this beautiful place affected the light and colors in my new oil paintings - to good effect, I think! I'm delighted to have had this wonderful opportunity.
*NOTE: My residency ended just a couple weeks before the fires devastated the region. Luckily, everyone at the residency, the property & animals are all safe. See my list of donation resources here.
Thank you to everyone who came out to the Keystone Open Studios on Saturday!
Various photos from the event (note: click thumbnail to view full image):
Photo credits: myself, Ricardo Singer, Jason Villena & Kate Carvellas.
The group show in the gallery, featuring one piece from every Keystone artist, continues through November 4. Come check it out! Gallery hours are Mon-Sat, 12-5PM.
Photo credit: Toshee Art
The series of natural disasters hitting our hemisphere over the last couple of months have been emotionally devastating, even for those of us not directly affected. The Tubbs Fire in Sonoma County hit closer to home as it's the very area where I did my residency in September, and I know people affected both by the flames and the smoke. While I feel too far away and small to make a difference, I am donating 10% of my October sales to disaster relief, specifically to Redwood Empire Food Bank (Tubbs Fire) and Vieques Love (Hurricane Maria).
In case you haven't had time or are too overwhelmed to do research, I've compiled a list of places you can donate to. The immediate danger may have passed, but these communities are still very much in need. Most of these places are requesting MONEY DONATIONS rather than supplies, as this gives them flexibility to figure out need and logistics. For volunteer opportunities, be sure to contact the agency prior to showing up, to make sure they have a need you can fulfill.
TUBBS FIRE - SONOMA COUNTY, CA
- SF Gate has a good list here: http://www.sfgate.com/local/article/how-to-help-north-bay-fires-napa-santa-rosa-12264095.php
HURRICANE MARIA - PUERTO RICO & SURROUNDING ISLANDS
- PBS has good list on here (scroll down): https://www.pbs.org/newshour/nation/can-help-hurricane-victims-puerto-rico
- GoFundMe hub: https://www.gofundme.com/raise-funds/hurricanemaria
HURRICANE HARVEY - HOUSTON, TX
- Undies for Everyone: https://www.undiesforeveryone.org/
I am so excited to invite you over to my new studio at Keystone Art Space on Saturday, Oct. 21 (6-10PM). Address: 338 S. Ave 16, LA, CA 90031. I'm in Studio B14.
Come see where the magic happens! Over 40 studio spaces will be open to the public one-night only - a unique opportunity to meet the artists and to purchase their artwork directly. In addition, Keystone Gallery will feature a group show of all the studio artists.
Join the Facebook event for more info and teasers from participating artists.
I was honored to be one of 10 artists included in this show at the Pacific Club in Newport Beach, curated by Jeannie Denholm of Southern California Art Projects & Exhibits (SCAPE).
Links to Facebook album of event photos.Read More
Opening Aug. 26, SPACIAL/RECOGNITION focuses on how architecture can shape and direct us in unseen ways.Read More
Links to my Instagram post of my faves from the show.Read More
My painting for Cratedigger Vol. 2 was inspired by U2's The Joshua Tree album.Read More
Group show pays homage to the lost art of the album cover. Opens Aug. 12.Read More
Work-in-progress for Cratedigger Vol. 2 show at Gabba Gallery in August.Read More
A truly supportive art community raises money to help one of its own.Read More