Scroll through slideshow to view some new paintings I’ve finished recently.
Click photo to view album of my solo show, Fenomenal, at LAUNCH LA. Last day to see it is tomorrow, March 3, 12-6PM.
Here's me talking about my process, inspirations & color palette at the Artist Talk on Feb. 17:
My solo show debut at LAUNCH LA opens this Saturday, February 3, 6-9PM. Kindly RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. Full event details here. I have 13 paintings on display, and would love to know what you think!
For preview link and inquiries, please contact the gallery: email@example.com.
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 summer 2019. Keep an eye out for updates!
My painting for Cratedigger Vol. 2 was inspired by U2's The Joshua Tree album.Read More
What is an Art Fair anyway? What's up with StARTup Art Fair? Read on to find out!Read More
Details for my first Art Fair exhibit.Read More
History of my "Flawless" series, currently on view in the "Bold Beauty" show.Read More
Photos from the Opening Reception of "Bold Beauty" group showRead More
Time-lapse video of my newest painting in-progress.Read More
Photos from the opening reception at Washington Reid Gallery.Read More
The Artist Reception is on Saturday October 22, all event details here. I'm excited to be showing in Culver City, an art haven in the middle of Los Angeles, and at this wonderful venue. Also, I love the combination of my work with Dale's - we both love vibrant color and make work dealing with memory and loss, but in completely different ways. Should be exciting - join me!
A photographer friend of mine asked me recently why I picked painting as my medium. Simply put, because I love it so! What do I love about painting? To quote a line from Almost Famous (one of my favorite movies): "To begin with, everything."
I put together a short list to explain this admittedly somewhat irrational love:
It can take me longer to mix the perfect color than to actually use it sometimes, and I love every minute of it. There's something supremely satisfying about mixing the most beautiful hues, just so. It's a tactile sensation - especially when the paint is fresh and buttery; a visual thing - creating lush, vivid colors or muted, somber shadows; and a mental puzzle - figuring out which colors to combine to make a specific color, and how that color will change depending on what it is placed next to on the canvas.
Blending is so fun! It's basically softening 2 colors or values together to create a third. You can use it to soften lines together. Most often I find myself with a dark and a light value, then I brush them together to create a medium value that serves as a transition, often between highlights and shadows. This can create the illusion of roundness on a flat surface. I'm still surprised sometimes at what a little blending can add to the painting's overall effect. It really is the little things that make a big difference, and I love paying attention to the details.
CREATING BY HAND
We live in a digital age, and while I love my smart phone, computer and the internet as much as the next person, there's something special about creating by hand. In part, it's the fact that this thing is unique - no one else could make it exactly the same because humans aren't robots. I love having the ability to paint from life, but make adjustments as I see fit - changing the colors, textures, or values to suit the mood or emotion I am trying to evoke. However, nowadays our digital tools are so good that you can do that digitally too, which is partly why this photographer friend posed the question to begin with - why painting?
So there is another element: creating something by hand is physical - it uses your whole body and senses. Even though painting is primarily about your eyes and hands, I also notice the smells - I love the smell of oils, but not of the mediums that go with them - and the tinkling sound as my brush hits the side of jar when I whisk it around in mineral spirits to clean it off. I do try to avoid tasting my oil paints (although I've had some close calls!), as this could be fatal!
You get the idea - painting is both a physical activity and a mental puzzle, and I get immense pleasure out of these exercises. What makes your chosen art form or creative outlet the "bees knees" for you? I'd love to know - leave me a comment below!
Photos & video from the opening reception on Sept. 2, 2016.Read More
Tomorrow - be there or be square! Opening reception for the 4th Annual Coaster Show at La Luz de Jesus Gallery.
I'm excited to be a part of this highly-anticipated annual event featuring mini-paintings on 4-inch regular beer coasters (round or square) and priced at $250 or less. Scroll down to view my 4 coaster paintings ($60 each) - click each image to view making-of timelapse videos. Read full story of how the Coaster show originated here (scroll down past featured artist Mark Todd).
Wow. Wonderful show at Lamperouge Gallery yesterday!
So pleased to be a part of it, and surprised (in a good way!) to get a whole wall to display 6 of my new paintings. Feeling incredibly grateful to everyone who was able to make it out, and all the kind comments about my work since.
The show was a big success due to the amazing artists involved - the fabulous Michael Frietas Wood curated the show, and he along with Beanie Kaman, Peggy Sivert, Ben Zask, Gilles d'Amecourt, Kristan Marvell & Tracey Weiss did an excellent job installing the exhibit. The show was balanced and created a flow through the beautiful converted industrial venue. Not an easy feat when you are trying to give equal weight to 15 artists with many color palettes, subject matter and both sculptural and 2D elements!
Like many of the viewers, I only wish this magical and poignant show could have continued for more than one day. View more photos on the Facebook event page.
Ready, set, GO! Turns out that I have a busy fall coming up: I have a show a month for the next 5 months, starting with the "Solidarity" pop-up this Sunday, August 21. More details for each exhibit on my Upcoming Events page. Below is an overview for you, which you can download, print and stick on your fridge!
I'm happy to invite you to see a couple of my new paintings, alongside 14 other talented artists, in Solidarity: a pop-up group show.
"This group of artists is a reflection of the great diversity that makes up this city...the exhibition encompasses the energy of Los Angeles, demonstrating a shared harmony and unity - a working dialog of acceptance - that comes from all its communities."
FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/610606342450717/
Lamperouge Gallery is located in the Brewery Art Complex.
Directions & Map: http://www.lamperouge.org/about/
Do you believe in second chances? If you missed the show last month, you have another chance to come see my paintings (& meet me!) at The Hive Gallery & Studios this month. I'll be present for the event nights:
- June 4, 8-11PM, Opening Reception
- June 9, 6-11PM, DTLA Art Walk
Trust me, original paintings are ALWAYS better in real life, so if you're in the area, stop by!
Regular gallery hours are Wed-Sat, 1-6PM. 729 S. Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90014.