“Une Petite Nuit” small works show

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I am pleased to announce that my new painting “Robinetta” will be in the small works group show “Une Petite Nuit” at the Meyer Gallery in Park City. The show runs from September 30 thru October 17.  An opening reception will be held on Friday, September 30th, six to nine p.m. and will feature live music and petit four treats.

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“Robinetta” 8×6 inches, oil on panel, available at Meyer Gallery, Park City

 

“Flora and Fauna” opening night

Thank you to everyone who attended the artist’s reception at Meyer Gallery on Canyon Road last Friday. It is always a pleasure to get to converse about the inspirations for a body of work, and to hear about people’s own interpretations and how a painting speaks to them. It was a lovely evening full of good company accompanied by a seasonal Santa Fe late afternoon monsoon shower.

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“Flora and Fauna” Solo Show Sep 16-22

I am pleased to announce “Flora and Fauna”, my solo exhibition of paintings at the Meyer Gallery in Santa Fe. Please join us for the opening reception tomorrow, Friday, September 16 at 5 – 7 p.m. The show runs through the 22nd.

In exploring the many varieties of ‘flora’ and ‘fauna’, I drew inspiration from 17th Century Dutch flower painting’s sumptuous beauty. The symbolism of flowers may speak of constancy, unrequited love, and the ephemeral nature of beauty itself. I continue to expand the role of animals in my works by looking back into the menagerie in Jean-Baptiste Oudry’s paintings. I believe companion animals reflect the inner desires, jealousies, kindnesses and hurts of their human guardians.

I would like to thank all the wonderful supporters and collectors of my paintings as well as the great staff at Meyer Gallery for the pre-sales and their continuing support. There are still a handful of paintings available. Please contact the gallery for details.

 

September Solo Show: “Flora and Fauna”

I am very happy to announce my upcoming show “Flora and Fauna” at Meyer Gallery in Santa Fe running from September 16 thru September 22. It is the only show I am doing this year and the first works are now available at the gallery.

As the show title “Flora and Fauna” suggests, the works will be celebrating images from the botanical, zoological and ornithological worlds. Stay tuned for more paintings posted as they become available.

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“The Songbird” 8 x 6 inches, oil on panel

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“Hand with Roses and Lover’s Eye” 7.75 x 5.75 inches, oil on panel

2015 Texas Book Festival Poster

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I am very honored that my painting “The Naturalist” has been chosen for the official Twentieth Anniversary Texas Book Festival poster. The festival is on the weekend of October 17 and 18 at the Texas State Capitol in Austin and benefits Texas public libraries. I am thrilled to have been chosen because the public libraries have been instrumental in my self education as an artist. Before I even stepped inside an art museum I found art within the books I devoured at the library. More practically, I learned to draw and compose paintings by copying old master works found in books. I also discovered literature which has served me faithfully not just for comfort and escape but as a treasure chest of ideas for my works.  It is no wonder that I wish for my works to open the same doorways to dreams and imaginations that literature does.

The narrative quality of Ronquillo’s work made it a perfect choice to represent the Texas Book Festival this year. As Stephens [Rachel Stephens from the Wally Workman Gallery] remarks:

“As you can see in the festival poster image, her informed visual language creates characters that are layered with a past as well as a future. The eye contact activates the viewer as a participant. Her symbolism intrigues the imagination. It is no wonder that the literary community is drawn to her work. What time period is it set in? Are the flowers being offered or received? Is the finch a friend or a possession? And what army could the red armband signify? As with literature, there are no wrong answers. There are only stories, stories wanting to be told, stories wanting to be read.” ~ from the Texas Book Festival Lit Blog

Speaking of artists, you can spend the three months between now and TBF weekend admiring the poster art by Fatima Ronquillo, an elegant that looks as if it might be several centuries old, which has the feel of both the Old World and the New World, of past and present, of nature and civilization … it tells a story of the kind we love to discover in books. ~ Robert Faires, The Austin Chronicle

Book Covers for Valter Hugo Mãe

I am very excited to share this series of four book covers featuring my paintings of hands with lover’s eyes: the novels of Valter Hugo Mãe published by Alfaguara (Editora Objectiva). Valter Hugo Mãe is a renowned Portuguese writer who has won several literary prizes including the prestigious José Saramago Literary Prize (in 2007) and Grande Prémio Portugal Telecom de Literatura (in 2012). 2014 was the 10th anniversary of his first novel and Alfaguara has republished his first four novels to mark the occasion.

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Solo Exhibition: “Possession”

I am pleased to announce “Possession” ―an exhibit of new works at the Wally Workman Gallery in Austin, Texas. The show runs from March 7-28 with an opening reception on Saturday, March 7th, 6-8 pm. There is also a Preview Happy Hour on Thursday, March 5th, 5-8pm.

“Possession” is a body of work wherein figures are in the act or contemplation of possessing something or someone or are themselves possessed by something or someone. Portraits are in essence vignettes of personalities held in cherished objects. While there is the sure self-possession of the hunters and the beloveds, there also lurks the uncertainty within those emotionally possessed or even inexplicably and literally bound. Most often an ambiguity exists: is the figure the possessor or the possessed?