"These jewel-like paintings intuitively fuse different aesthetic traditions, folk art and old master, with natural grace and an uncanny quality that may be a species of magic." —American Arts Quarterly
I am pleased to present three new paintings which will be included in my upcoming solo show in Santa Fe on December 4. Please contact the Meyer Gallery for availability and purchase inquiries at email: firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone at 800-779-7387 or 505-983-1434
In creating this series of work, I found myself drawn to twisting florals and vines as if being cocooned by nature. All through the spring and summer, I have found solace and comfort through walking in nature, appreciating the wildflowers and birds inhabiting this beautiful New Mexico landscape. This fall is especially beautiful, the Aspens gilding the mountains with their golden leaves. I return to the recurring theme of Flora and Fauna to explore our relationship with Nature and that of Love and Loss because it is a time of strengthening our relationships with each other and a time of grief and hope.
Beloved, In what other lives or lands Have I known your lips Your Hands Your Laughter brave Irreverent. Those sweet excesses that I do adore. What surety is there That we will meet again, On other worlds some Future time undated. I defy my body’s haste. Without the promise Of one more sweet encounter I will not deign to die.
~ REFUSAL by Maya Angelou
Refusal: Hand with Maya Angelou 2020, oil on panel, 7×5 inches
My solo show in Santa Fe at the Meyer Gallery has been rescheduled to December 4 – December 10, 2020. I will be releasing paintings for the show available for purchase throughout the weeks/months running up to December. So please let John, Jonathon, and Jordan at Meyer Gallery know of your interest so they can alert you as soon as they get the paintings.
I’m on TV! Back in October of last year, I spent a day of filming with the crew of “Artful” a documentary series featuring Utah and nearby artists. It was a wholly new and fun experience. I share the episode with artist Justin Wheatley. In the episode I share my studio process, my studio space and the inspirations behind my paintings. Please tune in tomorrow, Sunday May 31 at 11:30 am and 3:00 pm Mountain Time. The episode streams here.
I write this post from the safety of home. I wish everyone and their loved ones wellness and kindness during these difficult times. Today I share a recent drawing that has uplifted me. The clasped hands are symbolic of our togetherness even in the midst of social distancing, and the birds are symbolic of hope and love. The drawing has inspired me to create a series of paintings for my Santa Fe show at Meyer Gallery later this year (scheduled for August 28) focusing on the theme of togetherness and resilience.
I am very happy to announce my solo exhibition of new paintings—Florilegium— at the Meyer Gallery in Park City, Utah. An opening reception will be held this Friday, February 28th from 6-9 p.m. during the Park City Gallery Stroll.
florilegium: a collection of literary extracts (an anthology) from Early 17th century modern Latin, literally ‘bouquet’ (from Latin flos, flor- ‘flower’ + legere ‘gather’)
My inspiration for this body of work came from a desire to combine the language of flowers with an anthology of poetry. I selected poems and imagery that are evocative of paradise gained and lost. “The Lovebirds”—a double portrait of a couple in love inspired by William Shakespeare’s song It Was a Lover and His Lass—is full of the promise of springtime and conjugal happiness. In contrast, “Evanescence: Hand with Hummingbirds and Orchids”—inspired by Emily Dickinson’s poem Evanescence—depicts the precariousness of nature, with fires consuming the rainforest in the background. “Xanadu” and “The Lotus-Eaters” beckon us to escape into dreamlands which are full of beauty, mystery and danger. Please click on individual images below to see more of the painting and to read the accompanying literary excerpt.