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

“The Novice” and “Marcel”

In the studio I tend to create stories about the works on the easel. Having gone to a Catholic school myself, I imagined the young nun as a teacher with the little schoolboy “Marcel” as her pupil. Now “Marcel” in my mind is a rather bookish young man, perhaps a writer or poet, not unlike a young Proust. The laurel leaves behind him symbolize his literary talents or aspirations. “The Novice with Dog and Sweet Peas” is a study in creams and whites, accented with a bouquet of pink and purple sweet peas on a ledge. The little King Charles spaniel accompanying her is adorned with a medal of honor hanging from a red ribbon.

Both works are now available at Meyer East Gallery in Santa Fe.

The Novice with Dog and Sweet Peas
“The Novice with Dog and Sweet Peas” 20×16 inches, oil on panel


“Marcel” 10×8 inches, oil on panel SOLD

“Tesoro Mio” opening night photos

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I just finished the body of work for my show which opens tomorrow, Friday, June 6, 5-7 pm at the Meyer East Gallery in Santa Fe. There are lots of new pieces built around the theme “Tesoro Mio” ~ a show full of many treasured objects and beloveds.

Exhibition Announcement: “Complexity”

Lady with Tulip and Cupid
“Lady with Tulip and Cupid” 24×20 inches oil on linen on panel SOLD

First, I want to wish everyone a beautiful winter season and a new year full of blessings. I am kicking off the new year with a two-person show “Complexity” at Meyer Gallery in Park City with the wonderful assemblage sculptor Heather Campbell. The opening reception is on January 4, 2013, 6-8pm. “Lady with Tulip and Cupid” above is the largest piece in the show. I have just shipped out these final works…  Preview the rest of the show here.

Le Billet Doux
“Le Billet Doux” 14×11 inches, oil on panel SOLD
Secret Beloved
“Secret Beloved” 12×9 inches, oil on panel SOLD
Masked Child with Tulip
“Masked Child with Tulip” 12×9 inches, oil on panel SOLD
The Favorite
“The Favorite” 12×9 inches, oil on panel SOLD
Hand with Lover's Eye in Green Jewel
“Hand with Lover’s Eye in Green Jewel” 7×5 inches, oil on panel SOLD
Hand with Lover's Eye in Coral Heart
“Hand with Lover’s Eye in Coral Heart” 7×5 inches, oil on panel SOLD