4.21.2016

"Grace Unfolding" available at Art Gala Auction

"Grace Unfolding"    14 x 28 inches     oil on canvas laid on wood
My painting will be available at the Houston Academy Art Gala Auction held 
Saturday, April 23 at the Dothan Botanical Gardens.  Doors open at 6pm.  

For more information visit www.houstonacademy.com/gala

4.18.2016

Two of my paintings are being considered for a show in Italy - update: one selected for Italy, one selected for Art at City Hall Summer Exhibition

Red Rose     30 x 40 inches     oil on canvas

Family Gathering     12 x 16 inches     oil on canvas
I've just delivered these two paintings to the Montgomery Museum of Fine Art where they are being considered for the MMFA's 2016 Italy Exhibition. The chosen artworks will travel to Pietransanta, Italy where they will be shown in a gallery in the Palazzo Panichi.  It is an honor for two of my paintings to have made it this far in the selection process.  I should find out later this week if they are selected.

UPDATE:
"Family Gathering was selected for the 2016 Italy show which will be held from June 25 - July 31, 2016 in Pietransanta, Italy.

"Red Rose" was selected for the Art at City Hall Gallery Summer Exhibition in Montgomery.  This show will be open mid-May through mid-August.

4.14.2016

Painting in Bed

My watercolor set-up for painting in bed.

As an art therapist I have helped children and adults in different hospital settings use art as a part of their healing and to help them get through difficult times.  I've turned this experience to good use for myself recently.  Being diagnosed with Mononucleosis for the fourth time, I was well familiar with how horrible it can make one feel and how long it lingers.  The long hours of bed-rest are difficult for me because there are so many things I want to be doing - painting and gardening being the top two.  With mono, the body may be sick but the mind isn't.  I decided to use what little energy I had to paint.  I put my Sennelier watercolor box,  a watercolor basin for washing my brushes as well as clean water (not too much water to prevent spills),  a small bit of paper towel, and brushes onto a small tray.  I set this beside me in bed and put the painting in my lap.  Watercolor is a great medium for those who aren't feeling well because it requires little physical energy.  Propped up with lots of soft pillows, I painted away until I was too tired to lift my arm anymore.  I would then set the tray and painting aside until I had enough energy again.  Not only did the act of painting bring me joy, as it always does, but it also helped me pass many hours distracted from how miserable I was actually feeling.  The painting you see in the photo above was painted almost entirely in bed.  I'll post an image of the completed painting soon.  If you know someone that has a prolonged illness or is bed-ridden, a small box of watercolors and paper might be a welcome gift.

4.05.2016

My Artwork Featured on the FSU College of Fine Arts Website

My artworks are the two directly in front of the person. I was looking for something on the Florida State University College of Fines Ar...