Saturday, July 9, 2016

Cooperstown National!

A new piece, High Noon at Three Forks, was accepted at the 2016 Cooperstown Art Association's National Juried Art Show, which runs from July 15-August 19.  This event is held at the historic Cooperstown Library, located at 22 Main Street, in Cooperstown.  The hours are daily 11-4 and Sundays 1-4. 

This name for this piece can from the three forks seen in the piece - each one pulling its own special kind of place in the action.  See if you can find them.  There is only one real fork.  I really enjoy trying to capture the look of my antique silver items.  They always catch and hold my eye as I pass by.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Spring and 2 Awards!

Fallen behind on my entries and time to catch up a bit.  "Dance of the Planets" was selected for the annual Shirt Factory Gallery juried show.  I love crystal marbles and have always wanted to try to capture the sparkle and and bouncing light they capture.

"Pillows" was juried into the North Country Arts juried show at their new location in the Glens Falls Shirt Factory.  The afternoon light creeping across my sofa is a daily phenomenon that often makes me pause to enjoy.

"Playing Hookey" was accepted for both the Adirondack Artists juried show and the Cooperstown Art Association "Essential Arts" regional juried art show where it received the Florence Peaslee Ward prize.  A stern rooster schoolmaster with his little, unformed egg pupils.  Except for one hookey player enjoying a bit of stolen freedom under the bridge.

"Silk Road Stroll" was chosen for the Central Adirondack "VIEW" art show where it was selected for the Master's Division and also received 1st prize for best drawing.  The beauty and mystery of faraway places.  Feeding the soul.


Monday, December 14, 2015

NCA Crandall Library Award

North Country Arts annual juried show is now on display at the beautiful Second Floor Gallery at the Crandall Public Library at 251 Glen Street, Glens Falls, NY.  The show runs from December 1-29 with hours of M-Th 9-9; Fri 9-6; Sat 9-5 and Sun 1-5.

I was very honored to receive one of 5 Juror's Choice awards for my piece - "Silk Road Stroll". This was a very challenging group to capture and I ran through many batteries on my electric eraser.  Hope you enjoy a peek at my finished drawing.


I am pleased to have "Tea for Two" on display in the annual Arkell Museum/Canajoharie Library 2015 Juried Art Show.  This show runs from December 4th through January 24th with hours of Tues-Fri, 10-5 and Sat/Sun, noon to 5.  Current Museum Gallery exhibits are "Picturing Winter" (selections from permanent collection) and "William Joyce - Guardian of Childhood".  Both are WORTH the trip!  Check the link for additional information on this amazing upstate art treasure.  Here is my entry piece which captures a timeless moment between friends.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Hagaman Fall Show!

Every year, I look forward to a nice little show in Hagaman, NY.  Almost always beautiful, crisp fall weather, 60 fellow artists and LOTS of visitors.  Here are some pieces from my two panels of work in colored pencil and pastel and a couple of candids of the displays.  "Playin' Hookey" is a whimsy piece - one little egg pupil hiding out under the bridge.  "Silk Road Stroll" highlights some prized pieces from different parts of the "Orient".  "Birds of a Feather" - still exploring egg ideas and "High Noon" - the famous statue pair from Congress Park in Saratoga.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

A Little About Me

I received an email from Patience Brewster (check out her website of lovely and unique Christmas ornaments ) inviting me to create a blog post answering some questions about myself as an artist.  Hope you enjoy my answers and check out Patience’ website!

Q 1. As a child, do you recall a significant moment when you felt truly affected or inspired by any particular artwork or artist?
               A.  I grew up small town, 1950’s rural with no particular big exposure to art or artists.  I enjoyed advertising art in magazines and book illustrations, but in school we always just drew from our imaginations with subjects selected by the art teachers.  My strongest art motivation was the feelings I experienced about things I admired or enjoyed.  I was a horse lover and so, much time was spent drawing them from magazine pictures or books – a way to express the joy I felt at their beauty.  My motivation was always to increase my skill at “saying” what I felt about horses and other things that touched me.
2. As an artist, what do you hope to convey with your work?
               A. I still have that same motivation in my adult artwork – sharing the joy that I feel at happening upon certain meaningful things.  I want to turn a spotlight on what is often missed in the business of life and small groupings or items that suggest or recall a story.  I have morphed into doing many still life subjects because of my own intense connections to the comfortable, common things that reflect the past lives of ordinary people – things that are tattered and worn and have been “used” by people in other times and places.  My house is filled with old things in little groupings and I am constantly delighted by the play of light over these treasured items as the day passes to night.  I still love to draw horses, but my love of old “things” has grown to be predominant.  I like to inject a bit of whimsy in my works and to produce art that is complex enough to stay fresh and interesting no matter how many times it is viewed.
3. What memorable responses have you had to your work?
                A.            I have often been told that my art was mistaken for a photo when seen from a distance.  That is somewhat surprising because I don’t think it is photorealistic, as such.  I like to think that it is a compliment to the effort I put in my drawing.  I do not want errors of perspective or sloppy drawing to take away from what I am saying and so I expect my best effort to avoid such distraction.  I start from my own photo and spend a lot of time on the technical correctness of objects and placement, but once I have transferred my basic, finished drawing, I work in a fairly intuitive manner and make changes and alterations from my initial photo as my feelings dictate.
4. What is your dream project?
                A.            Right now, I think it would be exciting to interpret the same finished core drawing in colored pencil, pastel and maybe oil paint.  I have a certain motivating feeling for the subject matter and I would like to see if I could convey my same “message” effectively in multiple ways.        
5. What artists, of any medium, do you admire? (Famous or not!)
                A.            I love the artists of the Golden Age of Illustration – NC Wyeth (and family), Howard Pyle, Norman Rockwell, Alphonse Mucha, Maxfield Parrish, Gibson, Christy, etc.  I also like Alma Tadema and Gerome and Sargent, among many others.  It is a crime that they mainly forgotten.  They were wonderfully skilled artists who were masters of draftsmanship, color and composition and prolific in the production of stunning art. 


Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Rare eARTh Gallery Invitational Show!

NorthCountryARTS is collaborating with Rare eARTh Gallery and Events at 176 Glen Street in downtown Glens Falls and I am proud to be one of the 10 artists invited to participate.  Each artist selected was given a 10' section of wall space.  I have 16 pieces on display in my area.

The Gallery is open Wednesday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Artwork represented by the Rare eARTh Gallery and Events is also exhibited.  I will be at the gallery in person on Sunday, September 20 from 12 noon to 6 pm.  A beautiful show and worth the trip.