The Still Life
An Invitational Group Show
Elliott Fouts Gallery
October 1 - November 2, 2011
Opening this weekend is The Still Life at
Elliott Fouts Gallery, Sacramento, CA.
Other participating artists include Jeff Cohen, Jelaine Faunce,
Todd Ford, Russell Harris, James Neil Hollingsworth,
Mary Ellen Johnson, Judy Nunes, Alvin Richard,
and Christopher Stott.
Link to the show:
16" x 20"
oil on panel
Growing up in the farmlands of the Midwest, I took delight during the Summers chasing and catching butterflies and various beetles. One particular Summer when I was around 8 years old I had caught quite a few, and poured over my families insect books trying to identify all the varieties. The following Summer there were hardly any butterflies. I believed it was because of all my chasing and catching. I never caught another live one after that Summer. Many years later I learned it was because of a particularly harsh Winter we had that year and not because of my 8 year old self.
I still love bugs. I have added some bugs to my collection, but of a tin wind up variety. The title Harmonia Axyridis is latin for Asian Lady Beetle. I thought it was appropriate for this Japanese tin ladybug wind up toy. The orange handled school scissors remind me of my young self.
12" x 12"
oil on panel
In Monkeying Around I really wanted to explore transparency. More glass. More marbles. The star being the green plastic monkey
playfully balancing on the marble.