Friday, January 4, 2013

Face Yourself: Yes, I can Hear You

I am honored to be part of
Face Yourself
Elliott Fouts Gallery
Sacramento, CA

When EFG asked if I would like to participate in
this show,  I jumped at the chance.  
It had been seven years
since I painted my last self-portrait. 
I was excited and nervous. Painting the human form
is much different than the objects I usually paint.

I decided to go back and show you my previous self-portraits
to lead to my new one , and why I painted what I did.

Now. . . let's step back in time. . .  

  In The Garden
Summer 2000

Out of college I worked in watercolor.
It was the medium I was most comfortable with,
but I was itching for more, what was next? I decided to take the
leap into oils. I had taken one intro to oil course in art school. Nothing in depth, more the basics in mediums, stretching canvas, beginning color mixing. Trying not to mix mud.
At this time, I got my hands on some painting books, 
visited some  museums, and went for it.
This self-portrait above was my very first oil painting 
seven years out of college. 

I wanted to do more oil painting. 
Self-portait #2 came three months later.
Profile Self-Portait 
Autumn 2000

Soon after painting this portrait, I painted my first 
still lifes using some toys from my collection
At this time, I felt like  I was beginning to tap into
something I really wanted to explore in depth.
In 2002, I had my daughter and took a few years
off from painting. Always thinking and sketching.

In 2005 I picked up the brush again. 
This was my self-portrait from that year.
  Soul Searching

Thinking about a new self-portrait I thought,
Who am I now?
How do I show where I am at now?

I am often asked, "How do you come up with your ideas?"   
My answer is always the same. 

"I hold my treasures in my hands and listen."

 Yes, I Can Hear You
24" x 20"



Show reception:
Saturday, January 12, 2013
Elliott Fouts Gallery
1831 P. Street
Sacramento, CA


Thursday, January 3, 2013

Happy New Years!

Happy New Year!

I am continuously inspired by the amazing artists I have met, 
and all the people who encourage me to do what it is I do.
Thank you to all of you who have viewed my blog, 
read my meanderings,
and shared my paintings with others around you. 
Thank you to the galleries
who showed my paintings this past year.

I decided to put together all the paintings that I showed in 2012.
Above you see that collection in one image. 
Kind of fun to see them together in one grouping.

I am excited to begin 2013. The wheels in my mind are
already spinning with new ideas.
I look forward to sharing them with you as the year goes by.

Here's to another year of taking steps closer to our goals and dreams.

Now time to go paint!