Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Evolution of an Artist

My first article has finally been published! Evolution of an Artist was published in the GNSI Journal of Natural Science Illustration this month. Thank you to the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators for putting me in the Spotlight! The Guild, or GNSI, is a professional organization committed to the nurturing and promoting of its members and is an important educational resource for anyone interested in this specialized genre of illustration work. They also provide important networking opportunities and general camaraderie for its members. I have been a member off and on since finishing graduate school in 1992. You can find out more about them by visiting www.gnsi.org.

Writing is something I've long wanted to do but never had the courage until recently. Like all good projects, it was a collaboration with support from several members of the guild and my husband. It is my first piece of writing but hopefully not my last. Below is the opening paragraph. To read the full article just click here. Enjoy! Your feedback is most welcome.

Bushwhack. One definition says “to make one’s way through woods by cutting at undergrowth, branches, etc.” This is how I ended up rolling through life.

Born into a family with an alcoholic father and a mother busy working to pay the bills and raise three children, “nurturing” was virtually non-existent in my rearing. We hear this sort of story all the time and most certainly there are people who had it much worse than I. But, this environment guided my early years and led me to seek attention and acceptance outwardly, have poor study habits in high school, low self-esteem, no long-term vision, etc. Fortunately, I soon realized the surrogate environment and bad attitude were just more dead ends and not the life I wanted. It took a while for this lost soul to find the confidence to start a journey completely alone. But I did. And that’s what matters in this story.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

This One's Gone....Don't Let Yours Get Away!

Quiescent    January, 2013
One of my favorite paintings of 2013 has a new owner.  This was the first one of the year that I felt I captured everything I was going for....color, light, values, composition and texture.  Interestingly, although Quiescent received a lot of interest throughout the year, it's not until now that it found a new home.

The piece has an emotional attachment for me, as it is a location that has special memories for my family.  I hope my brain forever retains the memory of that summer morning.

I will miss looking at the original but I know the home where it's going; no doubt I'll see it again.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Holiday Sale on all 2013 Works

Surprise!  All of the work created this year is on sale for 20% off through the end of December!  You can view it all on my Facebook page in the album titled "2013 for Sale!". Each piece has a price and size listed as well as whether or not it is currently for framed.  A lot of work has been produced this year and now it's time to let them go.  Shipping is available at cost.  There's still time to get yours delivered by Christmas!  :-)

Support your local artist and give the gift of art this season.  Click the Facebook badge to the left to view the work now.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Final Four Paintings of 2013

Alas, the end has come.  My 30/30 October turned into 30/60 for October and November.  Actually, I'm still about five paintings short of my goal but no matter.  I'm done (and perfectly OK with that).

It's been quite a year of experimenting, creating, agonizing, delighting and surprising (myself).  At times quite hard to keep up with it all.  But so glad I did.  I'm a much better painter than when I started and now a new journey can begin.

In total I created 85 paintings, of which only 58 remain available.  Look at the numbers...how funny is that?  Support your local artists and consider a gift of art when you shop for family, friends and colleagues this season.  If you are a FB user, to see all 58 paintings go to my FB page and open the album titled 2013 for Sale:

Otherwise, check my website in the next few days.  Some of the new ones will be added there by mid-week.  Until then, enjoy the final four paintings below.  And, as always, I am filled with gratitude and joy for your support over the years.  Thank you.

Crow 1    5.5 x 7.5"    $150, framed or $100, unframed

Crow 2    5.5 x 7.5"    $150, framed or $100, unframed

Duck Flight    11.5 x 7.5"    $395, framed or $250, unframed

Rocky Shore    11.5 x 7.5"    $395, framed or $250, unframed