Monday, November 21, 2011

Southwest Art Magazine has just announced the winners of their Artistic Excellence Competition -- and my painting, "Portrait of a Social Columnist" was one of thirteen winners -- and I am featured along with the other winners in the December issue. Who says that 13 is unlucky? My contemporary still-life paintings (actually, a fusion of portraiture and still life, which I call portraits in absentia) aren't precisely southwestern, but it seem to me that the definition of southwestern art has changed -- it doesn't have to be cowboys and wildlife and western landscapes anymore -- it can be anything that is beautiful and tells a truthful story. Here's a link to the article and interview, if you care to take a dip!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

This week I had the pleasure (and luck!) of being one of the featured artists on a Margy Boyd Art Tour. Margy is a beloved Bay-Area institution who leads groups of art collectors/lovers on tours of artist's studios and homes. Margy brought 31 of her bright, incredibly curious art mavens to our home -- where I was able to hold them captive for an hour and show them six of my newest paintings. Talking about my work in front of 31 VERY knowledgeable art lovers was intoxicating and exhilarating -- what artist doesn't love being asked about her inspiration and process?