14 December 2011

Showing in Fort Collins

I'm participating in a show Specific Environments: Landscape as Metaphor at the Lincoln Center in Fort Collins CO. I was unable to attend the opening but here are some photos of the show provided by the center.

I have a small encaustic piece entitled Hushed Lull,
pictured here on the middle-right; click for larger image

The show runs through January 14th, 2012.

All photos provided by the Lincoln Center.

KC artists thrive

Here is a great article about working artists and KC.
It's reassuring to read that artists find their careers rewarding because I love being a self employed artist!

"Not only do artists find employment or become entrepreneurs, but, according to the 2011 Strategic National Arts Alumni Project survey, those educated in the arts find employment and, over the course of their careers, tend to find more satisfaction in their jobs than many others."

working in the studio

28 November 2011

Thoughts about my upcoming residency

Some of you may be wondering what happens at a residency...
A residency is about dedicated time for an artist to develop and work on new concepts, experiment with new ideas, or focus on a specific project - often in a setting with other artists who can offer feedback and support. A retreat of sorts - it is not a professional conference, nor is there a training component.

During my residency, I plan to experiment with new ideas for my mixed media drawings.  By pushing myself to try new techniques and approaches to my art making I hope to challenge the limits of the materials while focusing on line & form (pleating,  folding and sewing paper forms; embroidery techniques onto papers of various weights and strengths, finding the balance of more vs less, etc). I know that the concepts I develop during this time will provide insight for continued developments in both my drawing & painting practice.

And then you might ask, why Kickstarter?
Many artists/writers/musicians/performing artists often write grants to receive financial assistance for this type of research and development through various sources including  state art commissions, local art councils, or privately funded art granting agencies/non-profits. In 2010, I wrote a grant proposal and received funding support from Arts KC for an installation project.

For this residency, I chose to try my hand at direct fundraising (Kickstarter plus a local event) to help offset the costs because I had seen it work for other artists with similar goals. For me, it is a more personal way to reach those who are interested in my work and those who support the project can choose to receive artwork exploring those new ideas!

I’m so excited to have dedicated time for exploring new ideas (no distractions from home/office). I feel fortunate to have the support of friends and patrons, because without it, I would not be able to attend. So a big THANK YOU to all who helped to make this a reality!

20 September 2011

dreamy botanicals

some inspiration along the way, most of these images taken at the SF botanical gadens

along the way...

outside Chicago Art institute Museum

I'll admit, we worked hard this summer, showing across the US. Still we make sure we take some time to see just a bit of the places we visit (as long as our schedule allows...)

Here's a glimpse into what we saw along the way this year...

Sawtooth mountains on the way to Sun Valley, ID

slot passage Zion National Park
late afternoon sun in Zion
Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree

cake plate tower LA

Chinatown LA

along route 80

15 May 2011

America Now & Here

If you are in KC, be sure to check out the America Now & Here show at the Leedy-Voulkos. Also stop by Third Eye for the photo booth...it's fun and sends you a pic!

here's my pic!

14 April 2011

new work!

clay forms dipped in wax at the studio

I've been busy the last few weeks working on a new installation that will preview this Friday at my UCP Studio at City Center Square.

City Center Square
1100 Main St
5th floor
Kansas City, MO 64105

Friday, April 15th 6-9pm


newly painted walls; testing out the configuration

I found a great space to use for sampling new ideas, patched and painted the space.

Studio mate Anthony Baab helped out with lighting and some install.

This installation will incorporate the clay forms that I made with the money I received in 2010 for an Inspiration grant. Throughout the process of working on this piece, it has been revised and evolved quite a bit! (and will likely keep shifting until the opening on Friday!)

Be sure to come by and see the result!!

arranging and arranging clay forms

27 March 2011

some new studio pics

My friend Maria Vazquez Boyd came to the studio and took some great pics of me working, check out a few of them in the recent Present Magazine here

15 February 2011

Urban Culture Project Open Studios

Please join me at my City Center Square studio to see some of my new work!
Friday, Feb 18th
12th & Main

details here UCP Open Studios

12 February 2011

more from the studio this week!

here are some more pics showing the progress of what I'm working on....
cutting stencils for this piece

have pattern in place, just need to fuse and scrape...

11 February 2011

busy week in the studio

painting to fill in the carved circles

Here's what I've been up to in the studio...

Working on a commissioned diptych!

a closer look at filling in the shape

scraping away to reveal the patterned shape

one more scraping to go as I heat and fuse

23 January 2011

New Workshop for 2011

Since the fall Get Waxy workshop was such a success, I've decided to offer it again in spring!

April 7-10th, 2011

This workshop is packed with demos and hands on experimentation. The workshop fees include the use of tools, general supplies plus room + board at the the Harveyville Project.

The Harveyville Project provides just the right atmosphere for an art retreat; a great vibe, fantastic food, playful accommodations (just what you'd expect staying in an old high school) and best of all Nikol & Ron are exceptional hosts!

link: GET WAXY

Here's what students had to say:

"The first day of demonstrations, I thought that I had gotten my money's worth but each day kept getting better." Dona, Denver CO

"Thank you, Thank you! It was really a great time packed with lots of information..." 
Lisa, KCMO