My newest painting was inspired by losing my Mom to cancer, one of the darkest seasons of my life.
As I came out of a very deep grief, I realized I was a different person. I had found treasures in the journey. Clarity. Compassion. Determination. Hope.
This painting is one in a series that expresses the darkness that I felt and yet the sweet water that can only be found in the deepest wells. I was very honored to have it chosen for a recent exhibit at Art HQ Gallery of art by the Cancer Support Community.
It's really important to me that my art can bring hope and encouragement. From the earliest sales as a professional artist, I was told stories by collectors of how my art lifted and inspired them. Wow - what a joy that is for me!
"Deep Wells in Dark Places" has just been delivered to a new gallery for another juried exhibit. I'm pretty excited about this one because it's a popular annual event in a prestigious gallery.
I'd like to invite you to come out and see it
along with nearly 100 paintings from artists all over Arizona!
Art Intersection Gallery
Aug. 14 - Sept. 25
Open Wed-Sat, 10am-6pm
207 North Gilbert Rd, Ste 201, Gilbert, AZ
I hope you’re seeing some exciting new developments in your world! I am.
I finished my first series of Arizona Poppies. These brilliant blooms are seen in the Spring all over the deserts of Arizona, in yards as well as in the wild. I think the best place to see them are in the outlying Valley parks and hiking trails. I enjoy them in the regional park near our home.
I’ve also been chosen to show in TWO Herberger Theater Art Exhibits. Both are online right now, but they’re planning to have exhibits in person as soon as possible. Looking at paintings in person is such a different experience. Fine art just doesn't look as good on a computer as it does standing in front of it. I'll let you know as soon as I hear the dates for the live exhibits.
Thank you for stopping by and letting me share my excitement!
I'm so honored and excited to be a featured live artist at the 11th Annual Festival of the Arts at the Herberger in downtown Phoenix!
Enjoy a fun outing - including fine art!
Aug. 22 - Oct. 3 at Art Intersection Gallery, 207 N. Gilbert Rd., #201, Gilbert, AZ
Fine Art galleries are beginning to open up with safety standards in place.
Now you can come out and see my art in person! I'm very excited to have my artwork chosen for this Fall's popular Art Intersection Exhibit in the cultural center of historic downtown Gilbert.
This ten year tradition at Art Intersection highlights the breadth and diversity of art created by Arizona artists. The range of acceptable artwork encompasses sculpture, glass, photography, painting, ceramics, wood, printmaking, mixed media, artist books, and more.
All Art Arizona attracts artists, art collectors, and art lovers from all over the state to one of our best known exhibitions of the year. Visit the Art Intersection galleries, bring your friends and family, to enjoy this unique exhibition and range of art by Arizona artists.
While you're there, get involved by voting for the Viewer’s Choice Award.
The exhibition is free and open to the public during business hours.
It's a great way to celebrate the environment, culture and history of an area. And it's attracting professional artists that are creating unique and inspiring pieces!
I was fortunate to be selected for just such a project. The City of Goodyear awarded 5 artists (from hundreds of applicants) a commission to create art for a traffic signal cabinet at 5 different locations in the city. The cabinet I was assigned is in a shopping mall – where I shop all the time!
It was a great experience to connect with the owners and managers of the businesses in the mall, to talk about art. We brainstormed about subject matter, history of the area and style of painting. I found a lot of support for my florals and the bold colors I typically use.
I worked closely with the Arts & Culture Commission – scheduling the project and presenting my draft concept. I was inspired by their goal to have artwork that could be seen easily driving by, along with a few "hidden" nuggets that could be appreciated only close-up, by pedestrians. It was fun to incorporate these elements into my painting.
Having decided on the local cholla cactus flower, and with the commission's enthusiastic approval, I painted on a very large wooden panel. The painting was professionally photographed, sized for a vinyl wrap, which was permanently applied to the metal cabinet.
People are genuinely excited to have artwork on the streets of their communities.
“The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.” – Pablo Picasso.