I recently completed a series of new, fun florals. Five of them are in acrylic and one is oil. I have coated them with with resin for a very contemporary look! They are all 30x40, on a birch cradles board. Below is a picture of one of my paintings showing the reflective qualities of a resin pour.
For the past 5 years, I am proud to say I have been juried into a prestigious Art show called Art Comes Alive. ADC, Art Design Consultants, Inc. in Cincinnati, OH sponsors Art Comes Alive, an annual fine art contest & exhibit that awards the best emerging and professional artists working in North America. The selected artists who are showcased in a final exhibit here in Cincinnati and are also awarded prizes including: purchase awards, gallery contracts, publishing contracts, solo/group shows, publicity, and cash prizes. This year, I won two awards; gallery representation and a group show. The invitation to the group show is above. I am very happy to be exhibiting with Bonita Williams Goldberg, Diane Seeman and Helene Steele at the YWCA Women’s Art Gallery. The YWCA Women’s Art Gallery was established in 1993 to empower local women artists. Although primarily serving the Greater Cincinnati area, the gallery has been proud to host several shows featuring women artists from around the world. As a forum for women’s issues relating to important YWCA programs and services, the gallery has sponsored photographic exhibits on the topics of domestic violence, breast cancer, and women and aging. It is the only gallery in Greater Cincinnati exclusively for women’s art. Admission to the Women’s Art Gallery is free and open to the public Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, call the YWCA at 513-241-7090. The opening reception is Friday, January 19th, from 6-8pm. I hope you are able to join me for the opening but the show runs through April 16, 1018. If you get a chance to see the show, please let me know what you think!
Yesterday I painted in the main hallway at the Cincinnati, Art Museum. It was a full circle moment.
I painted in front of a work of art created by Curtis Goldstein and Matt Lynch. The piece was made totally out of Formica laminate.
My favorite job long before I became a full-time painter was as the Advertising Manager for Formica Corporation. The world headquarters is in Cincinnati. I loved that job. I was able to work with great graphic designers, photographers, international magazines, display companies and printers. So the fact that the art that my painting was inspired by was made out of laminate was fabulous. Full circle moment #1.
The image, (one of 6 pieces) was of the Verdin Bell and Clocks. The Verdin Company is the landlord of the Pendleton Art Center which houses 175 artists under one roof. My studio is on the 7th floor of that building. Full circle moment #2.
Art in Bloom is a multi day event paring floral creations to works of art. I worked with Robin Wood Flowers, the premiere florist in Cincinnati.
Robin also had another career before she became a master floral arranger. Many years ago, she was the morning DJ on the hard rock station, WEBN. When I decided to leave the management side of business and go into sales, so I could have more time freedom to do my artwork, I took a job as an account executive at WEBN. Robin was part of the Dawn Patrol morning show during that same time. Robin didn't really know me, I was just one more AE in the procession of Account Executives. But when I wanted someone to be inspired by a painting and create their own work of art in flowers, it was Robin Wood that I wanted. Robin's creation was incredible! I heard many people say it was the best in the whole museum. I was amazed at how beautifully she interpreted the painting. Full circle moment #3!
I created a whimsical piece in 4 hours that was auctioned off with the money going to the Art Museum.
I also brought two pieces to display near my easel and I am happy to say that both pieces sold!