In October I had a short two-week residency at the Hambidge Center for the Arts in Georgia and was a featured artist during their annual open house and major fall festival arts event. While there, I discovered a new color of leaves to add to my fall palette that year (salmon pink) thanks to the turning of the sourwood trees. Hambidge is nestled in the foot hills of the Blue Ridge and Mountains (10 miles south west of the NC border) and is on about 600 acres of beautiful wooded rolling hills complete with an impressive waterfall and meandering streams. They have about a dozen cabins , each designed to house either writers, composers, choreographers, musicians or visual artists. It was a great, but too short, experience and I look forward to returning.
Revelations: Women’s Art from the Permanent Collection of the Art Museum of South Texas in Corpus Christi. My painting Layered Views (below) was used on the museum’s invitation and press releases for this show.
My Miami dealer, Carol Jazzar, wanted to present my works as a solo show booth at the SCOPE art fair in NYC and I was VERY excited to oblige. I created a wrap-around, three walled installation of all of the larger fall-themed paintings I had so as to totally overwhelm the viewer with color, paint, oozed-out paint marks as they literally walked into my “Cumulative Nature” paintings. It was great hearing all the praise the audience (of all ages and backgrounds) was giving my works. People would come back multiple times to the booth and often bring a new person with them. It was so popular that it ended up Stephen Truax of Hyperallergic.com mentioned it as a highlight of the fair as did Art Slant’s Natalie Hegert and other blog sites!!! Below are small pdf links to some.
I was invited to have a solo show at the Polk Museum in Lakeland, FL and they offered to make a small catalog for the show titled “En Plein” Sight . It was for this catalog that the essay “Catching Up with the Instant”, by Richard Shiff, was created and first published. Since my work is site-specific, I always like to try to able able to make at least one painting of the region I am exhibiting in. I mentioned this to the curator and he he made special arrangements for me to be able to paint at the Nature Conservancy’s Disney Wilderness Preserve in Kissimmee, FL (central Florida) which turns out too be close to the museum.
Below is a small downloadable pdf of the exhibition catalog “En Plein” Sight that was published by the Polk Museum.
On View Magazine did a nice Profile on me in their 2011 Aug/Sept Issue (pages 116-117). Above is a link to a small pdf version of the article.
Richard Shiff and I were colleagues when I was teaching at The University of Texas at Austin. I admire how he writes in a way that satiates the art historians’ and theorists’ intellectual needs while engaging lay people and stimulating artists. After hearing Richard speak, I always felt like running to my studio and painting. He liked my work over the years, so I contacted him when I heard he would be visiting Florida State University (where I am a Professor of painting) as the 2010 Distinguished Speaker for the Art History Department’s annual symposium. He visited the studio and saw some of my new paintings. Since the Polk Museum of Art in Lakeland, Florida, was publishing a catalog for my upcoming exhibition, I asked him if he would consider writing about my work. He was particularly taken by my new water painting and asked if he could focus on those… as a result, he contributed the essay, Catching Up With The Instant, for which I am most grateful. A pdf of it can be downloaded below.