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Exhibit Opening Reception from 4-6 Today!

New Normal: A Journey

The Oak Room in Crabbe Hall at the University of Northern Colorado

Reception from 4-6pm

I am excited that this exhibit has been noticed by the press!! The Greeley Tribune printed an article about my work. Below is the front page of the article. The full article is also available on the Greeley Tribune website.

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2013 Summary and Exhibit News

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New Normal Postcard backWell it happened again…I took another hiatus from blogging. 2013 wrapped up nicely though!

Since I left teaching in May, many opportunities have come my way. In August I was hired on as an intern at the Denver Art Museum which allowed me to see the inner workings of the museum. I remained connected to art education and programming as I aided my superiors in the implementation of Final Friday events at the DAM. My solo exhibit in September was a success and I was a part of a group exhibition at the Firehouse Art Gallery in November. I also sold some pieces and completed a commission for a couple in Chicago.

Aside from a busy work and exhibition schedule, I also completed six more credits at UNC which included writing my thesis about the body of work I have produced. The intense amount of writing required to complete a thesis may have contributed to my aversion to writing a new blog post. I have three credits left this spring and I plan to graduate in May with a MA in Art and Design. This past fall I also made the decision to apply to MFA (Master of Fine Arts) programs for Fall 2014. Working with my professors at the University of Northern Colorado made me thirst for more interactions with professionals in the field. I enjoy being challenged and have grown as an artist. The application process was quite lengthy and I am proud to report I submitted all of my applications well in advance of the deadline! Now I anxiously await responses from schools.

On to the latest news! My first solo exhibition of 2014 opens next week at UNC. The opening reception is from 4-6 in the Oak Room Gallery on the UNC campus. This morning I finished hanging the exhibit and met with a reporter from the Greeley Tribune. An article about my exhibit is set to be published on Tuesday, so I will definitely blog again next week.

First Friday Tonight, October 4th!

"Pieces 1-42" and "Time Stands Still"

“Pieces 1-42” and “Time Stands Still”

Please join me tonight from 6-10pm for First Friday! It might be a bit chilly, but it is well worth the effort!

First Friday Reception

Anthology Fine Art

635 Santa Fe Drive

Denver, Colorado 80204

I Will Be a Master!

This summer I had the most fantastic time beginning my master’s degree program. I am working towards a Masters in Art and Design from the University of Northern Colorado. I am in the low residency program which allows me to take my studio courses during the summer at the university and online courses during fall and spring while I am teaching. My program technically did not start until this month, but I wanted to get a jump on things. I took two courses which monopolized most of my summer, but I enjoyed every minute. I enrolled in a two-week watercolor course from 9-12am and in the afternoons I attended a multi-media class from 1-5pm for four weeks. I was creating art 12-14 hours a day for four weeks. My husband missed me a little bit, but the time spent was well worth it!

Prior to taking a watercolor class, I felt slightly deficient. I was pleasantly surprised to find that I am capable of watercolor painting. The two-week course was beneficial in learning multiple techniques of dry on dry, wet on dry, dry on wet, and wet on wet. The majority of the time was spent working from still life set-ups which I found very helpful when learning the new techniques. My favorite style was the wet on dry. I gravitated toward this style because the “control freak” in me could be unleashed. Painting in the wet on dry style is time-consuming requiring many layered washes of paint. In-between each layer, the paint and paper must fully dry before the next wash is applied. This style has a tight, controlled look. I showed my work to friends and family and many responded,” Wow, that’s watercolor?” Below you will find some images of my watercolor paintings.

I found myself attracted to stacks of objects. I painted Stacks #1 one of the first few days of class. Stacks #2 and Stacks #3 were homework assignments during the course. I completed those two paintings using my grandma’s Fiestaware as inspiration. Stacks #3 was the final homework assignment which allowed us more creative freedom. I repeated the image of the stacks to mimic the repetition within the stacks themselves. Prior to painting the images, I created a textured layer by placing plastic wrap over a wash of paint and then allowing it to dry.

I will dive into my work created in the multi-media course in the next post–so stay tuned!

Stacks #1

Stacks #2

Stacks #3

So Much to Do–So Little Time

I have been busy completing so many different tasks, that the task of updating my blog got pushed to the back burner. The end of my teaching year is quickly approaching which means there has been piles of grading, student artwork to frame for our school  district show, and lesson plans in which to make final adjustments.  

Last I blogged, I included images of the mask I created for The Denver Hospice fundraiser. My mask is now up for auction on The Denver Hospice website and is on display at the Cherry Creek Shopping Mall in Denver. I have one bid so far, but I would love more!

I also participated in the Colorado Art Education Association’s Art Show that was on Santa Fe Drive in Denver for the month of April. Found #3 was on display along with many spectacular works of art created by art educators throughout the state of Colorado. Being that this was a juried show with many submissions, I was excited my painting was selected.

Finally, I am gearing up for another solo exhibition that opens this Friday, May 4th at The Brush and Comb in the Tennyson Street Art District in Denver. The reception is from 6-9 and I look forward to a wonderful evening!

2011: A Year in Review

For some reason, I have been procrastinating when it comes to reflecting upon my past year as an artist. This morning when I opened a blank document to write, I found myself staring blankly. So I checked my Facebook, paid some bills, responded to comments on my blog, hoping for inspiration.  I pulled up the blank page again, but still I had nothing. Images of the past year rolled through my head, but finding the right words to bring those memories to life seemed difficult. Finally, it hit me. I needed to be honest in this reflection. I only wanted to write something that was upbeat and inspiring. But 2011 presented some challenges that sometimes left me disappointed with my artistic progress. I promised myself when I started this blog that I would post all of my paintings regardless of whether I deemed them good or bad. So this reflection should be no different. I had successes and set-backs in 2011 and to provide an honest reflection I needed to address both. So here we go!

I lined up four solo exhibitions in 2011. I wanted to get my work out to the public as frequently as possible in an effort to make connections with artists and community members. I spaced my shows out over the course of the year. I had a show the month during of January, April, October, and my final show ran from November through December.  Sales in 2011 were good! I sold twenty-two paintings this past year which is a major accomplishment. By lining up so many solo shows, however, I found my creativity was negatively impacted. I became focused upon creating paintings that would fit in a certain series so it would look polished when on display. I also worried more intensely about making artwork that would sell. As a working artist, both of these concerns are valid and I am thankful that I took them into account in order to provide professional high-quality shows. I believe my sales benefited greatly by confronting these concerns. But, the conflict arises when I fear that I have started to lose that spark to create something new.  I love experimentation, trying new things and learning from failures. This past year left me with little time to play, discover, or fail and try again. So I have decided that I will plan fewer shows in 2012 in order to get back to the root of why I began this journey in the first place. I have a few new ideas bouncing around and I am itching to get back into the studio without the pressure to perform. I am planning a solo show in May which gives me several uninterrupted months of doing and trying anything that my heart desires.

There were some major life events in 2011. My full-time career as a high school art teacher was impacted. My income has been frozen for the last three years and in 2011 the teachers at my high school had to take on a larger class load to account for the terrible loss of funding. While I am very grateful for my continued employment, the larger class load has meant less time for planning, grading, parent communication, and less time for rest. With a lower energy level, some days it was just too hard to drag myself to the studio. My husband and I bought our first home as well. I packed my studio in June and did not unpack it until late July once the new studio space was finished. So there were several months that passed without painting. The studio is now a usable space and I love it!  Also, my dad was diagnosed with metastatic cancer in 2011. From August through December I used all my three or four-day weekends, and holiday breaks to be with my family and I would not have changed that for the world. I was also able to work out a deal with the gallery where I showed my work in November so that I could donate a portion of my artwork sales towards cancer organizations. While it has been an extremely tough journey, his diagnosis has redirected my efforts towards what I truly value most.

So onward to the goals of 2012!  I want to CREATE! I want to love what I do and share it with the world. I want to continue to persevere through whatever life throws my way. I often think of how my dad introduces me to new people and I smile every time. “Have you met my daughter?  She is a famous artist!” 🙂 While I may not really be famous; I hope that as long as I follow my passion, my work will continue grow and touch wider audiences.