Looking at Details

Monday, February 28, 2011

Something I noticed on the walk to school.


Wednesday, February 23, 2011


Tuesday, February 22, 2011

I'll be taking shots of these drawings as they continue to evolve. I'm just making marks and responding to them with new marks and collaged elements.

Glessner Workshop

Monday, February 21, 2011

Check out Lorraine Glessner's website here.

Glessner Workshop

I had an awesome time this weekend in Lorraine Glessner's Workshop called Rust Printing, Composting and Branding: Adventures in Mark Making.

Workshop overview:
There was an intense focus on the process of mark-making in this workshop, involving the exploration of the act of drawing as a vehicle for the discovery of form, materials and ideas. With an emphasis on mixed-media, we explored the mark-making possibilities of branding (creating marks and patterns with fire, heated metal tools and objects), rust printing and composting. We then responded to these marks utilizing various techniques and media. Throughout the workshop, we were prompted by a series of thought provoking exercises that questioned what a drawing is in terms of processes and methodologies. These exercises were not geared toward drawing from observation, but rather toward process, experimentation and providing visual form to that which has no form - thoughts, ideas, emotions, feelings, etc. We were encouraged to step out of our comfort zones by increasing our ability to create, see and respond to mark-making, to utilize a variety of styles and media, to draw intuitively and to integrate this new information creatively. Long story short...super fun!

Glessner Workshop

Check out Lorraine Glessner's website here.

Gallery Visit

Thursday, February 17, 2011

My students writing a review of my recent installation in the Burroughs Gallery at ECU...

Handcrafted 2011

Sunday, February 13, 2011

My work in the Handcrafted exhibition in Rocky Mount.

Snow Day

A blizzard in the morning and sunny skies by the afternoon.

Incubation at the Burroughs Gallery

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Today I'm putting up my newest multimedia installation in the Burroughs Gallery on the campus of East Carolina University. I've been hard at work on this project for well over a year and it's finally finished. There are over 70 handmade wire sculptures with hog intestine stretched on the outside. I made slip cast porcelain eggs to go inside most of them. There's also an audio component. Each pod form is approximately 7" wide and 10" long. I'll post more photos and thoughts about the project later, but for now...an invitation to see the show if you find yourself in Greenville, NC this week.

Silk Painting

Saturday, February 5, 2011

My students have been very busy working on their silk paintings...

Tiny Art Show - Opening Tonight

Friday, February 4, 2011

The 11th Annual Tiny Art Show opens to the public tonight at Emerge Gallery during the 4th Friday Art Walk in Greenville, NC. I have one piece in the exhibition:
"White Square #5", an oil on canvas that's 5" x 7".

All proceeds go to the Youth Public Arts Project.

Emerge Gallery
is located at:
404 S. Evans St.
Greenville, NC 27858
(252) 551-6947

Small Works - opening tonight

"One Orange", encaustic, 5" x 7", Leslie Pearson

If you are in Raleigh tonight, please stop in at the VAE for the Small Works Exhibition.
Opening Reception - February 4, 6-9pm. The show will run February 4-24, 2011

Small Works will feature little art with a big impact! All 2D and 3D works are 8 inches or less.

The Visual Art Exchange (VAE) is a non-profit gallery and artist association that supports and educates emerging, professional and student artists. Each year VAE exhibits the work of more than 800 artists in 60 exhibitions and hosts 50 educational programs. VAE also is the force behind SPARKcon, an interdisciplinary art and design festival in Downtown Raleigh.

2nd Annual Little Art Exhibit

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

This is a small (8"x10") mixed media piece that I did as a donation to benefit the Beaufort County Arts Council in Washington, NC. The piece is called "A Work of Fiction" because it's imagery alludes to a narrative.

The Little Art Exhibit will be on display at the Washington Civic Center from March 15-17 with an closing reception from 5:30-7:30 pm on Thursday, March 17.

Currently Reading..

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

...The Subversive Stitch: Embroidery and the Making of the Feminine by Rozsika Parker.

I just finished reading "Why Art Cannot be Taught" and started reading this book last night. I can't put it down. It re-evaluates the reciprocal relationship between women and embroidery and explores the work of male embroiderers. Art verses Craft...again.