Best Night Ever

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Now I can die in peace. Last nights concert at the Kennedy Center was WONDERFUL!


Thursday, March 29, 2012

NCMA, Art of the Auction

My painting, "By a Thread" was selected to be included in the second annual Art of the Auction at the North Carolina Museum of Art. Jurors included Elysia Borowy-Reeder, Director of the Contemporary Art Museum in Raleigh, and Trevor Schoomaker, Curator of Contemporary Art at the Nasher Museum of Art, and Mark Hewitt, of Hewitt Pottery.

Auction Preview info:

Friday, March 30 | 5:30 pm
North Carolina Museum of Art, East Building

The Auction Preview combines live music, tasty bites, and beverages with an opportunity to preview the works of art to be auctioned at the Art of the Auction benefit on April 14.

Enjoy the eclectic stylings of local jazz quintet Peter Lamb and the Wolves, and mingle with many of the artists, who will be in attendance to discuss their work. This is your chance to see all the exceptional works of art, many by North Carolina artists, that can be yours to take home from the auction! This event is part of Art of the Auction.

Wax on

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Today I finished my newest installation called Cells. I should have some images soon. So I had some time this afternoon to start working on an encaustic collage. This one has layers of papers, dyed and rusted fabrics, and wax. The second image is a detail. In person you can see the various layers much better.

New leather visual journal

Friday, March 16, 2012

Just finished this one today...

Kinston Exhibition - Opening Tonight

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Three of my works are included in the 31 Annual Competitive Exhibition at the Kinston Community Council for the Arts in Kinston, NC.

My installation "Ties that Bind", "Action:Interaction", a felted sculptural piece, and "Given and Received", a mixed media piece are all in the exhibition.
Please join me at the opening reception and award ceremony on Thursday, March 15 from 6-8 pm. The venue is located at 400 N. Queen Street, Kinston, NC 28501.

"Given and Received"
Mixed media installation with handmade components, 81" x 20" x 25, 2010

"Action : Interaction"
Fiber based sculpture (Wet felted and nuno felted wool, wire) 20" x 80", 2011

"Ties That Bind"
Felted wool (acid dyed), digitally printed fabric (machine stitched), 100" x 76" x 60". 2009

Word Play

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Adding some collages to my book pages. Just exploring ideas.

The Ridiculous Optimist

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

The Ridiculous Optimist

There was once a man who smiled

…Because the day was bright,

…Because he slept at night,

…Because God gave him sight

To gaze upon his child;

…Because his little one,

…Could leap and laugh and run;

…Because the distant sun

Smiled on the earth he smiled.
He smiled because the sky

…Was high above his head,

…Because the rose was red,

…Because the past was dead!

He never wondered why

…The Lord had blundered so

…That all things have to go

…The wrong way, here below

The over-arching sky.
He toiled, and still was glad

…Because the air was free,

…Because he loved, and she

…That claimed his love and he

Shared all the joys they had!

…Because the grasses grew,

…Because the sweet winds blew,

…Because that he could hew

And hammer, he was glad.
Because he lived he smiled,

…And did not look ahead

…With bitterness or dread,

…But nightly sought his bed

As calmly as a child.
And people called him mad

…For being always glad
With such things as he had,

And shook their heads and smiled.
~ Samuel Ellsworth Kiser

Everyone Has a Story...

After covering my accordion book "The Language of Nature" in beeswax, I realized it would be too fragile to send to the Brooklyn Art Library for this year's sketchbook project. So I decided to make another one. This book includes an excerpt from the Narrative of Sojourner Truth in which she, a 17th century slave, describes her powerful encounter with God. With the text, I combined imagery that expressed my thoughts on the indescribable vastness of God. I opted for a non-assuming cover and coptic binding which allows the book to lay flat when open. I'll be sending the book to NY this week.