I'm very happy to be a featured artist in the December issue of Visual Language Magazine. It was a great experience working with the folks at Visual Language, and an honor to have my work chosen for the cover! My article begins on page 114, and basically I talk about why I do what I do. Here's a link to just my article, or you can browse the whole magazine. I hope you enjoy it!
My painting "Saturday Evening Puzzle" was awarded the President's Award at the Pastel Society of America's 41st Annual Pastels Only Exhibition!
This painting is a bit of an homage to my childhood art hero, Norman Rockwell. I just loved his work when I was a kid. Although my composition was confusing at times, it was great fun to be able to paint his paintings.
"Saturday Evening Puzzle"
18" x 24"
The PSA exhibition runs through September 28, 2013 at the National Arts Club in New York City. Unfortunately, I won't be attending this year. I thought I might be able to, but it's not going to happen. I say that every year, so next year I'm going to try to plan ahead and see if I can make it to the banquet.
See all the award winners here and the generous award donors here.
I'm very happy to report my painting "Daily Habit" won a Jack Richeson & Co. merchandise award in Peninsula Art League's 11th Annual Juried Exhibition. The Richeson company is unbelievably generous with their support of artists, and this is my third certificate I'll use this year. It's been fantastic for my art supply budget (is there anything better than free art supplies?).
The PAL exhibition is being held at the Harbor History Museum in downtown Gig Harbor until October 5, 2013. There is some excellent work in the exhibition. Be sure to check it out if you're in the area!
The Northwest Pastel Society has a small works show going on right now at the Kirsten Gallery in Seattle. It's a great show, with lots of little gems at very affordable prices. If you're in the area, stop by before the show ends on September 12. For those of you who are not local, you can see the show on the web site. Here are my paintings in the show:
For information about these paintings, please contact Kirsten Gallery, (206) 522-2011. For gallery hours and address, visit the Kirsten Gallery web site.
My painting "Train Wreck" was awarded Best of Show at the Northwest Pastel Society's 27th Annual International Open Exhibition! It's an excellent show, so do stop by American Art Company if you happen to be in the Tacoma area before the exhibition ends on June 15, 2013. If you are unable to get there in person, you can see the show online here.
18" x 24"
For information regarding this painting, please contact American Art Company at (253) 272-4327.
For those of you who don't know, the Pastel 100 is the Pastel Magazine's annual competition where judges choose the best 100 paintings out of thousands of entries (almost 3200 this year!). There are 30 top prize and place winners and 70 honorable mentions in five categories. The winners are published in the April issue of the Pastel Journal Magazine.
I'm very happy to announce my painting "Banana Bread" won Fifth Place in the Still Life & Floral category:
And my painting "Daily Habit" won an Honorable Mention in the Animal & Wildlife category:
Here are the pictures of the magazine pages for those of you who aren't likely to buy the magazine. As you can see, I'm in excellent company!
My painting "Traffic Jam" is included in the first round of Brian Neher's "You Be the Judge" online art contest. This is a unique contest where viewers are given the opportunity of voting for their favorite paintings in seven bi-weekly rounds, ultimately deciding who the Grand Prize winner will be. Every two weeks, 15 paintings will be chosen and posted for your voting pleasure. The three works of art which receive the most votes in each round will advance to the Grand Prize round. The winner will receive an awesome Grand Prize package worth over $10,000!
Please visit the voting page and vote for your favorite artwork before March 3, 2013. Thank you in advance to all who vote for my painting!
I entered my paintings "Traffic Jam" and "Train Wreck" into The Artist's Magazine's 29th Annual Art Competition. Both paintings were were selected as finalists! You'll find my name listed among the finalists in the Still Life category in the December, 2012 issue of The Artist's Magazine.
Just a reminder - the Randy Higbee Gallery6" Squared Show artists' reception is tomorrow, December 8, 2012, from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm. If you're local to Costa Mesa, CA, you won't want to miss this fantastic show!
Check out the Randy Higbee Gallery web site for details.
I have a couple of paintings in the Randy Higbee Gallery 6" Squared Show. The show runs from December 8 - 26, 2012, with an artists' reception on December 8 from 5:00 to 9:00 pm. I had planned on going down for the opening, and to visit friends and family, but had to cancel my flight. Bummer. Looks like a fantastic show! (Scroll down for a link to the show online) Here are my pieces:
6" x 6"
6" x 6"
You can see the show online and have an opportunity to purchase paintings before the show even starts from here: http://www.dailybrushwork.com/Default.aspx?GSID=15. You can page through the hundreds of paintings or use the pull down menu to find work by artist's name. Check it out - it's a perfect opportunity to buy affordable, original art!
The opening reception for The Still Life show at the Elliott Fouts Gallery is Saturday, October 13, 2012, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
The Still Life also features Elizabeth Barlow, Leigh-Anne Eagerton, Teresa N. Fischer, Thane Gorek, Michael E. Hockenbury, Sangita Phadke, Alvin Richard, Christopher Stott, Joanne Tepper, and Kathrine Lemke Waste.
If you can't go in person, here is a link to the show online: The Still Life
Elliott Fouts Gallery
1831 P Street
Sacramento, CA 95811
Here is the second painting of my "Color My World" series in The Still Life show at the Elliott Fouts Gallery. The show opens October 6, 2012. Along with my work, there will be excellent paintings by Alvin Richard, Teresa Fischer, Christopher Stott, and more. If you're within driving distance to Sacramento, you won't want to miss it! If you can't get there in person, check Elliott Fouts Gallery's web site for pics of the show.
"Color My World 2"
For information regarding this painting, please contact Elliott Fouts Gallery, (916) 736-1429.
My painting "Color My World" appears in the October issue of American Art Collector magazine in an article about an upcoming still life show at the Elliott Fouts Gallery. The show runs from October 6 to November 1, 2012.
I'll have four new paintings in the show. They are a series of paintings depicting the progression of a crayon drawing from start to finish. If you'll be in the Sacramento area next month, be sure to stop by the gallery and see the show!
My painting "Christmas Memories" was accepted into the Pastel Society of America's 40th Annual Open Juried Exhibition, and I'm very happy to report it received the Atlantic Papers Award!
14" x 18"
The exhibition runs through September 29, 2012, and is held at the National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South, New York, NY 10003. If you're close by, this is an exhibition you won't want to miss! If you can't get to New York City, you can see the award winning paintings on the PSA web site (click on the link toward the bottom of the page to see all the award winning paintings).
Here are a couple of recently finished commissions. I was lucky to be working with some wonderful (and wonderfully patient!) people who wanted me to paint their dogs and grandchildren. I was especially looking forward to painting the boys. They are so adorable, and I love painting little hands and feet. I'm super happy with the way these paintings turned out, but disappointed in my inability to get the colors to show up accurately in the pictures. I hope you'll take my word for it that they look much better in person!
Three of my paintings were accepted into the International Association of Pastel Societies' 20th Juried Exhibition, held at The City of Brea Art Gallery in Brea, CA. The show runs until September 14, 2012. See the gallery web site for details.
It's always better to see a show in person, but if you're not local to Brea, check out the IAPS web site for pics of the winning paintings and a slideshow of paintings included in the show.
My painting "Nap Interrupted" won 3rd place in the Pastel Society of the West Coast's 26th Annual International Open Exhibition! This is my third year entering the exhibition, which gives me my PSWC signature. It is also my third award, which means I am now a PSWC Distinguished Pastelist! In order to receive Distinguished Pastelist designation, you have to win three awards in the international exhibition within five consecutive years. There are only 31 Distinguished Pastelists in the PSWC, and I'm thrilled to be one of them!
14" x 24"
Here are the comments from the Judge, Lorenzo Chavez:
The works that became the top award winners all had two things in common, mastery of drawing, and the artists created from the heart. Congratulations to all and wishing you much success. (Comment on the painting "Nap Interrupted" by Kari Tirrell.) "This is another great example of a big interesting design and fine, fine craftsmanship. The animal portrait is handled with such love and emotion. Every time I viewed this from across the room, it grabbed my full attention. Outstanding!"