Saturday, September 24, 2016

The "Fearless" Exhibit

I am so excited that two of my paintings where accepted in the National juried exhibit titled "Fearless" at the Old Courthouse Art Center in Woodstock.

October  6– 29

“Fearless” National Exhibit

Old Courthouse Art Center

101 Johnson St., Woodstock, IL

Reception: Saturday Oct. 15, 6-9 p.m.

This is an oil painting depicting my son Alex on the long term parking commuter train in the international terminal at O'Hare Airport in Chicago.  The painting titled "World Traveler" measures 40"high x 60" wide.

This painting is also oil on canvas and depicts my daughter Michelle on the same train at O'Hare Airport.  This is oil on canvas and measures 40"high x 30"wide.

My husband Keith and I have enjoyed the opportunity to travel throughout Europe with our two children Michelle and Alex.  I think that the way the world is today that international travel does take a bit of a "fearless" attitude as in the title of the show these two paintings will be a part of.

I like to build depth in my work so that the flat surface of the canvas takes on a more three dimensional space with believable depth.  The main figure is usually dominant in the foreground and the middle ground is occupied by more figures and the background fades to cooler colors and softer edges.  I love the entire process from working out the composition to the final brushstrokes.  I look forward to completing the new canvases that I am stretching and starting on new work.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Exhibiting in the show "Beyond Rosie the Riveter: Women at Work"

I will be showing my oil painting "Captain Dana, R.N. USAF"
in the Koehnline Museum of Art at Oakton Community College for the show "Beyond Rosie the Riveter: Women at Work". Dana is one of the veterans who generously shared her story and image with me for my "Portraits of American Veterans Project". The show details: Oakton Community College, 1600 Golf Rd., Des Plaines, IL Dates: Sept. 29- October 21, Reception and Artist Talk- Thursday, Sept. 29 5-8 p.m. I will be at the reception to share Dana's story and meet with gallery visitors.
This is my statement for the exhibition:

Strong hard working women build a better more peaceful world. I chose to honour, a woman I admire, Air Force veteran Dana Mayer.  Dana enlisted in the military after nursing school, later working as a transport nurse in Iraq and Afghanistan saving lives on planes, in hospitals and in villages.  She is one of the four brave women represented in my “Portraits of American Veterans Project”. Women have a long history of service in the US military working hard, doing their jobs, with passion and commitment. Thank you Dana for your service.

Sunday, June 5, 2016

New Show with Chicago Women's Caucus for Art

My new oil painting "Observation" is oil on canvas and measures 36"x 36" and will be on exhibit at the Mayslake Peabody Estate Gallery during the months of June and July.

My oil painting "Confluence" will be in the catalogue for the show at the Peabody Estate Gallery where I will show with members of the CWCA.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Art With a Purpose: "Faces Not Forgotten"

I learned about Faces Not Forgotten from Arlene Rakoncay, the president of the Chicago Women's Caucus for Art.  She sent all members of the CWCA a link to the information about this powerful art project that puts a face on the young victims of gun violence in America's cities. 

The Faces project was started by artist, Christine Ilewski. She began painting portraits of children who have died from victims of gun violence in memory of Lorenzo Rosebaugh. It is her hope that by putting a face to these victims, we can raise awareness about gun violence in the USA.

Posting pictures is a powerful way to promote engagement, as pictures tend to garner more views, likes, shares, and comments than text alone. Join us as we present thirty-four Chicago artists who responded to the call for artists, to join our social justice movement by painting portraits of Chicago youth who have lost their lives as victims of gun violence.

I painted the portraits of Thomas James Randolph and Rolanda Marshall.  The completed portraits have exhibited at Genesis Art Gallery, Bloomingdale Gallery and in June they will exhibit in the Phantom Gallery.  Printed on canvas the portraits will be then stitched together to form a quilt that will become part of a traveling exhibit.  The original portraits will be presented to the families of the victims at a special ceremony at the Phantom Gallery in Chicago.
Rolanda Marshall was 14
Thomas James Randolph was 20

Saturday, April 23, 2016

New Work on Exhibit at Arts in Action

Three new paintings in the studio.  These are all painted from photos from travels on trains and in the Metra station in Chicago.

Here I am with the completed paintings on exhibit for the first time in the Sage Gallery.

More work on exhibit in Arts in Action.

March went by so fast that I haven't even had a chance to write in my journal much less post on my blog or update my web sites.  The pics above show you what was keeping me busy in March.  Along with painting a portrait for "Faces not Forgotten" my new work required attention to detail and surface that I always focus on in my work.  I will post more info about the "Faces not Forgotten"  project in my next installment.

 Above are the new works that I have on exhibit in the Sage Gallery at the Lakeside Arts Park in Crystal Lake.  I have been exploring and expanding on my ongoing interest in water and the vital role that it plays in all life on earth.  I found the photos that I've taken at Crown Fountain in Chicago to be a wealth of visual information that I have been working with to expand on my ideas about water and humans interacting with it's endless ebb and flow. I have never run out of ideas or subjects for my work, the world is so interesting I don't think I ever will.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Nathaniel proudly showing off his two final paintings in my studio and achieving his Art Merit Badge.

I've been busy in my studio during the past 8 months with painting, open studios and basically working all the time.  My latest news is that my friend Nathaniel just earned his Boy Scouts of America Art Merit Badge.  His Dad and I worked with him for 6 months developing a specialized a art program that would allow Nathaniel to prove that he could fulfill all the requirements to achieve the merit badge.  Nathaniel is 14 with Downs Syndrome and a remarkable young artist.  He shines in painting, especially when he can narrate while he's painting.  He fills the room with his joy while he's making art. We'll get started on his sculpture Merit Badge soon.  I forgot to mention that I'm a Certified BSA Merit Badge Counselor.  I love working with the boys on helping them achieve the next level on their way to becoming Eagle Scouts.....and many of you thought the Boy Scouts were all about camping and hiking.