My most recent painting, "Icelandic Rocks with a Crane Fly" is on display at the Schlueter Art Gallery at Wisconsin Lutheran College, as a part of the WLC Faculty, Alumni and Guest Artist exhibition. As gallery manager, it had been awhile since the faculty and alums have shared a recent work with the campus so I thought it was about time to organize the event. It's a wonderful diversity of images.
Also, included in the show are a couple special guest artists connected to the college.
The exhibit is up now until Friday October 4, when there will be a closing reception. More information can be found at: http://www.wlc.edu/2019-06-Art-Exhibition/
"Icelandic Rocks with a Crane Fly"
Acrylic on Canvas
30" h x 40" w
About the work: "In the spring of 2009, I organized a student trip to Iceland for the first time. It turned out to be one of the most incredible, visually stunning places I have ever travelled to; even returning in 2015, organizing a second art department trip, as I had to see its beauty and meet with its wonderful people once again. Iceland is primarily a land formed by volcanoes and tectonic plates, shifting and changing regularly. As a result, there are many rocks everywhere. When I came across this particular group, the blue and white lichens covering their surface stopped me. I had never seen such colors so I snapped a photo. Finally, here in 2019, the painting I had begun in 2009 is completed for this show. One friend wondered why it took so long to finish. I had worked on it on and off over the years (amidst the realities of teaching, life in general and other projects), but now seemed the time when I had the experience to paint it the way I envisioned it. It is still not as perfect as I wish (though most artworks never are for us artists, I believe – imperfection keeps us moving creatively), but it at least shares with you an intimate moment and an anomaly in an expansive and complex landscape. Insects have become the focus of my current work so I also included a crane fly, as it was the only insect I saw (and fortunately, I took a photograph of him or her) in this often very windy country (the grass eludes to those oh so vibrant currents!). "
I am thrilled to announce I will an artist in residence at Caribou Ranch Open Space in Nederland, CO from August 11 - 17! More details coming as the time becomes closer. Looking forward to fully concentrating on art for a week in a wilderness mountain space, searching out insects, spiders and plants!
It seems water is a popular theme for Wisconsin art exhibits this year! :) "Northern Wisconsin Pond Life" was selected for the "Art of Water III" exhibit at the James May Gallery in Algoma, WI from May 3 - 31, 2019.
Last spring, I had attended a workshop on water life at the Urban Ecology Center, where the speaker brought bottles of preserved aquatic animals for us to look at. While it always makes me sad to see the creatures dead, their beautiful forms came through so I decided to create tribute images of them. Through observation, it was evident there was more diversity and greater sizes of northern Wisconsin pond life versus the southern Wisconsin biota, which had less variety of species and of noticeably smaller sizes.
My finished painting for the SWAN(Support Women Artists Now) Day MKE exhibit. The theme is water so I decided on combining creatures I had seen at a Mequon Nature Preserve event and insects I had viewed under portable lenses at "Bug Day" in the fall at Wehr Nature Center. All the animals need water to survive and comprise of life found in a pond, hence the title for the piece, "Pond Life Community."
SWAN Day MKE Art Exhibit
March 23 - June 1
Urban Ecology Center - Menomonee Valley
3700 N. Pierce St.
Milwaukee, WI 53215
From now until November 11, five of my insect acrylic paintings will be part of "The Little Mini Tiny
Wisconsin (well, four now - one sold last night! Thanks to Meghan!). Images had to have been no
Besides painting and drawing, I am always taking photographs of what I find on walks with my dog, hikes in parks or gardening in the yard. I have always thought of them as reference materials, yet have always created them with consideration for design and a respect for what I see. I decided to enter them in an area photography show. It was really gratifying to learn three of my images were juried into the "Change" exhibition at the Arts Mill in Grafton.
Change: A Photo Exhibit on the Impermanence of Life
October 2 - November 17
The Arts Mill
1300 14th Ave
Grafton, WI 53024
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Check out the "Visual Arts, Nature's Delicate Balance" page, where you will find my painting.
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