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Aquarius #6, watercolor and thread on layered Yupo paper, 41 x 40″



For this painting I have gone back to a format of alternating painted strips and empty space (unpainted paper). I wanted to allow for both maximum chaotic movement and, simultaneously, the restraint of geometric order. The painting is one of four that were created for a commission from SMINK Art and Design in Dallas.

I was out running errands and listening to the radio the morning that Dr. Ford gave her testimony in Washington.  Without going into the politics here, I can say that her story, told with great sincerity, brought to mind the times I myself was disrespected, overpowered and frightened as a young woman.  Those events, of course, had to be silently endured at the time – they were to be expected, just because of my sex.  But the fear and outrage never went away.

Heart racing, I drove home, got in the studio and channeled my emotions into this composition.   When I look at this painting I feel a confused and sad blue area on the left giving way to a tremendous surge of bold movement on the right.   Dr. Ford’s testimony has validated my own experience and somehow released long-buried feelings, transforming them into this image of power.  I remain hopeful that as more women speak up, the attacks on us, always simply endured as “the way it is,” will cease.  We will bring the hidden shame into the light.  

This painting is watercolor on layers of translucent synthetic paper sewn onto mat board.   Dimensions when framed are 41 x 40.” 

Some images of the exhibit at Gebert Contemporary on Canyon Road in Santa Fe.  Besides my paintings the show features work by Munson Hunt, Cov Jordan and Patrick Mehaffy.  The show will be up through August 4, so please stop by to see it.

 

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Gebert Contemporary is showing five of my latest paintings in a four-person show entitled Regarding Nature.   Covington Jordan, Munson Hunt and Patrick Mahaffy are the other featured artists.   I just stopped by the gallery to see the show and it’s gorgeous! with many resonances between the works.  If you are a Santa Fe peep, please do come by for a look.

The opening reception will be on Friday evening, July 6th from 5: to 7:00, and the address for Gebert Contemporary is 558 Canyon Road.  gebertcontemporary.com  I hope to see you there!

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Winter Garden, watercolor on layered synthetic paper (Yupo), 41 x 55″

I have no end product in mind when I begin a painting.  First I pin up one or two painted sheets of transparent color and notice how they look together.  Then I continue to add or subtract sheets, shift placements, notice rhythms, and search for a certain feeling of flow and harmony across the composition.  I’m exploring the pictorial space, rather than aiming at a pre-determined or pre-visulaized outcome.  This process allows spontaneity and accident to occur at any and all stages of art-making.

People have asked if I listen to music while I’m working.  No, I don’t, because in a sense I’m listening to the painting and it sort of talks to me; “I’m too heavy on the right,” “Try some yellow,” or “Make me wider.”  Listening to music is reserved for when the composition is set and I’m sewing the Yupo sheets onto a mat board, a rather brainless activity.

A consistent series of paintings results from methods and principles that remain the same; it’s a pathway.  Sometimes it is a one-color path.  Attention to intuition and impulse guides me.  Right now I’m on a slow journey through a rosy-colored garden.  This garden opened its gate to me when I began to consciously heal some physical health issues in 2017.  Within it, joy, warmth, growth and change are nurtured and supported.  It’s a refuge from the chaos of politics, toxic relationships and any kind of worry – a place to just quietly be.  My hope is that you, the viewer, will also find solace and renewal in these spaces.

 

Rose:Heart:Flame #3 - 300dpi

Rose/Heart/Flame, from a series of small paintings completed last spring, is now on view at Gebert Contemporary, 558 Canyon Road.  The more I think about this work, the less I want to define it for you, the viewer.  Let the shapes be anything, from fire to rose petals, and let them speak directly to your heart.

 

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Opening in October, the New Mexico Museum of Art included some of my work in the Alcoves 16/17 #5 Exhibit.  The Alcoves exhibitions focus on current work by contemporary NM artists and change every 7 weeks.  It is truly amazing how many accomplished, exciting artists are working here.  16/17 #5 happened to include two of my cohorts in the Lady Minimalists Tea Society, Shaun Gilmore and Signe Stuart, along with Kelly Eckel and Mira Burack.  Curator Kate Ware did an outstanding job of selecting artists whose work is strongly related and set up a 5-part dialogue among our individual spaces in the large hall of the museum.

Kate chose 5 paintings from the Elegy series that I made after my husband, Wayne, passed away.  As always, the work is watercolor on translucent Yupo paper (a synthetic paper).  Elegy #19, above, epitomizes my intuitive, receptive painting process and conveys the mixed emotions of grief, calm, and wonder I was feeling at the time (2014).

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Here I am speaking to a crowd at the Museum about my work.

The show is down now, but was chosen as one of the 10 best art events of 2016 by the New Mexico critic for art ltd. magazine.  Thanks, Jon Carver!  We also got positive reviews in the Santa Fe New Mexican Pasatiempo magazine, THE Magazine, and Visual Art Source, an on-line publication.

 

River:Flow:Chart #7

River/Flow/Chart #7

I’m pleased to announce that Gebert Contemporary will be exhibiting three of my River/Flow/Charts in a group show that opens Friday, July 15.  The other featured artists are Udo Noger, John Nelson and Keiko Sadakane.  Please join me at the opening reception from 5 to 7:00 or come by the gallery this summer.  Gebert is on Canyon Road (behind Chiarosuro) and there is parking – though don’t count on it for the reception.

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In just a week I’ll be at the reception for my show at SMINK in Dallas.  Jennifer Smink asked me to make something really big for the exhibition, and here it is – Water Chart – about 53 x 64.”  It was a great challenge to work on this scale, especially because the supports (foam core and mat boards) had to be specially ordered and everything took longer than I expected.  Getting the whole composition to flow and connect and to balance depth with expanse presented new problem at this size.    There are multiple dimensions to perceive here, not just height and width but layered depth, as some squares are three layers deep – hard to convey, really, in a photograph.

The reception will be next Saturday evening at SMINK, 1019 Dragon Street, Dallas.  Please come by if you are in the area.  sminkinc.com

 

 

Chi Gong #4
With color as soft as a breath, Chi Gong #4 embodies the flowing energies of chi. Just looking at it helps me breathe more deeply and freely. But you don’t have to understand the concept of chi to “get” this painting; its expansive vertical flow and airy blues are there for anyone to feel. Or simply enjoy its beauty in a visual way. This is my gift to you, posted just before Christmas.

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