I was pleased to have all five of my paintings accepted to this year’s juried en pleinair show at the Wailoa Art Center in Hilo. It was also an honor to receive my third-place award for my painting Red Road at Makakau!
In addition, my painting Mango Canopy was placed on its own pedestal at the front entrance, where visitors see it first thing when they enter the show. Mahalo to the juror and Wailoa Center staff for presenting my work with so much respect.
It’s a wonderful thing to receive an acknowledgement for the work it takes to be an artist, especially the time spent practicing my art. As an artist, the magic for me is in the actual creation of a piece, especially en pleinair painting where I am outdoors and completely immersed in the breeze, colors, light, and sounds of nature. Receiving an award or selling a piece of art is the icing on the cake. Yes, it’s sweet, but the making of the art is the cherished experience itself.
To be able to travel, paint and teach art has been a goal of mine for quite some time.
So being invited to teach art in Maui at the Hui No’Eau is truly a dream come true.
Just a few months after moving to the Big Island of Hawaii last year, I was contacted by Hui No’Eau to come teach my workshops there as a visiting island artist. The school is a nonprofit, community art school in Maui, situated on one of the historic Baldwin estates. It has a view of Haleakala to one side and the distant coast to the other side. It’s upcountry, surrounded by rolling hills, lush vegetation and meadows. The school itself is set on 22 acres with a variety of buildings for arts and craft disciplines. The main gallery shows work by contemporary artists and the classes are well attended.
Yes.. it’s real. I taught my first workshop this weekend at Hui No’Eau called Tropical Expressions using Watercolor and Collage. It was a full class and so much fun to teach. Sharing my knowledge and inspiring others to tap into their creativity is truly my ultimate dream. Next weekend I teach abstract painting using acrylics on paper.
During the week my plan is to reconnect with island friends and paint, paint and paint. Maui is first island of the Hawaiian islands that I visited and first island I loved. The Big Island is where my soul lives now but Maui is still one fabulous place to visit.
New Haven Magazine, interview, December, 2015
Check out a fabulous new article about my artwork, studio and my life.
New Haven Magazine: December issue, 2015 (pgs 33-35) written by Lesley Roy
Juried show: January 5th – 30th
Opening Reception: Thursday, January 7th, 5-8pm
I’m excited to announce that my painting “Remember” has been chosen for the annual juried show at Blue Mountain Gallery in New York City scheduled for January, 2016, juried by Stanley Lewis.
Exhibition features the work of thirty-four artists selected from over a thousand entries! Stanley Lewis will attend the opening reception on January 7. His career spans more than four decades, beginning with his studies at Yale and leading to a successful career as an influential painter and teacher.
Click to see chosen artists at Blue Mountain Gallery.
530 West 25th, 4th floor
New York, NY 10001
Remember, 21″ x 16″, oil on linen
It’s up and it’s colorful!
My commissioned mural was painted entirely indoors, and later installed on the outside of it’s new home last weekend. I’m happy to report that it looked even better than I had hoped. The design the client and I worked out looked beautiful and added a lot of color to the neighborhood. Thank goodness the neighbors like it as well.
Here I am showing off my mural to my mother. If you’re driving on East Broadway in Milford, CT, see if you can spy it just off to the side, heading toward Silver Sands State Park. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in having a mural done for either an interior or exterior placement. See more of my installed art.
Kiki and me admire my mural outside the house
Checking things out before installation
Arriving in style at the Blue Mountain Gallery for my NYC exhibition debut!
June 18th-July 3rd.
Gallery Hours:Â Tuesday â€“ Saturday 11AM â€“ 6PM
530 West 25th, 4th floor â€“ New York, NY 10001
Works are fromÂ my MFA thesis: a portrait series of my elderly parents expressingÂ their enduring love.Â I’ll be showing again in the Blue Mountain Small Works Invitational show: July 7th-July 25th
Recently sold paintings from some of my favorite painting locations.. the Big Sur coast in California, the Red Road in Hawaii,Â and Bethany, Connecticut… view from my studio window.