California Art Club 106th Gold Medal Exhibition
April 9- 30 2017
Autry Museum of the American West
4700 Western Heritage Way
Los Angeles, CA, 90027
Opening night Artist’s Gala Reception: Saturday April 8 at 6pm $125 at the door includes dinner and beer and wine bar.
The two paintings of mine below are on view and available to purchase at the exhibition. I will be there at the Artist’s Gala Reception on Saturday April 8 at 6 pm for the big preview event and to promote my work. Please be sure to say hello!
Jan 27 – Mar 4, 2017
Opening Reception: Friday, Jan 27, 6-9 pm
Small Works Group Exhibition at Collins Galleries
November 26- December 9
Collins Galleries Small Works Group Exhibition is open now in Orleans, MA. I have a new painting in this show titled “Winter Leaf” that uses texture to communicate a feeling and tactile sense of cold.
Waterhouse Gallery is celebrating its 32nd year in business in the beautiful downtown district of Santa Barbara with its Anniversary Exhibition opening on November 19th. It is always a grand affair with over 50 artists participating and in attendance at the opening that includes a collectors dinner and more events the following day. I am exhibiting two paintings with them this year and will be there in person to enjoy some gorgeous paintings, many of which highlight the beautiful California coast and landscape.
This summer’s exhibition schedule is kicking off with Gallery 1261’s Figurative II exhibition which just opened this Friday. I have two paintings in the show, Self Portrait and I’d Love to See You Before I Go. The show will be up until July 16, so if you are in the Denver area be sure to stop by to see them in person! You can read more about these two paintings here and here.
The next exhibition is at Collins Galleries in beautiful Orleans, MA on the Cape. Their annual summer salon opens at the height of the season on July 9 and will be up until the 22nd. I will be sending my latest painting there for the show. It is titled Tea in Blue and was inspired by my love of delicate blue patterns. The teapot and cup were a gift to me from the lovely and talented Terese Rogers, who was a fellow apprentice with me at Anthony Waichulis’ studio. You should check out her website at http://www.tereserogers.com/. I love her landscapes of the surrounding area of her home in Wilkes-Barre, PA and from her excursions to the world’s beaches and mountains.
Back to the painting though, Tea in Blue also features a Mexican glazed tile that I picked up from the Olvera Stree Market here in downtown Los Angeles and a decorative piece of fabric that I love because it reminds me of a dress that I was given as a gift from a man who sold Indian exports in Berkeley. I lived there for a few months some years ago and would bring a selection of his store merchandise to the Sausalito flea market on the sunny spring weekends. It was a gorgeous white dress with blue patterned embroidery and a drawstring with little tinkly bells. This favorite dress traveled with me to Amsterdam and Morrocco later that year and became a part of my adventures there. I lost it afterward but it lives on in my memory with the scent of incense and the brilliant afternoon light and wind of the Mediterrean. This painting,I hope evokes the fragrance of afternoon tea, a bouquet of romance and nostalgia taking you to far away places.
I’m happy to announce that I’ll be participating in this year’s California Art Club Gold Exhibition as a new Signature Artist Member. The annual Gold exhibition is a lavish event that celebrates some of the finest painting and sculpture of today’ contemporary artists working in the Western region and in the traditional and/or California Impressionist genre. This year’s exhibition will be held at the esteemed Autry Museum of the American West, just minutes away from Griffith Park. It will be up for almost a month, so be sure to come visit this gorgeous venue and see some beautiful art work! Also, if you are interested in meeting me or any of the artists in the exhibition, there is a very nice Artist’s Gala Reception that is held at the beginning of the exhibition where you can scoop up a painting with an early bid as well as enjoy a beautiful banquet of food and beverage.
105th CAC Annual Gold Exhibition
Location: Autry Museum of the American West
4700 Western Heritage Way
Los Angeles, California 90027
Dates: April 3 – 24, 2016
The historic California Art Club presents its signature exhibition, spotlighting more than 200 sculpture and paintings of genres ranging from landscapes and seascapes to figures and still lifes. The exhibiting artists include nationally renowned representational artists who have been active in expanding interest in the California Impressionist heritage associated with the organization’s founding in 1909. While the artists employ time-honored fine art techniques, their featured works seek to innovate with modern messages that address societal issues from diversity to the environment.
The official catalog is now LIVE and available to view: Click here
The upcoming Paris Seminar exhibition has been in the stages of planning and development over the last year. When Vanessa and Sean asked me if I was interested in being a part of this amazing opportunity I did not have to think about it. I said yes immediately. Probably most people would jump at the chance to go to Paris and most artists would fall in love with the thought of painting in the historic studio “La Grande Chaumiere” near the Luxembourg Gardens where such greats as Picasso, Cezanne and Modigliani met and painted together. To make the idea even more enticing there will also be discourses on a broad range of classical subjects. One of the goals of the seminar is to understand art within the context of the humanities which is something that clearly speaks to my love of learning and cross-fertilization of ideas.
In addition to the vision and leadership of Vanessa and Sean, there is the group of artists, some who I already know and some whose work I greatly admire, who will be fellows during this trip. We will be putting our work up for sale during the upcoming exhibition this April to pay for the seminar which is scheduled to happen this August. The proceeds will pay each artist’s way individually and cover the airfare, lodging and some extra expenses during that time. There are also a number of generous sponsors who have come together and offered various donations to make the following exhibitions possible, to give visibility to the project and to provide materials and educational resources to the artists. The diversity of people, organizations and interests involved is a testimony to ideas and scope of the Paris Seminar.
Paris Seminar Exhibition
An exciting project by Academic Director Sean Forester, a classically trained artist who studied at Cambridge University and the Florence Academy of Art, will be leading seminars on composition and humanities. Advised by partner artist/writer Vanessa Rothe, as well as Iliya Mirochnik of the Repin Academy, and Alan Lawson of the Alpine Fellowship, the program will include visits to Paris museums and the Ecole des Beaux Arts. In addition to the various Museum visits, Rothe will discuss the literature and art that was created in Paris at the turn of the century, as well as bring in other contemporary Paris ‘art world’ informative sessions and lead the aritsts to famed painting locations in Paris. A historical lecture by Dominque Sennelier 3rd generation chemist and art supplier of Sennelier colors in Paris since 1887, will teach about the history of art tools and materials and the group will meet and paint at “LA GRANDE CHAUMIERE”, a famous studio near the Luxembourg Gardens where such greats as Picasso, Cezanne and Modigliani met and painted together.
There will be 2 separate locations and dates for the exhibitions: LCAD and Salmagundi Club
Laguna College of Art and Design
Address: 2222 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, California 92651
Dates: April 01 – April 14, 2016
Reception: April 8, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Demo with Adrian Gottlieb, Kate Sammons and Sean Forrester: April 8th, 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Humanities and Group Figure Composition Workshop: April 9th, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Address: 47 5th Ave, New York, NY 10003
Dates: April 28th and 29th, 2016 a
Reception: April 28, 6:30-9 p.m.
An introduction of the Paris Seminar at 6pm followed by the opening and unveiling of the works 6:30-9 with ongoing discussions in the famous Samagundi club art library. Additional demos the 29th of April in the evening by Michelle Dunaway and Michael Klein and presentations by Sean Forester, Vanessa Rothe and Alan Lawson.
This piece just arrived in Orleans, MA for Collins Galleries Small Works Group Exhibition at the end of the month. Cape Cod is quieter now that the season has turned and the birds and tourists are flying to warmer places. But what a wonderful time it is there if you have read and loved Henry Beston’s book The Outermost House, and also the holiday season is just starting up!
This is my latest alla prima painting, a refreshing change after completing the previous painting, Flowers of Eden (featured below) which was painted in a more finely rendered style. My alla prima painting is much different in texture when you see it up close than Flowers of Eden. The paint is applied thickly and built up particularly in certain areas to reflect the light. The surface is rough in texture with ridges and valleys from vigorous brush strokes that contrast with smoother passages. This type of painting process pursues a different purpose. My intention with alla-prima paintings is to represent the object, light, form and color as simply as possible. I find simple things to be some of the most clever and delightful when there are intelligent decisions made. A single statement that is presented clearly and concisely can be stronger than a more complex one. My alla prima paintings are painted faster than finely rendered ones because there is one goal to achieve instead of many. This doesn’t mean that it’s any easier to make a successful alla prima painting, but it does require less time. (Fyi, because of this reason, my alla prima paintings are priced lower and therefore a better deal.) Be sure to sign up for Collins Galleries ecatalog preview to be one of the first people to view the exhibition before it opens!
The name of this painting, “Flowers from Jaffa” came from a trip to Israel that Adrian and I recently returned from where he taught a painting workshop in Tel Aviv. One day, we took a morning trip to historic Jaffa, the old town center in the South of Tel Aviv and wandered around the flea market. There I bought the ceramic bowl that you see painted with the lilies. If you’ve seen some of my other paintings, you might guess that I am attracted to blue and white pottery and blue patterned textiles. My mother collected blue and white dishware and my great aunt collected blue and white china. It’s now become something of a family trait.
I also have a delightful watercolor that is included in the exhibition. It is a small 6 x 12 study that I did on location in North Eastham, MA at First Encounters Beach on a late sunny afternoon in early September. Adrian and I had the pleasure of visiting Cape Cod for the first time this year on a family vacation and vividly remember the big house, the fish bakes, the Great Pond and all the little beaches we discovered. Both of us did more than a few little painting studies, often times racing against the last hour of afternoon light. I’m so happy to have made some mementos from the beautiful experience.
Flowers of Eden was painted for a special exhibition that will be debuting in two days at Gallery 1261, in collaboration with Windows to the Divine. Windows to the Divine is a registered trademark established in 1998 of the Colorado Dominican Vocation Foundation (Foundation), a nonprofit foundation that supports the vocation of artists and the Dominicans. Through exhibitions, education and outreach, Windows to the Divine® programs promote these important vocations as well as multiculturalism and interfaith dialogue. Along with the exhibition at Gallery 1261, there will be a Renaissance of Realism National Symposium to be held on Friday, November 13, 2015 at the Denver Art Museum for the Collectors for Connoisseurship, a membership of patrons and artist sponsored by the Windows to the Divine program.
The painting takes an imaginative departure from a dramatically lit arrangement of flowers to a living display of the Biblical story of the snake and the apple. It was created with an indirect technique in which an underpainting is first realized before subsequent transparent glazes and opaque scumbles are laid over. The result achieves a characteristic subtlety where vivid color and atmospheric depths are a prominent feature. Also, visible here in the close up photographs, the painting surface is exquisitely smooth and polished. I left in the dust particles reflecting the light as a reference comparison so you can see all the surface disturbances. This style is typical of the Flemish paintings of the 17th century and various artists in later times who achieved a similar refined look such as Ingres and David. This elegant style is set off by a simple gold leaf floater frame and would look perfect in a similarly elegant setting. It is of slightly larger than life size proportions standing at 26 x 20 inches in height to make a impressive statement. In the photo of the framed painting on the easel, you can even see a jar of Gamvar, which is the varnish I choose to protect my paintings with.
These two paintings were completed for the Small Works show that will be ending soon at Gallery 1261. The original inspiration for the pair of works was an antique kimono with blue embroidery that suggested mystery and intrigue to me. The way the designs folded in with the drape of the fabric along with the deep blues and blacks suggested the undulations in deep water. Finally, the addition of the lilies and the sea creatures made me think of the way that animals camouflage or advertise themselves in nature. These pieces are painted in my classic style with very detailed rendering and a smooth surface polish. There are multiple layers of glazes that give the paintings a deep rich color and delicate scumbling to bring out subtle forms and texture which are visible when examining the painting up close in person. At a small 9 x 12 size, with filleted and beveled black frames that emphasize the depth of the picture plane, viewers are invited to step in closely and see the painting on an intimate scale. I hope that they will feel the sensation of drifting with the waves and smile at the thought of floating along with goldfish and eels
Collins Galleries Summer Salon August 8 – 21, 2015
I just sent two new 9 x 12 inch watercolors to debut at Collins Galleries opening this weekend, located on the beautiful Cape Cod of Orleans, MA. It’s high season there and such a beautiful place to enjoy the summer weather and view some art! These imaginative floral bouquets answered a personal craving for something fun, stimulating and fresh. If you are in the area, I invite you to stop by soon and check them out in person. You can also view the e-catalog after August 7.
Gallery 1261 exhibition: The Object of Objects, July 24 – Aug 15, 2015
Sold! “Stairs and Flowers”, 16 x 20, oil on panel on opening night. The high contrast drama of this new painting is a change from my earlier light flooded paintings this year due to a recent change in my studio environment. I also had a lot of fun painting into the surrealistic mood of this piece. Anticipate more work like this coming in the future!
Pauly Friedman Gallery: Capturing Realism 2015, July 11- Sept 30, 2015
I am exhibiting two lovely small works, “Shells” 6×9, oil on panel and “Starfish”, 8×10, oil on panel with one of my alma maters, the former Waichulis Studio, now the International Ani Art Academies , which has grown from a small private atelier in NE Pennsylvania to span multiple academies across the world including locations in Anguilla, Dominican Republic and the soon to be launched academy in Thailand. Fortunately, you can view this exhibition of many of the current and former students works until late September in Dallas, PA.
Group exhibition at Gallery 1261 opening Feb 20th
I will be showing two new paintings at the upcoming group exhibition at Gallery 1261 opening February 20th. Both paintings are 16 x 20 inch floral still lives that were finished in December of 2014. Squash is among one of my latest alla prima paintings that features some of my most skillful and yet simplest brushwork to date. Dominicana features a painted trompe l’oeil exotic wood background of Palisander behind a Dominican wood carved vase of impasto white roses. You can check them out at the gallery’s show preview online.