Just juried in.

“I like it. There’s someone in there.” That’s what a legendary artist told me when I shared this painting.”

“Matriarch,” 14×18, oil on canvas.

Honestly, that alone was enough validation for me. But I went ahead and entered “Matriarch” into the second annual online exhibition of The American Impressionist Society. This weekend, I got notification that it was juried in. I’ve been in a funk in recent months, which has affected my painting. Hard to believe we’re going into a second winter of the pandemic; Delta is currently surging in my state. This acceptance lifted my spirits and got me back in the studio.

This is the toughest show I’ve been juried into yet … about a 25% acceptance rate, and the base level of talent is much higher than most shows. It is humbling to see my name listed alongside so many wonderful artists. Here’s a link to the the online catalog.

This painting is of my often-quirky and usually sweet mother. I recently gifted it to a niece (Mom’s granddaughter) who’s always been loving and respectful to Mom. The niece recently married and bought her first home, so it seemed like the perfect time for an heirloom gift.

As always, thanks for your interest in my work.

30 Paintings in 30 Days, arrgh!

I’ve been wanting to challenge myself for a while, so this month, I decided to take the plunge. I signed up for the Strada Easel 30-Day Challenge, which has an added twist in that you must draw or paint from life each day (not from photos or imagination). Well, it’s been hard, but here’s what I did. It should be noted that many of these are not finished, nor ideal. The point of the challenge is to discipline yourself to paint every day. Even if you don’t feel like it. Even if you think you don’t have the time, because you can almost always find time. I probably made it a little harder on myself than it had to be, by painting more complex subjects every day. I also painted more paintings than are show here, lol. What can I say, I’m a glutton for punishment! What are you doing to challenge yourself artistically?

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Day 3. Oil on linen, 11 x 14

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Day 2, Oil on linen panel, 10 x 10.

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Day 1, Oil on canvas, 12 x 12.