The Absolute series of paintings often pairs natural elements along side more man-made subject matter. As I explore my surroundings for content that matches with the overall vision of my next piece, I find that my work naturally has corresponding seasons with the world around me. This year’s spring has brought with it new inspirations and new adaptations. Now introducing Absolute: Mend, my latest oil painting. Continue reading to see more of this piece.
the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness
(Written in 2014) To all of you:
My dear family, friends, continued supporters, and anonymous readers whom I’ve not yet had the pleasure of meeting —
Over the past few weeks, I’ve felt compelled to write a letter of thanks to you. I looked internally for the catalyst that drives such an urge. Which monumental checkpoint must my subconscious be promoting so that I’d feel this overwhelming sense of thanks toward you? I started to calculate the separate adventures that you’ve helped me with over the years andI’ve come to this conclusion:
I was searching for that oneevent or reason to thank you. But the truth is, I have plenty of reasons. And they happen everyday. Your support comes in many forms. I thank you all for each.
My first solo show as an artist was in 1999. Since then you’ve journeyed to my gallery openings, provided spaces to exhibit my work, made purchases, embraced my online media, strengthened my emotional infrastructure, congratulated me on my graduation from college twice, welcomed me into and out of the teaching world, and encouraged improvements when needed with constructive reinforcements. Whether you are my lifetime art companion or newly found electronic-media friend, I am grateful for the support you invest in my livelihood as a professional artist.
As my new website turns 1 year old this month, it’s celebrated with over 13,000 views and an ever-growing number of followers who are tuning in each week as I showcase my artwork, introduce my latest exhibition schedules, and learn about my life as an artist. These are 13,000+ endorsements that are in addition to your in-person support.
The phrase, “Thank you” is insufficient in comparison to how I honestly feel. My gratitude is plentiful and I am eager to return the kindness. Your vast forms of support give the vital nutrients and fertile ground from which continued success in the arts can grow. This, I’m truly thankful for.
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What’s your sacred place? Where do you go to contemplate?
If you’re at all familiar with my blog, you’ve no doubt gotten to know me a little. I’m the type of person who likes to venture out on little day-trips to get into the right mental spot. Building a little bit of happiness ‘to go’ into my workday is crucial for my creative process. Especially during the warmer seasons.The pursuit of the right materials and thinking spaces for the latest two “Absolute” paintings has taken me on a journey that has spanned through woods, over miles of railroad tracks, into an apparently abandoned man-made prairie, and even atop of a 2,000 year old Adena Native American burial mound. Read onward to see the whole process.
If you’ve purchased an educational textbook in the past 100+ years, you’ve most likely heard of the publishing company where my latest exhibition is held.McGraw-Hill Education Companiesspecializes in developing adapted learning practices and educational resources for students, teachers, administrators, and parents.
This week marks the first exhibition of the SnackHacks and ToeHeads together in one showing of selected works. While the current show is held exclusively for the employees at the McGraw-Hill headquarters, I’ve been given special permission to document the show for my online galleries.