Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Save the Date! 3/22/14

Facebook Event Page here.

I'm having my first big solo exhibition in Minneapolis since 2010!
"Joyride" opens Saturday, March 22, 2014 at Public Functionary in NE Minneapolis.

Ten new 4x4 foot paintings on beautiful hand-made panels by my friend Jason Nash.

I'll be showing ten of my largest paintings to date- plus some other surprises. 
I have never worked so hard on any other thing in my entire life and I'm so excited to finally share the results of this project, which I began in 2012. 

I traveled to 8 states in 8 days for my Metropolitan Regions Arts Council/ McKnight Foundation "Next Step" Grant travel/research project. (I documented my entire trip/project here.)

I hope you can stop by if you are in the Twin Cities. I will post the art online too.

Monday, February 17, 2014

"Creative Block" Book is finally released!

"'Block.' The word sends chills down artists' spines. Creative Block is a get-out-of-hell-free card. Read this book and the dark nights with your creative soul may go more gently." - Jerry Saltz, senior art critic, New York Magazine
My interview and creative un-blocking exercise called, "Faces in Places."

I wrote about this back in October but I wanted to post again because "Creative Block - Advice and Projects from 50 Successful Artists" by Danielle Krysa (AKA The Jealous Curator) has finally hit bookstore shelves...and it is even better than I imagined.

The interviews and projects included in the book are fascinating and often hilarious. Each artist provides a little exercise to help break through "creative block" and they are SO GOOD. I want to do every single one of them!!!

HUGE thanks to Danielle Krysa and Chronicle Books for including me in this gorgeous book.

"Danielle Krysa's Creative Block is truth-telling balm for all of us who wonder if we're the only ones who get stuck, second-guess ourselves, and dance with gremlins. I loved every page- the art, the interviews and the unBlock challenges." Brene' Brown, Ph.D., LMSW, author of Daring Greatly

"Creative Block is a vital reminder that, as we move forward on our creative paths, the obstacles we encounter along the way don't have to be overwhelming. We can tap into our community and draw inspiration from one another- plowing forward and breaking new ground." - Faith Levine, author, director, and freelance artist

Now available at bookstores everywhere! Also via Amazon, Chronicle Books, etc.

Monday, February 10, 2014

The New York Times

If you squint really hard and click your heels three times you can almost make out a couple of my hand-painted custom painted shooting target paintings in this article about Hudson, NY tastemakers in The New York Times.
Photo by Robert Wright for The New York Times

The article, "Cultivating Hudson, Enter the Tastemakers", profiles several shops and businesses fueling the "Rurbanism" boom in the picturesque town, including Harvey's Counter, which has been selling my original works since their opening last year.

Here's a better look at my current work from the shop in case you don't have a magnifying glass handy:

Whiskers and Blue Beauty, 14x24" each, acrylic/graphite on paper shooting targets

Electric Owl & Mischief, 14x24" each, acrylic/graphite on paper shooting targets

Congratulations to Alexandra Dewez, the lovely proprietor. It is my great pleasure to work with Harvey's Counter!
(Photo removed as I was copyright infringing!)
Photo by Jane Beiles for The New York Times.