Thanks to everyone who came out to the Small Treasures show at Archival
Framing in December. I showed some new pieces, and I think they are a
step forward for me. I'm starting to see the potential of my screenprints on
plexiglass, and the direction I hope to take my work with mixed media.
Archival Framing - Oct. 2012
Happy New Year, 2013!
I've been working on some exciting new pieces. One of them, "No Job Too
Big", is part 2 of my "No Job Too Small". I'm using screenprints and spray
paint on 18"x24" pieces of plexiglass and steel. I took a break from that
and made a smaller, simpler piece. It's 10"x10"x2.5" and it's made from 3
layers of plexiglass, which are spaced apart. It's a one color screenprint
with spray painted squares on each layer.
The larger piece is looking good so far and should be done in the next few
weeks. Details and photos and more ideas to come!
New Pieces finished!
"No Job Too Big" is done. I'm really happy with the way it turned out. It has
great depth and I love the way the spray painted colors look next to the
screen printed colors. The drop shadow turned out especially nice. It's a
continuation of "No Job Too Big" but in this piece, the tables have
turned...the insect is in control!
I also finished a piece that I've been working on for a while called "Girl 24".
It's a picture of Queen Victoria that combines wood and plexiglass in a new
way for me. I think this one has a nice mixture of classic and modern
elements. It also has good depth with the 1/4" plexiglass sitting about 1" off
So, I feel I'm starting this year off with good momentum and focus, and I
have more new pieces in the works. Keep checking back for the latest!
Click the images for a closer look...
I'm working on a series called
"Transitions". Here are the first
three pieces. They are 18"x24"x3"
and are screenprints and mixed
media on layered plexiglass. I'm
not sure how many I will make,
but I like the thought of a couple
more of them. I'll have pics for
the gallery and more info soon.
Thanks for looking!
No Going Back
These Transition pictures have affected me personally and artistically.
All my life I've had trouble transitioning. Everyday things like day to
night, awake to asleep, leaving my house or work to driving, being
alone to being social or intimate, all these things create stress and
keep me wondering what is really happening and why. Learning to
transition from one state of mind to another is something I will need to
work on the rest of my life. However, in the process of making these
pictures, I realized it's not so much about knowing where the change
will end up, but about making the best of the transition and enjoying
the process of change. These pictures also allowed me to see my work
in layers and color like never before. I'm using lightboxes behind the
plexiglass and it's hepled to create images I never could have
I think this is a turning point/transition in my work that will change my
ideas about my art and life, and this time I welcome the change.
Transitions ~ Floaters
I recently developed an eye floater...I thought
a gnat was flying in front of me until it kept
moving with my eye. It's strange getting used
Oh well, another transition for me. It's possible
it influenced these pictures. It is a wispy, dark
shape that kinda glows.
These are 18"x24", and made from lightboxes,
screenprints, and spray paint.
Click an image for a closer look!
I've been experimenting with the Floater pics. I'm using
layers of semi-transparent plastics and spray paint to
achieve the colors behind the screenprints. One of these
pieces will be in the KVIE ART AUCTION in September.
Also, I'm really excited about the new lightbox pieces I'm
working on...I can't wait to see them come to life!
During these experiments, I somehow made two
lightbox pics with spray paint and layered plastic only,
no screen prints.
They have a serene, calming quality that I really like. I
will definitely explore this idea more down the road.
I like the simple combination of color and shape.
New Pieces Finished !
It's been a busy month. I
made 2 lightboxes, 2 pieces on
plexi with copper backgrounds
and a piece with 12 different
screenprints on 4 layers of
plexi. The lightboxes turned
out nice, they have a soft glow
that I really like. The copper
pieces are neat, because as
you move around them, the
shadows from the screenprints
change. The smaller piece has
a real 3-dimensional look and I
like the how the colors turned
out. One of the lightboxes will
be in the 30 Artists/30 Years
exhibit at Archival Framing in
In the Now
Lots of packing...
I spent a couple of weekends this month packing my
artwork for the show in AZ. I'm glad that part is over
because it was time consuming and a bit stressful. After
that, I managed to rework one of my copper pictures, at
left, with some additional plexiglass for color. I'm pretty
happy with the result. It has a natural glow without a
lightbox. The pic on the far left is a lightbox which received
a Juror's Award from the KVIE Art Auction. I'm pretty
excited about that, and I hope it does well in the auction.
Don't forget to watch the live auction starting Friday
Gallery J2 in Scottsdale
The show in Scottsdale was a great experience. Laila,
the gallery director and curator, did an amazing job of
hanging my pieces. It's a big gallery, taking up most of
the top floor of the building, so my pieces were well
spaced out and very well lit. It was nice to receive so
many great comments and feedback about my work, it
definitely boosted my confidence and made the
opening night less stressful!
Thanks to everyone at Gallery J2 and J. Levine Auction
for inviting me to show my work. I hope to exhibit
more work there in the future. I'd also like to thank
Will Green from Empty Attic in Sacramento for putting
me in contact with Gallery J2.
I'd like to give a special thanks to Adam Smith for
playing music in the gallery that night. He was a really
nice guy, has a great voice, and writes some amazing
The show will run until October 16th. You can check
out the pieces and Gallery J2's website here.
1st Place at the KVIE ART AUCTION !!!
I'm happy to announce I won 1st Place in the
Contemporary category at this year's auction with my
piece Tansition-Floater. The proceeds from the
auction will go directly to KVIE. It's been a good
month for my art and I'm looking forward to
November when I'll show new work at Archival
New Show! New Pieces!
I will be showing new pieces at Archival Gallery in November.
The opening reception will be Saturday Nov. 9th, from 6 to
9pm. It should be a fun night showing with Sacramento artist
John Stuart Berger. I will have new lightboxes as well as new
plexi pieces on display, such as the one to the left, which is
called Screaming Kisses and measures 20"x20"x2". It was made
with spray paint, screen prints, and two layers of plexi.
I'm trying something new this time out.... for two of my designs,
I will be showing the entire series of each. I think it will give
people a better understanding of how I can change the look and
feel of pieces within a series. I hope it's not boring! If so, at
least John's pieces will be there to liven things up.
I will have gallery pictures of the newest stuff soon.
Have a great Halloween and I hope to see you at the show.
Come out and celebrate another great Second Saturday!!!
As usual, feel free to contact me with any questions.
Second Saturday at Archival Gallery
I really enjoyed the show with John! He's a nice guy with some
incredible artwork. The gallery lights were dimmed on one side
of the room so my lightboxes could work their magic, and I
received a ton of great feedback from people who had never
I have to say, seeing them all hanging together and lit up was
pretty neat. They have a glowing quality that I really like, and I
hope to expand on that more in the future.
Thanks to everyone who came out and celebrated with us, and
special thanks to D and Tom at Archival for putting it all
Please come out to the December show at Archival for "Small
Le Trebuchet Royale...last piece of 2013
This piece is part of the Small Treasures exhibit at
Archival Framing this month. The show features smaller
works from a wide range of styles and mediums.
It's a bit of a departure for me compared to the light
boxes and multi layered plexi pieces I've been making. I
think it's a fun take on a great invention. I managed to
include some plexi at the bottom. It's a custom cut,
circular piece with screen prints that sits a few inches
above the aluminum back. I believe the block of wood,
which I found in my garage, is from an actual trebuchet.
Artistically, this has been an exciting year for me, I had
my first out of state show, as well as another successful
show at Archival. I made some progress with my work,
too. I introduced light behind some of the pieces and
the craftsmanship of my multi layered plexi pieces
I've already started work on a series of pictures that are
like nothing I've done before. They are part of a theme I
came up with that deals with characteristics and parts
of people, both emotional and physical, positive and
negative. There are things people can use to mask their
intentions and feelings, and these pictures will show
some of them as well as strip some away, giving us a
glimpse under their surface.
I have to say....these images came from one of the best
creative waves I've ever had. I'm excited to see how
they turn out!
So stay tuned for news, and if you have any questions,
please feel free to contact me!
HAPPY NEW YEAR!