Monday, May 28, 2007

Seanna & Kit

Finished it today.

Studio Space

I'll be subleasing studio space in the Torpedo Factory this summer. My work will be in studio 9 from June 1 to July 29, and I'll be working Thursdays, Fridays, and one day each weekend. Feel free to drop by to talk or to see more of my work.

Monday, May 21, 2007

NSAL 2007 National Career Award Competition (2)

I just got back from Arizona, and I'm pleased to announce that my Portrait of Tess won First Place in the National Society of Arts and Letters' National Career Award Competition.

The contestants were Carrie Tompkins, Birmingham Chapter; Maureen Forman, Bloomington Chapter; Vanessa Monot, Boca Raton Chapter; Ryan Rocha, Central Illinois Chapter; Erin Saladino, Clearwater-Tampa Bay Chapter; Alfred Perez, El Paso Chapter; Tawni Shuler, Greater Arizona Chapter; Morgan Canavan, Greater Chicago Chapter; Danielle Trejo, Evanston Chapter; Will Anderson, Kansas City Chapter; Gerren Dugger, Kentucky Chapter; Amber Carraway, Little Rock Chapter; Adrian Lyjak, Mid-Michigan Chapter; Mattias Lanas, New Jersey Chapter; Kelsey Berkley, North Florida Chapter; Mark Bush, Ohio River Valley Chapter; Thommy Controy, Pittsburgh Chapter; Timothy Rusterholz, Virginia-North Carolina Chapter; and myself.

Alfred Perez received fifth prize, Tawni Shuler received fourth; Will Anderson received third; and Mark Bush received second.

This year's competition in water media was judged by M. Stephen Doherty, Editor-in-Chief of American Artist magazine; artists Robert and Louise McCall; and Dr. Mel Yoakum, Director of the F. Gilot Archives. At the award banquet, Robert McCall was presented with the 2007 National Gold Medallion for his lifetime achievements. Mr. McCall is well known for his 6 story tall mural in the National Air and Space Museum, among many other career highlights.

On Friday, the other contestants and I were privileged to take part in a Master Class taught by Robert McCall and his wife, Louise McCall, who is known for her own vibrant work as well as her collaborative work with her husband. We watched a demonstration and received critiques and encouragement from the McCalls as we worked.

I sketched Mr. McCall as he worked, and he autographed the drawing.

An exhibition of the finalists' work is currently on display in the City Hall Gallery in Tempe, Arizona. The show will be traveling across the country over the coming months.

Monday, May 14, 2007

NSAL 2007 National Career Award Competition

The National Society of Arts and Letters' 2007 National Career Award Competition is taking place this weekend. An exhibition featuring the work of the finalists will be on display from May 14 to June 8 in the City Hall Gallery in Tempe, Arizona.

Sunday, May 06, 2007

Seanna and Kit

Got a little bit more work done on it today. I'm having so much fun painting this one - I love the contrast between the sisters, especially between the red and the blue.

Saturday, May 05, 2007

Seanna and Kit

15" x 15.75"

I just started this one this morning. Not much work done on it yet, but it's coming along. I'll probably have a new photo of it to post tomorrow evening, too.