Sunday, January 18, 2015

2014 REVIEW part 3

In fall of 2014 I had the chance to show my largest work to date.  My circle paintings.  Two were included in the show Greater Than The Sum of Its Parts at Lasell College in Newton.  This exhibit featured the talented artists of our coaching group:  Adria Arch, Brenda Cirioni, Jodi Colella, Merill Comeau, Margot Stage, Ilana Manolson,  Catherine Evans, Kathleen Volp, and Jeanne Williamson.

The idea for this circle series was inspired by my time as a artist-in residence at Vermont Studio Center in November of 2012.  The paintings measure roughly 82" x 82" and are acrylic on canvas.  They reflect a daily ritual and take a long time to complete.  I have completed 6 of these circle paintings to date with one still in progress at the studio.

After hearing Cutie and the Boxer talk at the MFA last spring I have become a cartoonist.  This new series of 23 cartoons (so far) is for a dear friend and private collector.   Introducing Pajama Boy!  I get inspired daily with tales to tell of his many adventures.

One event that marked 2014 was losing a mentor and friend Jon Imber after he fought a heroic battle with ALS.  A movie about his art and life was released this year titled Imber's Left Hand part of the Maine Master's Project and directed by Richard Kane.  His words, art and personality live on in this moving masterpiece. A must see film! You can watch a 5 minute video here.

So 2014 started out with an amazing 3-week trip to India and ended with a delightful painting sale to a high school classmate via Facebook.  2014 presented challenges and some art experiences never to repeat again, but these make great stories now.  As the months flowed I had the chance to work with, paint with and be inspired by so many artists.  2015 is starting out with time in the studio - daily.  I am so grateful for all these gifts.  

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