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“Best in Show”, Wimberley Valley Art League July 2017 Gallery Show

I was very pleased to have three of my pieces (seen below) juried into the July 2017 Gallery Show of the Wimberley Valley Art League. Even better and much appreciated, “Light Sleeper” was honored as “Best in Show”. The juror was Philip Rogers, the Director/Curator of 701 Gallery at the Long Center in Austin, TX. Many thanks! My other two pieces are entitled “Westvleteren” and “Seeking Peace” – all can be seen on my website. All of the artwork on display is terrific.The exhibit will run through 12 September at the Wimberley Community...

Juror’s Statement, Mona J. Marshall

Wimberley Valley Art League (Exhibition Feb. 2017) Every juror has biases.  I am aware that I look for work that raises questions, that surprises me, or that makes me feel that the artist has pushed into unknown territory in terms of the medium or the form.  The work in this show ranges far and wide in media, content, style and level of accomplishment.  While it makes the show a bit unwieldy to judge and organize, it also yields unexpected correspondences and contrasts. To name a few:  The accomplished composition of Taylor Dueker, solidly in the modernist camp, is easy to imagine next to the mid century objects and tools of obscure origin, repurposed to become quirky machines made by James Miller. Some work seemed to address the larger environment or world, beyond the normal conventions of traditional landscape, such as the fantastic little painting of chaos called “Aftermath” by Norma Green, the man made pool confining a burst of too blue water by Winifred Simon, and the tornado of letters, “Prayers for Peace”, by Elizabeth Dotterer. Of the work which begins with more formal concerns, I enjoyed the way Curtis Scott played with our perception of what is on the surface and what is behind, as well as the wonderful use of negative space in the sculpture by Ross Bragg.  The ambiguous space in “Make for Shore” by Susan Metcalfe made me look again. To mention a few others:  Of the artists who’s subject is drawn from their own life, there is a sense of order if not serenity in the painting of a garden by Mikiko Kudo, and...

Celebrate Texas Art 2017 – Assistance League of Houston

  The opening reception for ‘Celebrate Texas Art 2017’ was a delightful experience. My piece “Treasure Hunt” is shown here as it is currently hangs in the Williams Tower Gallery (Sally Sprout, Curator) in Houston near the Galleria. If you are in town, please stop by to see all 60 pieces on display. It runs through 24 February 2017. The Juror for the event is Jose Esparza Chong Cuy, the Pamela Alper Associate Curator at the Museum of Modern Art in Chicago. Thanks to the Assistance League of Houston, and Co-Chairs Jaci Day and Georgana McNeil, as well as Sally Sprout, Curator for the Williams Tower...

Review of “Look Into My Eyes”

I very much appreciate and want to share this review and comment to my most recent piece, “Look Into My Eyes”. “Very provocative. Very different feel from most of your work. It’s dark and unsettling. The colors, blood and rust and fire, with that ghostly-looking wailing floating face  on the right, seem ominous. But with the bits of white and blue and that series of misty doorways receding off-center I’m not sure whether it leads off to hope or to lostness. It definitely tells a story. That’s one thing I absolutely LOVE about your paintings, is they churn up the imagination so much. You can look at them and find stories there, or be brought into processing some of your own thoughts. Your art is interactive. There’s more I love about your work, but I think that is probably the coolest thing to me. And the names your give your pieces are often excellent springboards to help the viewer engage.” …an additional comment to share: “I just saw your Facebook post about a comment on your recent piece, “Look Into My Eyes”. Great observations, so I had to look for myself, and it’s so good! After looking at it for a while I realized that at first I was drawn to look at all of the unsettling blocky bold dark objects around the perimeter and then I noticed that I was literally trying to peer past them and past the drippy sort of screen into the lighter center beyond where it’s pleasant but dim, off in the distance. It made me think of looking toward eternity, not focusing on...

Book Graphics

An opportunity came my way via my author and great friend, Rick Conti. He asked me to design the cover and graphics for his recently published novel, “A Slippery Land”, now available on Amazon. It was a great experience. The book is a MUST READ, and it would make a great movie!...