I am very excited to share that this painting has found a new home right here in Fleming Island. Thank you Dave & Betty!!
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This one below is still available for anyone who may be interested. 🙂
I had an absolute blast painting this!!
This commission is fini and delivered!
If anyone is interested in having a painting done just for you and your child,
please don’t hesitate to reach out to me. 🙂
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When you first wake up, roll over, and begin to check your messages before you have even lifted your body from the bed (yeah I know it is a horrible habit of mine)…. BUT…. when as an artist, you see the words “SOLD”, you wake up real quick!! LOL And then, well, ok at 45…you mentally start dancing until you have had a chance to R-O-L-L-L-L-L out of bed!! 😉 Anyhoo, one learns to have patience when creating any type of art. Sometimes you are fortunate enough to have one sell before the paint dries and then other times, it finds its “perfect” home three years later. And when you learn where it is going and find out that it is to a buyer that recently just purchased another painting of your’s- that is the most amazing feeling ever!! On cloud nine? Yes, I am!!!
I am so happy to share that this piece, “The Sea” has found its new home in Las Vegas!
For those who love the ocean…here are two paintings for sale with seahorses
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I recently entered into an abstract juried exhibition “Abstract X” hosted by Southlight Gallery this past week. Imagine my surprise when I learned that two of my pieces had been selected to be a part of this show (squeal)! It’s been awhile since I’ve been a part of a show; or even held a solo exhibition. I have been so busy painting away, working on this new series so that I have a ‘body of work’ to showcase, it’s left little room for anything else. There’s always some trepidation to paint your heart and then unveil for the world to see and comment on. You do wonder if there will be those it resonates with as it does you? I’ve learned from family and friends they are drawn to either one or the other series I paint- hardly ever both. And that’s okay. That is art! And the one’s I think are my weakest paintings, usually wind up being the one’s everyone loves. Go figure! Lol
For me the tree series allows me to explore my relationship with nature and my experiences in a much different manner than when I do the abstracts, for example. There’s a “peaceful” space that lies in the monotony of creating a thousand leaves. It’s like my “Into the Wild” a thousand mile journey of a woman finding herself and losing herself simultaneously via a paintbrush vs. the trek through the wilderness. And then you take a look at my new abstract series and you see a new outlook on life, a new twist, a variation of “me” and I am having a blast pushing and exploring techniques, and stumbling along this new path more than ever. In fact, I am batting/painting about a 50/50 success rate. But that’s okay too! My mom always reminds me of Babe Ruth in these types of situations. “Remember sweet girl, he may have had the most home runs; but he also led the league in most strike outs!” That is my license “to let go”. So much of the time we can live in “FEAR”, that we become paralyzed to venture out of our comfort zone. I guess really the delving into the abstract region has helped me in that respect. So I just do it! No overthinking (for the most part) and funny thing, it’s usually when I am in the middle of pushing pass the “I totally screwed it up” phase, that it begins to emerge and transform into what I didn’t plan and a much more successful painting than my original sketches or ideas.
This whole experience of “you never know until you try” gave me the courage to reach out and to enter into the exhibition. The night started out with my mommy showing up to pick me up with flowers in her hand to celebrate the night! Melting!! And my oldest, Lindsay, and a couple of her friends showed up for support! That seriously made my night! I had such an awesome time at this show. My mom did too! It was one of her favorites she has been to. It wasn’t because I happened to be in it. It was the vibe! There was just an easy going, laid back atmosphere and everyone we encountered, both the patrons, as well as, the other artists, we’re just fun and amazing! I love going to shows where there are so many different types of people underneath one roof. It allows me to relax and have fun. And I more times than not, leave feeling more inspired and ready to hit the studio again. I absolutely love being a part of a show where honest to God there’s so much damn talent it’s crazy. It challenges me to be better in every aspect of an artist. I’ll see a new line, a new technique I’ve never explored, a new color combo, it’s like being a kid in a candy store! As we walked around taking every artist’s work into our spirit, it made me feel alive and so grateful to be given a chance as an emerging artist to be a part of this experience. Blessed! When I met the gallery owner she was so warm and inviting and we embraced in a hug. I hug everyone! It’s just me! Lol When she told me that I received “honorable mention”, for both “To the Sea” and “Within the Light”, oh my God, I jumped! No really like a little kid. I jumped, squeaked and clapped! I look back now and giggle thinking of that first impression. However, that’s me- a goof ball still at 44! 😉 She told my mom and I to go check it out. So we high tailed around the corner to find one of my pieces, and my mother was grinning from ear-to-ear when she spotted it in the front room and screeched, “It’s in the window!” At that moment, I am not sure who was more excited, me or my mums? That made my night! To see my mom so proud of me, knowing of my ongoing trials and tribulations, all my hard work, long hours, and sacrifices, her constant support- I was recognized! I received an “honorable mention” on both of my pieces entered. Truth be told, that is just as much for every friend who buys and supports my art endeavors, for each of my family members who have sacrificed not seeing me as I live in my studio, and for their constant spiritual, moral and financial support! It’s for them too!
I would like to express my gratitude to Pam Zambetti, director of Southlight Gallery, for giving a new artist the opportunity to be a part of your gallery and a platform to be seen. For those who voted for me, “thank you, thank you, thank you!” For the other artists, “Thank you for the memories and the inspiration!” And for those who are on this journey with me, “Hell yeah! We did if!” Onward!
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I recently had a client reach out to me wanting to commission me to do a “beach scene”. I was relieved after some brief conversations to find out the only parameters I had to stay within were- it had to be a ‘triptych’ and the size! Uhhhh… Can you say “heck yeah?!” Lol. Seriously, EVERY artist loves to be given this kind of leeway when creating! With that being said, I wouldn’t be honest if I didn’t tell you that I was a little apprehensive to start it. Crazy, right? Well, if you take a look at the direction my art has taken me over the last year or two, you’ll understand why! 😉 Not to mention with “leeway” comes the burden of “interpretation” of such freedom given! One runs the risk of the client’s vision and your’s, not being in sync. I am happy to say he loved it! Whew! Now I can rest easy.
It was a nice break from the “trees” and the “abstract” series I’ve been working on and for that I am grateful!
And yes, for those who ask, I don’t just do “trees” and “abstract”. So if you are interested in commissioning a piece of art that fits your “style”, please don’t hesitate to ask. Hit me up!
I am hoping everyone has had a blessed day filled with awe and wonder, living in the moment, and some dancing too!
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