When I asked Jeffrey Keith, my friend, mentor and former professor, if I could interview him for my “Artists I Know” series, he acquiesced, on the condition that I keep my boring interview questions to myself. Instead, he had a special request: Write the story of that time we had dinner with the reknowned artist … More Artists I Know: Jeffrey Keith (and our dinner with Robert Ryman)
Talking with Denver-based abstract artist Tonia Bonnell about clouds, one can begin to look at them differently. Clouds have long fascinated Bonnell, who noticed during her undergrad years studying printmaking at Illinois State University that from the ground a cloud looks solid, but from an airplane, its makeup of millions of tiny water droplets is … More Artists I Know: Tonia Bonnell
Peter Illig is an artist I have known for years, whose work has long intrigued me. His black and white paintings and drawings depict people and objects reminiscent of 1950’s America, with figures in off-putting situations or juxtaposed with metaphorical imagery. Expertly rendered in oil paint and charcoal, his work feels like film noir combined … More Artists I Know: Peter Illig
I just returned from the opening reception of the show I co-curated with my good friend, the artist Ellen Levine Dodd, at the Village Theatre Art Gallery in Danville, CA. The exhibition features five abstract artists exploring color and emotion in their work, and includes paintings by Elise Morris, Ellen Levine Dodd, Karen Olsen-Dunn, Sharon … More Color Play: Color, Emotion, Possibility
It dawned on me recently: I know a lot of artists. And many are pretty awesome, talented people. Their work needs to be out there in the world, especially now. In order to illuminate the world of art for those not in it, I am going to regularly post interviews and conversations with these amazing … More Artists I Know: Elise Morris
Parenting is no joke. I know a lot of people liken it to a really hard job, but I don’t see it that way. Parenting is more like a spiritual practice for me. The fortitude, patience and faith it requires are more akin to one seeking enlightenment than a job you go to every day. … More In which I veer off topic and talk about parenting.
One of the most common questions I am asked as an artist is how long it takes to complete a painting. This question does not surprise me. The process of making art is foreign to many. And abstract art, despite existing in the cultural lexicon since at least the late 19th century, remains mysterious in … More Every painting is a journey.