It’s probably pretty clear by now that I thoroughly enjoy creating with Scratchbords® by Ampersand. They enable me to scratch out details with my X-ACTO that I simply cannot create with any other medium. While I am drawn to everything hiding within nature, I also love to explore of how lines develop into abstract shapes, textures and patterns. Pushing the boundaries of this medium keeps things fresh, especially since I am co surprised with where each piece will lead me and the you, the viewer.
When a collector contacted me to create several new pieces to reach across a section of their wall, it challenged me to come up with something unlike anything I’d created before. Knowing that the art was going to a bit higher up the wall, I got to wondering if I could push this medium to be 3 dimensional- easily viewed from every angle. The outcome is a series of boxes in varying sizes that protrude from the wall, each featuring a different element from their extensive gardens. They were gracious enough to let me wander their 7+ acres, gathering inspiration every step of the way. This is the first of ten, stay tuned!
Excited for my upcoming 2 person exhibition, MYSTIFIED, at Vivid Art Gallery on Friday, Oct. 5th, 5-8 pm
Thank you Tommy Reyes of Gallery 19 for inviting me to exhibit my art with these incredible artists.
Here is a sample of some of my art that will be on display from September 21- November 2, 2018.
Mary Ellen and I had met during a previous exhibition at Water Street Studios. She admired my art and we talked about my path and her new adventure serving people with medical challenges and incorporating art into their curriculum. I offered to help out when her dream comes to fruition.
Mary Ellen and her husband attended my current exhibition with Photographer, Dave Wensel, Inspired Response. They came up to me to say that they wanted to purchase, Moving On. I was really touched, this piece incorporates so many passages from my life and now it is going to be a part of theirs.
I know my fellow artists can attest to this fact, there is something so special about seeing your art go to someone you genuinely admire.
Thank you Water Street Studios for making it possible for us to meet.
I am so pleased to be a part of the 24th Evanston Evanston + Vicinity Biennial juried by Sergio Gomez, Curator and Director of Exhibitions at Zhou B Art Center, Chicago, Aron Packer, Owner and Director of Aron Packer Projects, Chicago and Therese Quinn, Associate Professor of Art History & Director of Museum and Exhibition Studies at the University of Illinois, Chicago.
It is one of the Midwest's largest juried exhibitions, drawing gallerists, curators, collectors and art lovers alike.
The opening reception if on Friday, August 31st from 6:00 - 8:00 pm and the exhibition runs from August 31st to September 30, 2018.
Across The Board has been been running around inside of my head for some time...I finally made it happen. One of the key aspects about my art is the amount of movement I can develop through line. I began this piece by deciding that it would be a total of eight feet wide. (This is the first of two sections, the other one is still in the works.)
My goal is to create an intimate conversation with the viewer so I try not to work too large. I designed this hanging 'sculpture' to glide in and out from the wall. It reaches 21" high by 96" wide, allowing the viewer to take their time as they engage with each individual piece. The content is filled with images from nature along with abstract shapes. Each panel was created by drawing with an X-ACTO knife into boards made of India Ink and clay. The magic happens when I drag my knife through the layers, slowly but surely patterns begin to emerge. Values are achieved by varying the pressure with my tool, and textures by painting with acrylic artist color. I hope that you see something new in Across The Board every time you view it.
Thank you Bruce Starrenburg Photography, www.bstarrenburg.com, for doing a beautiful job of capturing my art. And thank you, Gemini Builds It, www.geminibuildsit.com, for your constant attention to building the structure that supports Across The Board.
I had decided not to sell this piece because I was rather in love with it. But gallery owner Cynthia Burr of Vivid Art Gallery in Winnetka, IL said that a collector had been thinking about Larger Than Life Orchid for over a year and would love to purchase it.
It is now hanging in the perfect spot in their home.
I am so pleased to be selected by juror, Gallerist Aron Packer, for the upcoming Rockford Midwestern Biennial 2018.
Is Spontaneous Combustion Real? captures both natural and abstract elements as they wind their way across the page. Etching with an X-ACTO knife into boards covered in clay and India ink, I never know how my art is going to evolve until the end. How do I know when it is done? If there is enough push and pull between the lines, if there is a place to draw in someone's eye and then another that allows the eye to breathe, if all of the elements talk to each other; then I am done. Editing, knowing when not to add something, is equally as important developing the lines. Subtle textures are created by painting with black inks and paints at the end of the process. (Size: 16.5" x 19.5")
Looking forward to having my art at Rockford Art Museum from June 8th to September 30th, 2018.
I am on my way to creating a large installation piece, 21" high by 96" wide that hangs from the wall and forms an accordion like shape. The idea is to continue the idea of movement that exists within each piece and have the viewer experience it on another level as it undulates across the gallery. Here are a few more pieces that will be part of the installation.
I had no idea that I'd received a Special Recognition Award for my piece, Uprooted 2,through the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition BLACK & WHITE show. But there it was, just waiting for me along with a check in my mailbox. Thank you Alison Hokanson, Assistant Curator, Metropolitan Museum of Art! I am truly honored!
October 27th - 29th at Fulton Street Collective Gallery, 1821 West Hubbard, Chicago, IL 60622
My art is one of many pieces that are going to be on display at Fulton Street Collective Gallery from October 27th - 29th. I thought I would give you the info on how you can purchase this piece or any of the others online.
Online sales are available from October 20th through October 26th along with October 30th through November 3rd. Other terms and conditions apply. Please visit the Art In Common Cause website for more details, ArtInCommonCause.org
I have the pleasure of showing my art at Northwestern University's Dittmar Gallery located in Evanston, IL, USA. The space is located within the Norris University Center which is bustling with activity at all hours of the day. Enter the gallery and you are surrounded by peace and tranquility. I hope that you can join me some time to experience Storylines for yourself. The gallery is open from 10 am to 10 pm every day and is located at 1999 Campus Drive in Northwestern University's Evanston Campus. The opening reception is scheduled for Friday, November 3rd from 4-6pm.
Artist and friend, James Deeb, came up with a brilliant solution to the frustration a lot of us are feeling about the present state of our nation. He answered the question, how can artists spread kindness amongst the chaos? James organized an exhibition that gives artists a platform to make a difference through their art. I donated Is Spontaneous Combustion Real? to the upcoming 'Unpresidented' Art Auction in Chicago on Friday, October 27th, 2017. 100% of the proceeds go to Heartland Alliance. They make a huge difference in the lives of refugees and the LGBTQ community.
Just a little background about Is Spontaneous Combustion Real? I created my own rendition of a 'Wall' on the bottom of this piece. On the left side there are rain drops running into a raging flood depicted in the undulating shapes of the half dried up leaf. The tree like structure on the top left side represents the roots of hate that have taken hold, as a snake like shape winds it's way through everything. Knowing that we always need to find a balance, I incorporated elements of beauty throughout.
It is an incredible honor to exhibit my art in the Union League Club of Chicago's third floor gallery. Being surrounded by so many people that I care deeply about made it an even more amazing experience! A big THANK YOU goes out to Susan Aurinko, Sally Metzler, Gerould Kern and the entire ULCC Art Committee for making this happen.
The Union League Club of Chicago not only supports cultural institutions, it has developed its own cultural significance. The Club supported the establishment of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Field Museum, the Harold Washington Library and many other local cultural destinations. Its commitment to culture is further evident through its art collection, its cuisine and its programming. One of Chicago's oldest and most important private collections, the Club's museum-quality art collection is the reason the Chicago Tribune named it “The Other Art Institute in Chicago.”
There are nearly 800 works in the Club's collection which represent more than 150 years of art making in America. The collection features a range of art movements, styles, and subjects, from traditional to contemporary art, and it includes paintings, sculptures, drawings, watercolors, prints, photographs, and decorative arts. The art collection is one of the oldest and most important private collections of American art in the Midwest, and it has one of the best collections of Illinois art.
ULCC offers group tours led by Union League Club Docents. They are available by advance reservation, group tours minimum charge is $250 for the first 25 guests, after that the cost is $15 for each additional person. (312-435-5942) or firstname.lastname@example.org
Interested in learning about becoming a member? Visit their website: https://www.ulcc.org/about/membership
Here is a list of some of Honorary Members of ULCC through the years.
2006 - SANDRA DAY O'CONNOR
2001 - ELIZABETH DOLE
2000 - GEORGE H.W. BUSH
1980 - GERALD R. FORD
1977 - JOHN PAUL STEVENS
1966 - EVERETT MCKINLEY DIRKSEN
1952 - ROBERT A. TAFT
1948 - FRANKLYN BLISS SNYDER
1946 - GEN. DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER
GEN. DOUGLAS MACARTHUR
1940 - GEORGE T. BUCKINGHAM
WILLIAM P. SIDLEY
1928 - GEN. JOHN J. PERSHING
1927 - CHARLES G. DAWES
1926 - CALVIN COOLIDGE
1923 - HERBERT C. HOOVER
1916 - A. B. CUMMINS
1910 - WILLIAM J. CALHOUN
1909 - WILLIAM H. TAFT
1907 - GROVER CLEVELAND
1904 - THOMAS B. BRYAN
1901 - THEODORE ROOSEVELT
1892 - W. C. P. BRECKENRIDGE
1897 - HENRY B. BROWN
1889 - LEVI P. MORTON
1888 - GEN. GEORGE CROOK
1884 - LT. GEN. JOHN M. SCHOFIELD
1881 - CHESTER A. ARTHUR
1880 - THOMAS DRUMMOND
JAMES A. GARFIELD
ULYSSES S. GRANT
LT. GEN. PHILIP H. SHERIDAN
1890 - MAJ. GEN. NELSON A. MILES
Thank you! Lisa.
I finished this piece just in time. It is one of eighteen works of art that will be on display at the Union League Club of Chicago during the month of September.
Unfolding measures 36.5" x 15.5" and presented some challenges, as does every creation. I knew that I wanted to add color, but how much color and where? I knew that I wanted to leave some images unfinished to show the process and also wanted to embellish the background.
Every Artist understands the degree of problem solving that occurs when facing a work of art. Since I don't really plan what is going to happen, I am always surprised by the end product. It is a leap of faith and making mistakes is always part of my process. I love making mistakes because they lead me down a path I would never have considered.
Here are a few details of Unfolding, you can see some of my decisions, like making one single flower a deeper black than the others, and choosing to paint the flowers a different color than they actually were, allowing their forms to make a stronger statement.
I hope that you can join us at the opening at the Union League Club's Third Floor Gallery on Thursday, September 7th from 5:30 - 7:00 pm.
I just learned that out of 1163 submissions, Uprooted 2 was one of 110 pieces chosen by juror Alison Hokanson for the Black & White Exhibition: Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition, NY.
Ms. Hokanson is Assistant Curator for Nineteenth-Century European Painting at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and holds a BA from Brown University and an MA and PhD from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, where she studied Minimalism before writing her dissertation on Belgian Realism and Symbolism. Her recent projects include exhibitions on the whaling scenes of Joseph Mallord, William Turner, and on The Met's collection of Pre-Raphaelite art and design.
Keys Trees, above, is a compilation of different trees that I came across during my artist residency with The Studios of Key West. There was so much to take in, like Sea Whips in the ocean swaying back and forth in the waves, (they appear in the background black on black) and so many others, all filled with textures and patterns that practically begged me to draw them!
I am constantly fascinated by leaves eaten away by insects and time. They evolve from solid shapes into lace like forms, so delicate to the touch that they require special handling while bringing them to life on the page. This piece, Almost There, captures the passage of what was into what is. Completing the bottom leaf meant that the base of the art has weight allowing the top leaves to float above. The textured surface of the background adds contrast to the smooth ink and fine lines.
I was given this marvelous opportunity to spend a month down in Key West, Florida, USA. Before too much time elapses, I wanted to share some of my favorite experiences with you.
Not having any real idea of what to expect, I ventured down to the Keys on March 16th. I had heard a lot about Duval Street and all of its craziness so I was anxious to check it out, and what better day than March 17th, St. Patrick's Day? To say it was lively and alcohol induced would be an understatement, however I later learned that it wasn't exclusive to St. Patrick's Day. Bars lined the street from one end of the Island to the other, interspersed with good food, galleries and crazy crowds. Needless to say, the people watching was amazing, especially towards Mallory Square where the cruise ships dock. Every night they'd gather around to watch a variety of street performers swallow fire, play music, paint and generally entertain the public. It is a terrific place to watch the sunset with hundreds of your closest friends!
I loved that all I had to do was walk ten minutes away and I was in this peaceful oasis that I called home. The flowers and trees were in bloom and I was constantly bombarded by scents from all of the blossoms on the trees. My backyard was covered in flora making it the perfect destination for quiet respite. It was where I started my day with a cup of coffee surrounded by new friends and where I ended it talking about how we spent another day in paradise.
When I wasn't out getting inspired by all of the beauty, I was spending quality time within my studio. It was a fabulous space filled with good light and plenty of room to work on multiple pieces at one time. Admittedly, it was a little rough to be indoors when the beach and all of the interesting places were calling me, but I really needed to create art for some commissions I'd gotten right before I left town.
One of my favorite people that I met down in Key West was my friend, Bree Ann. She was a walking encyclopedia of all things Keys and taught me a lot about all of the plant and animal life native (and not so native) species to that area. Bree spent every afternoon at the ocean collecting subjects for both her art, and mine. She is a wonderful artist and enjoys taking found objects and introducing them into her art. Bree Ann sent me home with a large box filled with goodies, it will continue to inspire me for years to come!
Part of being an Artist in Residence meant being invited to all sorts of wonderful events. The Studios of Key West housed three galleries within their space, in my estimation it is the best option for viewing quality art on the Island.
The Studios of Key West also has a theatre on the second floor where talented musicians and artists of all kinds perform. I was able to witness some powerful musical performances by Seth Glier and Catie Curtis, both new favorites of mine! Not only were they talented, they were also so darn sweet! Catie stayed in the upper level of my home with her tour manager Christa and I have to say, we had some pretty deep, meaningful conversations during the short time that they graced 'my' home. The night before I left I was able to watch/listen to a magical show, Key West Reverie, that took place at the Key West Garden Club at Fort West Martello Tower on the ocean. Directed by Wendy Taucher, it included guest artists from every discipline; musicians, dancers, singers and poets, it was amazing! Stan Spinola, who played the French Horn beautifully, also stayed with me for a few days. He was so much fun to be around! I wish that he lived next door so that we could catch up every morning. Stan plays the horn for the Miami City Ballet, the Philharmonic Symphonia in Boca Raton and in Austria during his summers. It was such a treat drawing in my studio and listening to Stan practicing upstairs on his horn.
I would be remiss if I didn't mention the person that made it all possible for me to come down, Erin Stover Sickmen. Thank you Erin! And of course, my partner in crime, fellow artist in residence, Michele Van Maurik from Toronto, Canada. Michele was given the house next door and was filled with the same wonder. We would take two steps and say, oh wow, grab our phones and shoot a flower or a gecko that just passed our path. There was a cemetery down the block from us and we'd walk or ride our bikes and watch the iguanas slink around, popping their heads out of tombs and sneaking back in again. All of the graves are above ground due to sea level and the iguanas have made them their homes. They are prehistoric looking and so unlike anything you'd come across on a city street in Chicago.
We ate well, our favorite was 'bien', on Eaton and Frances, right nearby our place. People would wait in a long line just to get some of their Cuban/Caribbean food. We overheard one person saying that it would be their last meal, I sort of agree!
There was a cast of characters that I met along the way, each one of them touched my heart. Craig Berube-Gray, a former Artist in Residence who moved down to the Keys with his family after his residency. He sculpts these large installations from every day life, like huge popsicles, etc. And Tory, our neighbor on one side, and all of the wonderful young men who lived in the house next door along with their little puppy Ruka, (who I am told is not little anymore) and their beautiful cat, Burt Reynolds. Helen Harrison, a fabulous sculptress who lived/worked nearby, creating these stunning pieces all inspired by nature. And last but definitely not least, my friend, Gretchen Mills. Gretchen took my workshop offered by The Studios of Key West. She is a fabulous artist, (was a Marine Biologist at one time) and owns a Yoga Studio in Key West. From the minute that we met you could just tell that we were going to be fast friends. Gretchen is busy teaching her own workshop in India right now for a group of her yoga students.
I am home now, plugging away on a 20" x 20" Black Scratchboard, Keys Trees. It incorporates a few of the different trees that grow throughout Key West. Here is the inspiration and my work in progress.
I sincerely hope that all of you get the chance to visit this magical place.