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Informed Collector!

Finalist winner in Fine Art Views September 2009 competition

I am so thrilled to have been featured this past week in Informed Collector, an on-line newsletter highlighting artists for discerning art collectors. I have been reading this on-line newsletter myself since it began a few years ago. I've so enjoyed reading about the highlighted artists and seeing their beautiful work. It was amazing to see my name featured in the subject line this week! Wow! As a result of "Polonaise" being selected as a Finalist in the September competition (12 winners out of 560 or so entries) of Fine Art Views, I received this wonderful opportunity to be featured in Informed Collector.

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Cake and Punch

I received an invitation to have my paintings considered for a cookbook. That got my creative wheels spinning and I began to imagine how luscious a chocolate cake would look next to a rich arrangement of roses. I finally had to put myself out of my misery and paint it!

There was only one way to do it: bake my favorite Hersey's chocolate cake, frost it with rich fudge frosting, find some delicious looking roses and begin...begin arranging...and arranging..and arranging. The rich, chocolatety aroma of this delectable cake was almost overwhelming as I added and subtracted, moved and replaced elements until the composition was just right.

Painting from life to capture the nuances of the frosting and fudgy cake, not to mention the beautiful nuances of shadowed rose petals, was essential.

Many hours and layers of pastel dust later, the still life was finished. I was sorely tempted to scrape off the dry dusty surface of the cake and dig in! But instead, into the garbage the cake went.

You're sense of geometry might suggest that there is a piece or two missing....and yes, you're right...very necessary for creating a great composition and a beautiful shadow shape in the wedge of course!

The buyer of this painting will also receive a fresh, home-baked chocolate cake, delivered in the southern California area! Punch included!

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Windows to the Divine Exhibition

I was asked by a collector this summer if I entered many high profile juried shows put on by art organizations. My answer was that I have been able to do this less and less as my exposure to the community of buyers has increased and thus, has reduced my available inventory! This is a happy problem indeed.  However, it means that I have had to forgo adding potential accolades and opportunities to my resume, one of which was a museum invitational "Windows to the Divine" exhibition, happening now at the Madden Museum of Art in Greenwood Village, Colorado.

This exhibition, showcasing spiritual art, is guest-curated by the Colorado Dominican Vocation Foundation ( and is the sixth Fra Angelico Celebration of Art & Spirituality, designed to celebrate the Spirit in the visual arts and legacy of Fra Angelico, a famous painter of the Renaissance and a member of the Dominican Order in the 15th century.

The mission of the exhibition is to honor the special calling of artists. Many spiritual paths are represented, including artists from the Buddhist, Christian, Jewish and Native American traditions. The exhibition is being co-sponsored by Southwest Art Magazine, Abend Gallery, 1261 Gallery, and Saks Galleries.

The Exhibition is the most comprehensive juried exhibit of spiritual art in the country. It features more than 100 original works of art by emerging and known local, regional and national artists such as Kathy Anderson, Kim English, Scott Fraser, Tammy Garcia, Albert Handell, Ron Hicks, William Hook, Quang Ho, Ramon Kelley, Lynn Kircher, Ray Knaub, Emilio Lobato, Karol Mack, Kim Mackey, Andi Mascarenas, Ben McPherson, Laura Merage, Ron Richmond, Don Sahli, Daniel Sprick, Nancy Switzer, Karen Vance, and Kevin Weckbaugh. The content of the juried show is not confined to explicitly religious or sacred subjects, but also includes landscapes, still life, figurative, contemporary and traditional ethnographic.

For this particular show, I wasn't interested in accolades. I so support the Colorado Dominican Vocation Foundation and their purpose in organizing this exhibition. To be part of it at all, as an artist participating, in some small way, in revealing those Windows to the Divine would have been a great honor indeed. 

I will be setting aside some special paintings for this exhibition with the hopes that I will be invited next year. In the meantime, I wish all participating artists and lucky viewers and collectors a wonderful show. God Bless You!

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Humming Song

I just finished this painting as a potential piece for a collector. I love the combination of blue and white and when I saw this pot at Laguna Nursery, I had to have it. It is sure to figure in several future still lifes. The tattered sheet music is from days of old playing the flute. When I turned to the page with Shumann's Humming Song at the bottom, I knew it was the page for my composition and I knew I had found my title.

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