UArt 2015 Online Pastel Competition

Abundance, 12 x 18, soft pastel on UArt sanded paper
Abundance, 12 x 18, soft pastel on UArt sanded paper

I got a call from Alain Boppart from UArt while I was traveling in Oregon.  He asked if I was sitting down. So I did. That still didn’t prepare me for the news that my painting “Abundance” had won first place in UArt’s 2015 Online Pastel Competition!

I am so pleased to be in this show with many artists whose work I have admired for years! And I am so SO honored to receive this recognition. Thank you UArt and juror Liz Haywood Sullivan!

I am also excited that in addition to a cash award, the prize includes some fabulous perks, like UArt paper in my favorite grade (400), a new Richeson easel (much needed), Terry Ludwig pastels, the new Richard McKinley book, etc.  Can’t wait to get back into the studio and do some more painting!

You can see all the winning paintings here online.

Paint on!

For Pastels Only Show, 2015

aftertherain-webI am pleased and honored to be included in the prestigious For Pastels Only, (FPO) Show on Cape Cod, sponsored by the Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod. The show will run from June 20th-July 12th at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod, 307 Old Main Street, South Yarmouth, MA. The opening is Saturday, June 20th from 6-8:30pm. If you are on the cape this summer, you should stop by. It’s a wonderful show featuring work from 100 panelists.

I am also excited about the particular painting that was chosen from the 3 I submitted to the show. “After the Rain” is a bit of a departure for me, as it is painted in pastels over an oil underpainting. I was inspired to try this after watching Michele Poirier Mozzone’s demonstration at the closing of FPO last year. Much of the oil underpainting is showing through, and I loved the way the loose strokes worked with the layered pigment. When I saw her demo, I had just returned from France, where I visited Monet’s water garden in Giverney. The resulting painting is on the cover of my site.

Last weekend I had the pleasure to take a workshop with Michele, and I can’t wait to do more painting using this technique.

Happy Painting!

Upcoming Shows, Spring and Summer 2015

I am honored to be one of 4 artists invited to exhibit at Kirkwood Printing in Wilmington, MA on May 7, 2015, 3-7pm. This event celebrates the opening of their beautiful new 35,000 square foot wing which includes a state-of-the art digital printing area. Kirkwood is an award-winning commercial printer, known world wide for their fine quality and craftsmanship. It should be an exciting and entertaining evening! For more information, or an invitation, contact marketing@kirkwoodus.com.

I am looking forward to a solo show at the Wotiz Gallery at the Milton Public Library, 476 Canton Ave, Milton, MA. I welcome the opportunity to return to the Wotiz gallery for the second time in 3 years. It’s a great space, in a wonderful library. The gallery is open May 8-31 2015 during regular library hours, and the Artist Reception will be held on May 14 from 6-8. All are welcome.

Finally, I am so excited and honored to announce that my painting “Abundance” has been juried into the International Society of Pastels 26th Annual Exhibition in Albuquerque New Mexico June 3-7, 2015. Having seen the last two IAPS exhibitions, I am sure it will be an amazing show, with artists from every region of this country and Internationally participating.

Abundance, 12 x 18, soft pastel on UArt sanded paper
Abundance, 12 x 18, soft pastel on UArt sanded paper

“Abundance” is one of a series of paintings based on observations at a small pond near my house. Covered in snow and ice in the winter, the pond comes alive in the spring as tadpoles and water plants begin to stir. By summer the pond is a teaming with life, a riot of greens and delicate white flowers. As the water level sinks, the edges of the leaves curl to cup the water, showing the dusky pink undersides of the leaves. In the fall yellows and oranges tinge the greens and the sun glints off the white grasses at the ponds edge.

Please send me an email if you’d like more information. I hope to see you at one of these events!

Happy Painting!