Being Yourself

In Her Skin (2)

Today I shipped one of my latest paintings, “In Her Skin”, off to RJD Gallery. The title is a reference to being comfortable in your own skin and the intent of this work was to send a message about being true to yourself. This is something I feel I’ve been struggling with artistically recently.  I have been wanting to try new things in the studio lately and do some experimenting but have chickened out several times. While my next painting will be different, “In Her Skin” is one of my new favorites. I will always look to this work to be reminded to be brave and just be myself.

“In Her Skin” will be included in RJD Gallery’s 2015 Women Painting Women show this fall. You are invited to RJD Gallery in Sag Harbor, NY to see it on display October 10 – November 8, 2015.

Principle Gallery, Charleston

The following work is available now through Principle Gallery, Charleston. Please direct any inquiries to the gallery by emailing art@principlecharleston.com or calling 843-727-4500.

Thank you!

Tossed and Turned, 30×36″, Oil on Canvas

Sun Kissed 32×36, oil on canvas

Clarity 48×48, oil on canvas

Gratitude 24×28, Oil on Canvas

Summer On My Mind

Limitless

Surface

As I write this, my outdoor thermometer hovers way below freezing. Despite this chilling fact, I really do like winter. It’s a beautiful season, just a little too gray and white for a painter who loves color. Luckily I planned ahead and am still able to enjoy the season that I think is the most fun to paint! Here are two of my newest works drying in the studio and waiting to be framed. “Limitless” (top) and “Surface”

Summer

IMG_6586I always get nervous when school gets out for the summer. For some reason I worry that I won’t get into my studio to work as much as I’d like. This year has been different. My boys are willing subjects for a new series of paintings and we’ve been having a lot of fun exploring the woods, enjoying the sunshine, and the freedom of lazy summer days. They have inspired enough reference photos and sketches for a lifetime’s worth of paintings. They are the most fun and creative studio assistants an artist mom could hope for!

Celebrating Spring!

The Gift, 32x48", Oil on Canvas

I celebrated a birthday over the weekend and was thinking about this painting, “The Gift”.  This time of year is perfect for a little celebrating.  It marks the beginning of spring, and the color seems to creep back into the world and back into my paintings.  I feel renewed, re-energized, and most importantly happy!

Self-Portraits

Pause, 36x28", Oil on Canvas

I’ve been asked many times why I paint self-portraits.  The truth is that it kind of happened on its own.  I’ve always loved figurative drawing and painting and when I found myself home alone with a new baby I used myself as a model out of convenience.  I was sneaking in my painting time at odd and inconsistent hours, early in the morning or late at night.  As I worked, I found that my goal was less about recreating exactly what I looked like and more a record of an emotion or situation.  Now that I’ve been working this way for ten years I can see a timeline of my life and my development as an artist.  It’s been suggested to me that maybe I use a different model, but to me that would feel insincere.  Through painting, I am telling my story and I can only honestly paint my experience.  In fifty years I’ll be able to look back through my work and watch my life develop and my wings unfold.

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