The Sound of Thunder

 

Some pieces are just extra special. This piece felt like opening a new door to a new place. A place exciting and ominous, like when there is a storm coming and you can feel the energy in the air right before the thunder roars. This was also my first time painting a buffalo. They seem very mysterious and spiritual to me. Like little hints of an old legend that has been forgotten. I can’t seem to stop drawing and painting them now.

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Eye of the Storm // This little lady and her fawns are catching stars. Mixed Media, handmade & painted papers and vintage constellation maps

 

Ursa Major III // Inspired by the Ursa Major constellation. Mixed Media using hand painted papers and vintage constellation maps

Beautiful Historic Main Street in Park City, I love driving out here to drop work off at the Gallery.

Off to the Gallery

I have been painting up a storm in my studio and am ready to take some new work out to Silver Queen Gallery in Park City. Its always hard to say goodbye.

Its funny how the subjects and energy in my pieces can change but always still feel like part of the same family. The colors, animals and energy is very affected by the things I’m experiencing at the time. The books I read and music I listen to can impact my work immensely. For example, I just finished the (Pulitzer Prize -winning) epic novel Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry. It’s the only novel I’ve read in the Western genre but I really connected to it, its beautiful and terrible. It’s just under 900 pages so it took me a few months to get through, but wow it haunted me for ages afterwards. Images of buffalo, and the shadows of the people that came before me, the harshness, grit, simplicity, and resilience of the human spirit… all that energy has found it’s way into my work. As seen through my strange eyes and and heart of course.

 

Now Showing in The Silver Queen Fine Art Gallery




 

Between the beautiful mountains and ski resorts, the world renowned Sundance Film Festival, and historic Main Street with its array of Art Galleries, Park City is easily one of my favorite cities on the planet. I was lucky enough to grow up snowboarding in those mountains and was able to enjoy all that the city has to offer as I live an hour away. I have always dreamed of having my artwork in one of the distinguished galleries. I am so excited to say that I will now be showing my artwork at the Silver Queen Gallery! The gallery in on historic Main street and run by lovely people. I can’t wait to get started.

 


 

Head in the Clouds Series


Well it’s time to say goodbye to 2 more of my “Head in the Clouds” series. There are on their way to the Artspace Warehouse in Los Angeles. Dream Chaser & Waning Moon – Goodbye babies!

Dream Chaser // Acrylic and Mixed Media on Wood

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Waning Moon // Acrylic and Mixed Media on Wood

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Eye of the Storm // Acrylic, Mixed Media and Vellum on Wood

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Candy Sky // Acrylic and Mixed Media on Wood

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Head in the Clouds Process

I have been working on a new body of work called “Head in the Clouds”.  Now.. weird thing.. I have heard it is common for other women to paint differently when they are pregnant. I definitely have experienced that. I am in such a different headspace during that time! There doesn’t seem to be much of a rhymn or reason to it except that maybe the tiny little energy that exists inside is coming out into the work. I like to think that everything I’ve done while pregnant has been with help from my little ones. These latest piece are very bright, I’m using colors here that I don’t normally use, they are much warmer. Everything seems more explosive and celestial. I will always remember these as the first paintings Lilah and I did together.

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Ink and paint drawings on vellum to be collaged into the piece

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Shooting Stars

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Wow this piece had me in knots! In a good way though. I loved this Tiny Man so much and really just couldn’t figure out what to do with him. There are some different references here and I wasn’t sure what direction to take it in. There were some ideas about the Mayan culture and symbolism that I attempted.. After painting and repainting I ended up with a piece that I truly love. I sent him away to live with some great friends so I am happy that I’ll see him again.


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RAW Visual Artist of the Year!

I was invited to be a part of the group of artist in a showcase for RAW natural born artists last year. RAW is an independent arts organization that includes all genres of art. They currently operate in nearly 60 cities across the United States, Canada, Australia and London.

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I was excited to be a part of the showcase but was absolutely shocked to be awarded ARTIST OF THE YEAR for the United States. My work went through a public vote to win the state of Utah (total shock just from that) then went onto the panel of judges and gallery owners. Out of 15,000 across the nation I was selected to be the Visual Artist of the Year. What an honor. Holy. Smokes.

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I won some fantastic prizes, moola, and some great opportunities. And look guys..a shiny-new-trophy-award. Never thought I would win one of those! Im feeling pretty dumb-struck and totally humbled that I was selected. I would demand a recount but I really like my new stuff 😉

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I was featured on the website and did a fun RAWdio winner interview which you can check out the RAWdio Podcast or under the MEDIA LINK.

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Welcome to Wonderland at The Urban Arts Gallery

I have wanted to do a piece inspired by Alice for a long time so I hope I was able to do it justice. Here is my piece for the show Entitled Painting the Roses Red using acrylic and mixed media on wood

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Here are a couple shots of the piece in process

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I was able to be a part of an awesome Alice and Wonderland Art Show at the Urban Arts Gallery. Welcome to Wonderland that featured some great artists and artwork. There were all kinds of sculpture and installation pieces, which I loved. Not to mention it was a happening party. There was live music a tea party and some seriously cool costumes. I thought I had really outdone myself dressing up like Alice, but was nothing compared to some of the characters we saw.

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I found the White Rabbit..

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I have always adored the story Alices Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carrol. I’m fascinated with and collect old novels. This one in particular has continued to spark imagination, inspire and resonate with people for over a hundred years. Its pretty incredible. There is also something fantastic about the notion of this whole other world existing inside the mind of a small girl, don’t you think?

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Photograph of the original Alice // Alice Liddell circa 1862

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I also love vintage illustrations. How gorgeous are these original illustrations by John Tenniel?

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