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Beautification of Shorewood Village

I finally completed a commission today – this has been 3 months in the making.

I was selected along with 10 other local artists by the village of Shorewood, WI for a neighborhood beautification project. We are decorating corner utility boxes with paintings inspired by the history of the village of Shorewood. The corner where my work will be placed is at Maryland Avenue and Capitol Drive, the location of two elementary schools – Atwater and St Roberts. My brother and I attended St Roberts, so I was really hoping to get this particular location. Anyway – I’ve been working on this for months and finally submitted the final piece today. This should be installed in the next month or so. Yay!

The piece is called “Remember the Day…” and the images of the children and the teacher were inspired by 1950s era Atwater class photos found at the Shorewood Historical Society. Also pictured in the backgrounds are the two schools located on that corner.

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Milwaukee Bucks permanent art collection at the Fiserv Forum

Wow – what a day!

On Friday, August 24, 2018, the Milwaukee Bucks permanent art collection at the Fiserv Forum was unveiled. I was lucky enough to be one of the 32 artists chosen from nearly 1300 applicants to have my work included in the collection. The day started with a televised press conference where I had the chance to meet many of the other artists, after which our friends and families were invited to come and tour the arena.  Over the weekend, the public is invited to tour the space and they’re expecting up to 40,000 people.

The Fiserv Forum, an elegant new feature in the Milwaukee skyline, seats more than 17,000. My work is hanging on the suite level, outside of Suite 04. There is also a book commemorating the art and the artists, which I’ve shared in the video below.

The work I created, called “The Girls  Team,” measures 26″ x 36″ before framing, and the medium is watercolor on Ampersand Aquabord. This piece is part of the Discarded series of works that I’ve been developing over the last few years which takes inspiration from antique photography to tell a story. For “The Girls Team”, I found inspiration in images of women’s basketball teams from the last century. The background of the piece is a grouping of girl players from earlier eras, dressed in their uniforms, lined up for team photos. They overlook the subject, a young woman of today playing ball against boys, and giving them a real run for their money. I wanted to illustrate that the women who played before, paved the way for today’s young women to not just play without the judgment, but to achieve levels in the field totally out of reach by earlier generations.

This is truly the honor of a lifetime. I am so thankful to be included – thank you to the Milwaukee Bucks and especially to the wonderful women at Sports and the Arts who put this whole thing together!

The video below is of me narrating as I page through the Milwaukee Bucks Art Collection’s commemorative book.

Below are some images of the day, including a closer look at “The Girls Team”.

 

 

 

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Made the cut!

Well this is some exciting news! Several months ago I answered a “call for artists” from the Milwaukee Bucks. They are building an amazing new arena and they want to include an art collection for this new building. Out of 1200 entries, and a couple levels of culling, I made the final cut of 32 artists chosen to create a painting for this new collection. Yahoo!

The actual piece that has been commissioned from me is under lock and key as part of my contract until the official unveiling at the end of summer, so don’t expect to see any in-progress images or hints at what I’m creating. Just know that I am hard at work to make sure this is my best work ever!

Super exciting! 😀

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Work to be featured at the Charles Allis Museum

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A close up of the painting

I just found out that my work, “Faded Chalkboard Memories” has been juried into a show at the Charles Allis Art Museum in Milwaukee. Yay!!

The show is called “Forward: A Survey of Wisconsin Art Now” and the opening is at the museum on October 27.

I am extremely honored to be included in the show and hope to see you all at the opening!

Opening Thursday, October 27th, 2016

Charles Allis Art Museum
1801 N. Prospect Ave
Milwaukee, WI  53202

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Red Ball accepted into Blick show

Last week I found out my watercolor “Red Ball” was accepted into the “Winter Wonderland” exhibition – a juried show at Blick’s Loop location. Very exciting!

The show will be hanging from 12/04/14-01/04/15 with an opening reception on Thursday, December 4 2014 from 6:00 PM-8:00 PM.   There will be a raffle, and winners of both the show and the raffle will be announced at 7 p.m., during the reception.

Hope to see you all there!

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Just won an award from Watercolor Artist Magazine

Super excited to share this news – I just found out that not only did I win an award in a national watercolor competition, I will also be published in the April 2015 issue of Watercolor Artist Magazine! Yippee!

Here is an excerpt from the email just received a few minutes ago:

Congratulations! It’s my pleasure to inform you that you’ve won Honorable Mention in this year’s Watermedia Showcase competition. As such, your painting, “Faded Chalkboard Memories,” will be published in the April 2015 issue of Watercolor Artist.

“Faded Chalkboard Memories” is from my Discarded series – images inspired by vintage snapshots and photography that I find in antique stores.

I am over-the-moon!

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Awarded Honorable Mention for Faded Chalkboard Memories

I just found out that my painting, “Faded Chalkboard Memories” has won honorable mention from the Illinois Watercolor Society’s 2014 member show. I am over the moon thrilled about this! Hooray! Show is on Sunday at 2pm if anyone wants to truck out to Bloomingdale.

IWS Member’s Show 2014
The Bloomingdale Park District Museum
108 South Bloomingdale Road, Bloomingdale, IL
630 339 3570

Hip hip hooray!

Below are a couple details:

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Entered into IWS competition

I just entered the above painting, “Faded Chalkboard Memories” into the Illinois Watercolor Society’s annual member show. It’s a juried show so fingers crossed my painting will get noticed. I had a good spy of the competition when I dropped off and there are some serious contenders in that room!

schoolThe painting is a continuation of my “Discarded” series which features images inspired by vintage photography picked up in antique stores and junk shops. I like the idea of taking a discarded memory and giving it new life.

This particular painting was inspired by an image I found of a group kids lined up for their annual class photo (at left). It got me thinking about the commonality of that memory for most American kids, and how much memory fades as time goes by. I changed schools in first grade and as a result I can’t remember more than one or two kids from my kindergarten class.

Faded Chalkboard Memories measures 22″ x 30″ x 2″ and is watercolor and watercolor pencil on aquaboard. For pricing, inquire within.

 

 

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