Ohhhh, yeaaaah – that’s my work in the background of this episode “In A Duffel Bag” of Chicago PD. The work is called “White Noise”, the medium is oil/cold wax and the work measures 36″ x 48″ x 2″ – available for sale at the Leigh Gallery in Chicago. Thank you Leigh Gallery!
I am opening my “Strata+Sphere” exhibit in two locations in Milwaukee starting July 24 2015. Click here to see the collection This series of abstract works, titled “Strata+Sphere” combines a layered painting technique with layered memories of growing up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The collection is comprised of a mix of oil/cold wax works alongside watercolor/multimedia […]
I am very excited to announce that I will be showing two concurrent shows in Milwaukee starting July 17, 2015 – wow! I just agreed to post at Juniper 61 (6030 W North Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53213) at the same time that I am showing at Lulu’s Café (2265 S Howell Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53207). […]
Very excited to report about the new I Love Chicago shop at 316 N Michigan Ave, Chicago. I had dropped off my work a few weeks ago before they started renovating. I didn’t know what was in store but if the O’Hare shop where I also show my work was any suggestion I knew they […]
Just got back from a 4 day artist’s retreat in Mineral Point, Wisconsin. 8 oil/cold wax painters, sharing a beautiful space at Shake Rag Alley, working side by side – what a great trip. Coincidentally there was a plein air competition happening the same weekend in Mineral Point so we were surrounded by art and […]
Currently studying watercolor techniques with Karlyn Holman – today was abstract day. We worked with collage and watercolor for half the day and the other half of the day we learned to work with alcohol inks. Having a ton of fun!
I am very excited to report that I have sold 5 originals this month. Three to my good friends who have just moved in together (their first art purchase together) and a 4th and 5th are a commissioned portraits. I can’t post the portraits yet as they are both surprise gifts, but the three paintings […]
Ok – the new studio is finally completed. Yay! I spent the last few weeks renovating my spare room into a real art studio. (Sorry overnight guests, you’ll have to bunk up in the office now). Super excited about getting to work in the new space!
I have been renting a booth space at the Andersonville Galleria for a couple years now – it is a happy space for me. It was the first place I started showing my work, and not only have I made many sales, but I have also met some great people and been “found” by some […]
I’ve just returned from a week long workshop with Karlyn Holman in Washburn Wisconsin. This is the 4th year in a row I’ve attended a workshop with her. Karlyn is such an inspiring person – she’s created a wonderful life for herself in the arts. She is a great artist, she teaches in her studio […]
There are lots of ways to create monoprints. I learned a fun way to do it in a workshop with Karlyn Holman a couple years ago. I’ve used this process to create probably more than 100 paintings by now. I’ve done series of flowers, vegetables an fruits, portraits, birds, and most recently I have come […]
I am one of 10 featured artists at the Deer Path Art League’s show “Art is for the Birds” opening Friday May 10 in Lake Forest, IL. Art is for the birds May 10-June 14 Deer Path Art League & Gallery 400 E. Illinois Rd, (2nd Floor) Lake Forest, IL 60045 Open Monday through Friday […]
A new series of monoprints has been inspired by an upcoming show “Art is for the Birds” at the Deer Path Art Gallery in Lake Forest, Illinois. I was looking at the bird paintings I’ve done in the past and at the many figurative paintings I’ve done in the past year and wanted to put […]
I have been asked to show 12 works featuring birds in the “Art is for the Birds” group show at the Deer Path Art League and Gallery – yay! I’ve focused on birds in many of my paintings and I will be showing a series of monoprints and encaustic works at this show. Very excited […]
Yow!! Got a screen grabs of my artwork on national TV! NBC’s Chicago Fire, filming in Chicago, has purchased 2 of my paintings for the permanent set and borrowed 4 more for use on temporary sets. Last night’s episode showed the character “Shay” rescuing an at-risk baby – a poignant scene. But all I could […]
Thrilled to find out NBC’s Chicago Fire selected 4 more of my paintings from The Leigh Gallery – this time on loan – for use on their sets! I assume that since they’re on loan they’re not for the permanent sets but rather for single scene usage. Keep an eye out for them – I […]
I am very pleased to report that I have already sold two paintings from my new series, “Snow Day“. Considering I only started this series about a month ago I’d say that’s great progress! First one sold was “O’Hare in the Park” (above) to my friends Scott and Roger – owners of the dog featured […]
So, how cool is this? The fabulous Tony Odisho, owner of Exsalonce Salon and Spa in Chicago as well as Tony Odisho Extensions and Ostia Hair Products (who also happens to be my hairdresser!) called me a couple weeks ago for a favor. He asked if he could borrow a couple of paintings as staging […]
A walk through a nearby Chicago park during the snow with my friend Roger and his dog O’Hare spurred this new series, which feels like a fun new direction in my work. Featured above is “Fetching”. Below are a few paintings in the series. This series is currently being shown at The Leigh Gallery and at […]
Big announcement! My first 1-woman show has now officially begun. Juliana Montebello-Roman and Chef Stefano Roman invited me to show my work at their beautiful and delicious Italian restaurant – Pizza Rustica. The restaurant is located at 3908 North Sheridan Road, Chicago, IL 60613 (just 3 blocks north of Wrigley Field, one block south of […]
Big news – last night I was honored by winning an “Award of Excellence” at the Illinois Watercolor Society’s Annual Member Show for my painting “And then I lost it” (shown below)! I am over the moon thrilled about this. My first award since taking up painting again 2 years ago. I walked into the […]
Last year I met some wonderful people. An amazing group of people who dedicate their lives to taking care of cats and dogs who have found themselves without homes. And they were right around the corner from where I’ve been living for the last 6 years. Felines & Canines is a no kill dog and […]
Wow – I am super thrilled. Jean Leigh of The Leigh Gallery in Chicago sold 2 of my paintings to the set of NBC’s new series, Chicago Fire. I can’t wait to see my work on TV! If you’re watching, keep an eye out for these two fall scenes. They’re about 15″ x 15″ in […]
Three years in a row I’ve taken a week-long watercolor workshop with Karlyn Holman, in Washburn Wisconsin. I find this woman so inspiring – not only is she a truly gifted artist and painting instructor – but she also has such a verve for life you can’t help get wrapped up in her exuberance. During […]
Brian Kozlowski hired me a few months ago do create a portrait of his partner’s parents as a surprise gift. He and his partner Jonathan Carbonell were so happy with the result that they came back and commissioned a second portrait, this time of Brian’s parents. I’m thrilled to present a photo they sent me […]
It’s been so hot in Chicago lately that I was inspired to paint a couple winter landscapes, below. Nearly monochromatic, these were created using only four paint colors – 3 blue hues and one red. I am totally digging the stark quality.
I have continued working on the study from the previous post, “Spring Forest“. I have posted both versions of the painting below for comparison. I deepened shadows, pulled out yellows and whites and created more of a focal point with dappled light filtering through the right side of the painting. I experimented with a new […]
This spring has been so unusually warm and pleasant that Chicago has sprung into green more quickly than usual. I snapped a few photos recently in a forest near my house and here’s first attempt at capturing the moment in watercolor. This painting is basically a study – a small version (11″ x 15″) working […]
(Pictured above, “The Spinster Sisters Do Mexico”, 40″ x 40″, acrylic) I’m thrilled to be able to invite you to the unveiling of my newest series of paintings, entitled “Discarded Memories” at the Phantom Gallery on May 19. I’ve always been drawn to vintage photography, often standing for ages in antique stores sifting through boxes […]
Painting from life I am thrilled to report a new direction in my art. Back in art school I used to really look forward to my painting from life classes. I love the immediacy of standing there and painting what you see and feel from another human being, right on the spot. It’s amazing to […]
Wow – that was fun! Last night was my first official art gallery opening night – at the Phantom Gallery currently located at 4161 North Damen in Chicago. That in itself made it a very special night for me. Great turn out – the gallery was packed with friends of the artists and well-wishers. I […]
I’m over the moon! I was just informed that my painting, “Jealousy in Red Gloves” (see below) has been accepted into the Illinois Watercolor Society’s national exhibition! I’ve been told that nationally rated artists submit paintings to be in this show every year, so to be one of 60 selected for competition is a major […]
On Thursday I installed my paintings at the new art gallery opening soon in Lincoln Park. It’s called “Fortunate Discoveries”, it’s located at 1022 W Armitage, and is a similar business model to the Andersonville Galleria. I’ve signed a lease and I get a wall all to myself. Fortunate Discoveries’ focus is original artwork of […]
Last month I was commissioned to create a double portrait. My new client wanted to give a very special gift to his partner. This man had lost his mother years ago, and even though his father has since remarried, a family portrait of them still hangs in his father’s house. She was a very special […]
The AQUA Series Opening night Saturday March 17, 7pm The Phantom Gallery 4161 North Damen Show runs through mid April and the gallery is open daily 6-8pm and all afternoon Saturdays and Sundays. Appointments off hours are also available. The Phantom Gallery is transient and at this time it’s located in Ravenswood. I’ll be showing […]
Winter in Chicago, where are you? There’s been so little snow this year I used a photo from last year’s snow to create this painting. After a snow fall I like to walk through the city streets and green spaces and see what catches my eye. There’s almost always something that grabs my interest so […]
I recently finished two new pet portraits. A portrait makes a wonderfully personal keepsake to remember someone who has passed to to commemorate a beautiful moment in your life. The portrait of Allie below was completed some months ago but was only just given as a gift over the weekend for the owner’s birthday. I […]
Woot! Thank you to Scott and Ken at the Andersonville Galleria for featuring one of my Valentine’s paintings in the front window display. I’ve just finished 4 new small lovebird paintings in time for the upcoming holiday. New greeting cards will also be available soon. Looking out the window right now with the snow coming […]
This Christmas, to commemorate the passing of my wonderful Grandma Gertrude 10 years ago, I did a couple portraits of her to give to family members. I had wonderful source material – my mother had taken a series of beautiful black/white photo of Grandma years ago, so that was my starting point. Making the paintings […]
How cool is this? One of my paintings is now hanging in a home in Cologne Germany! And I must say she chose a lovely place for it. Thank you to Tania Danilenko for her patronage and for sending these great photos – love seeing where art ends up!
Since the first set of 6 has nearly sold out and I’m getting requests for more, I went ahead and created 6 new small canvases of winter birds. I focused on Cardinals and Bluejays. I just need to get the hanging hardware attached on the backsides and then it’s off to the Galleria for hanging. […]
(Pictured above, Red Balloons – original acrylic painting on canvas, 12″ x 12″) Another to add to the moody series – this one more melancholy a bit sad and reminiscent. Dead tree, floating balloons, small red heart. What does it make you think of?
Finished up the second moody blue canvas last night. This one I am calling Ice Storm. Pictured above, Ice Storm – 12×12 canvas, acrylic
Working on some new canvases – kinda moody. Here’s the first one, “Blue Night”, 12×12, acrylic.
Portraits make great gifts. Our lovely Bonnie just celebrated a milestone birthday, so I created a portrait of her as a birthday present. I found a great fun pic of her on Facebook and created this portrait from the photo. Went over very well at the party – Robin even found the hat from the […]