I’m off to the Lodi Crane Festival for a weekend of watching Sandhills on their wintering ground. The Greater Sandhills share the wetlands of the Central Valley for a few months with thousands of migrant Lesser Sandhills from Canada and Alaska. It’s super impressive! The festival accepted the following photo and sumi painting to their art show, so the opening on Friday night should be great fun.
I’m writing this many months after my PLAYA residency and still the experience lingers. What a rich opportunity it was and some of the work painted during last February can now be seen in my Greater Sandhill Crane gallery.
I'm off to Playa at Summer Lake for a 3 week Artist Residency! PLAYA is in the flyway of the Greater Sandhill Cranes and they will be arriving to court, mate and nest in the area. I'm so excited to be with the cranes again and to have the added luxury of a studio and a supportive program so I can dive deeper into the project I am calling REFUGE. Check them out at: www.playasummerlake.org
In March of 2016 and again in June I traveled to northeastern California to do an informal artist's residency at the Modoc National Wildlife Refuge. My intention was to study and photograph the Greater Sandhill Cranes on their courting and nesting ground.
From those photographs and with paint handmade from the charcoal remains of the burned down Visitor Center at the Refuge, I was able to create these paintings as a gesture of hope for the hardworking staff and the visitors who so love the Refuge.
A portion of sales from this work will go to the preservation of habitat for this threatened species. If interested, please inquire on my Contact page.
DESERT ESSENCE is a benefit show for ANZA-BORREGO FOUNDATION.
OPENING October 10, 5-8 pm at BORREGO ART INSTITUTE, through October 31.
PUBLIC GALLERY TALK on October 31, 2:30 pm
665 Palm Canyon Drive, Borrego Springs, CA 760-767-5152
DESERT ESSENCE is the fruition of an informal Artist's Residency in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. A selection of 7 paintings of flowers, jackrabbits and desert ram's horns, in pigments gathered in the desert, with brushes made from local animal fur; it is Anza-Borrego painted with Anza-Borrego. It will coincide with the BAI's annual Flora & Fauna Show.
March / 2015
ART'S ALIVE Opening Reception: Saturday, March 7
620 2nd Street, Eureka CA
Bob Doran just published this about the show in the HUM: http://www.wildberries.com/the-hum/zen-art-birds-flying-still/
My Plicopurpura pansa story with photos and paintings was featured in the November 2014 issue of the San Diego Shell Society's journal, THE FESTIVUS. You can see many of my P. pansa paintings on my SHELLS page.
MOVING MOMENT - Baja's Wildlife in Sumi - June 6 - August 3, 2014
Japanese Friendship Garden, Balboa Park/ San Diego
Opening Reception: June 6th, 5-7
Saturday June 14, 10am - 1pm
I will offer a class in using Sumi (Japanese ink) to express the lives of the plants and animals in the Japanese Friendship Garden.
Students will learn basic ink and brush skills while sharpening their ability to see the core gestures in the life forms around them.
Bonsai trees and koi fish will be some of the subjects as students explore mark making with various brushes, including "wild ones" hand-made from the fur of squirrel, raccoon and coyote.
All painting materials will be provided.
for information and reservations: www.niwa.org/calendar | (619) 232-2721 x105