Sunday, November 23, 2014

The Making Of Bountiful World

Creating a body of work is entirely different than making just one painting. A thread must connect the paintings together in a way that allows the viewer to find a connection between the pieces. In my very few years as a professional artist, having an underlying theme behind the paintings makes it all so much more meaningful than a standalone piece. Not only does it help me name the works (the hardest part of my job), but it gives me purpose and inspiration even on the days that don't seem so easy. This year the theme is directly tied to the natural world I so desperately love. Behind my love is a deep gratitude towards nature and all of the amazing gifts it unconditionally offers to each and every one of us. It's all there for us - love, comfort, health, growth, peace - if only we'll take a step outdoors. And for that I am eternally grateful for the Bountiful World that we live in.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Amazing Mention On Anthology Magazine

I am beyond thrilled right now to be included in the online pages of Anthology Magazine. I drool over the print version and ogle at all their blog posts, which means I feel so lucky to be included amongst the likes of some very talented individuals. I gave a quick interview to the editor, Anh-Minh Le, about next week's upcoming show, "Bountiful World" at Gallery MAR here in Park City. I'll explain more this next week about the inspiration behind the show and about what I was thinking in the midst of my work this fall. But for now, get a sneak peak at some of my new paintings over at Anthology! Big thanks to Anh-Minh for including me!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

The Art in Wax Exhibition at Gallery 901 in Santa Fe Starting November 21

I am pleased to announce inclusion of a small painting of mine in the "The Art In Wax" Exhibition at Gallery 901 in Santa Fe, NM. Starting on November 21st, my small 6x6" painting will be hung alongside a number of other small works encaustic paintings. The juried show will open with a reception from 5-7pm on November 21st and will run through December 30th.

About the show: Gallery 901 presents a National Juried Encaustic Small Works Exhibition featuring artists across the United States who primarily work in wax. All pieces are 6x6" or smaller, two or three dimensional works on wood panel. Jurors for this show are John Schaeffer and Sherry Ikeda, owners of Gallery 901, who will award one Best of Show with a cash prize. Visitors to the gallery can vote for their favorite piece with an honorable mention being awarded for the public favorite. All pieces of art are prices at $300 with a percentage of sales supporting the Encaustic Art Institute and the Espanola Valley Humane Society. 

The show opens November 21st and runs through December 30th. For more information contact Sherry Ikeda at Gallery 901 via email or by phone 505-780-8390.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Stencil Monotype Workshop at Saltgrass Printmakers

At the end of October, I decided to get out of the studio and take a day playing in another medium. I've long been fascinated with printmaking and enjoyed it immensely in high school. Finally the stars aligned with my schedule and I was able to take a workshop at Saltgrass Printmakers down in Salt Lake City. The very talented and lovely, Stefanie Dykes ran a Saturday workshop in stencil prints and I couldn't be more pleased with the results of my first real time working with a press.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

13% Salt & Austen Diamond Visit My Studio

photo ©austen diamond
Last month, Austen Diamond, a really nice photographer and writer who heads up the blog 13% Salt, came up to visit my studio. Austen was a pleasure to talk with and his blog covers a lot of great and quirky stuff that happens in and around the Salt Lake area. I am looking forward to seeing his article that comes out this winter with Park City Magazine and will also be certain to keep checking back on his blog to discover new stuff about our great community. For instance, check out the fun article on the Mushroom Society of Utah - I want to know how to forage mushrooms! Thanks Austen for the writeup!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Summer Show at Diane West Art in Durango, Colorado

We recently returned from Durango, Colorado for the opening of my summer show at Diane West Art. I delivered 9 new paintings, all of which were inspired by the local southwest Colorado landscape. If I didn't live in and love Park City, I would strongly consider moving to Durango. The mountains, the mesas, the Ponderosa Pines, the Animas River all have so much to offer and that's not even talking about the recreational opportunities, ahem, amazing mountain biking. I'm thrilled to be part of Diane West's wonderful gallery and feel honored to hang on the walls with the other amazing artists that show there.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Volunteer Patrol Through Desolation Canyon with the BLM

At the end of June, my husband and I went on a week long adventure as volunteer rangers down Desolation Canyon on the Green River. Our job as volunteers was to help the real BLM ranger patrol the river, ensure everyone was safe, assist other boaters if need be, and check on historical and archeological sites. Our biggest job though, was to pick up trash. Not that people are particularly messy on the Green River, but trash flows no matter what and it ends up caught on river banks and doesn't get picked up unless some good samaritan comes along, packs it onto their boat, and rows it out. We were those good samaritans, and you know what? It felt awesome to give back to such a beautiful place.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Starlight Starbright Featured in SLC Home For Sale

A wonderful surprise arrived in my inbox this morning via the City Home Collective newsletter when I was browsing through a listing in Salt Lake City. I like to look at their homes for sale because they do such a wonderful job with the photography and styling of the homes. As I was scrolling down through a home in the 9th & 9th neighborhood, I happened to see this photo of a gorgeous dining room with one of my paintings in it! It is so lovely to see my work in situ and my hope for all of my work is that it goes to a good home. This painting, called Starlight Starbright, certainly went to a good home after it was sold at Gallery MAR. I wish the owner luck with the sale of their house! Big thanks to City Home Collective for such great work.

Image ©City Home Collective

Monday, June 2, 2014

#ActOnClimate for our Snowpack

One reason to #ActOnClimate - our beloved Snowpack.

I love skiing and winter. But what I really love is snow, because it is so very critical to for our hydrology system, for irrigation, for drinking water, for the climate. The snowpack is basically a water storage system and what allows a good portion of the world to maintain a steady flow of water throughout the summer. Living in a ski town, I am very aware of what a reduced snowpack could do for our economy (as well as my fun factor), but on a global basis a reduced snowpack has huge ramifications - increased temps, unstable water storage, flooding, droughts and so much more. Let's save our snow by acting to reduce climate change. Take actions in your own home and be sure to contact your representatives to let them know your thoughts.

Image of the Pfeifferhorn in White Pine Canyon near Salt Lake City, UT @Bridgette Meinhold

Friday, May 30, 2014

Main Street Paint Out on Sunday June 1 at Miner's Park

Come see me in action this Sunday, June 1 at Miner's Park on Main Street in Park City, UT. I'll be painting en plein air with watercolors as part of the Main Street Paint Out through the Historic Park City Alliance. I will be one of several artists painting throughout the historic downtown area from around 12-4! Stop by to say hi and be sure to visit our local galleries, like my favorite Gallery MAR, to see what new art is here for the summer!