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Stories From My 2017 Solo Show – An Open Window

Living in a Chinese city that is majority Muslim, there are mosques on every corner like there are churches on every corner in the United States’ Bible belt.  Though I felt very comfortable with many aspects of the new culture

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Stories From My 2017 Solo Show – Playing Checkers in the Street

  Just outside our apartment complex in the city of Urumqi, China, on a poor little avenue where very little traffic came through, groups of men would play checkers. Smoking, drinking, and gambling, they’d pass their days and go home

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6 Questions Artists Should Regularly Ask Themselves

While I was living overseas working with a non-profit org, it was regular practice to take a step back and reassess our situation to make sure we were staying on track with our values.  It was an effective way to

Posted in And the Distance Dissolves Into the Love, Austin Kleon, Creative Practice, Exhibits, Forming A Collection, Gallery Shows, Inside My World, Inspiration, Self Awareness, Solo Show 2017, The Jealous Curator

The Musician

We’ve been studying the books of Jeremiah and Lamentations in Scripture as a church on Sunday mornings.  As a person who is drawn to the melancholy, I get a sense of vindication reading Jeremiah’s words.  The world isn’t all rainbows

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An Open Window

Open your windows and your doors.  Behind and beyond the walls there is belonging.  Enter in. The first piece completed for my solo show coming April 2017.  I was spending a lot of time looking at Robert Henri paintings while

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Beginning the First Memories Series

I love that the project elevates transparency, reflection and a form of service in the listener’s willingness to hear and understand another person share a piece of who they are.

Posted in Acceptance, Artist's Talk, Beauty out of Pain, Creative Practice, Forming A Collection, Inside My World, Inspiration, Paintings, Rejection

Study of Kazakh Boy in Turquoise and Red

I just finished this study of a Kazakh boy from a photograph we took on a trip to the far northwest of China in 2006.  It’s a study for a larger painting that will be 30×40″.  I find that it’s

Posted in China, Donating Art to Charity, Forming A Collection, One Hour A Day, Paintings

Love Your Neighbor as Yourself…Why is it So Hard?

I don’t know about the rest of you visual artists out there, but I have a difficult time forming the thoughts and ideas behind my paintings and then articulating it to others.  In fact, I often don’t have a fully

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Forming a Collection #1

 I’m still new at this art business thing and, in many ways, I’m picking back up where I left off after art school 13 years ago. After meeting with a wise and seasoned artist, Dee Day, for coffee last week,

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