I will be having a solo exhibition at the Hopkinsville Community College in Hopkinsville KY. The show will run from January 3-31st in the Auditorium Gallery.
I'm having a one-woman show in New York City at the Grace Institute Art Gallery. Show Runs October 19th - November 22nd and will open with a cocktail reception on October 19th. The gallery is located in Manhattan at 1233 Second Avenue between 64th & 65th Street, phone 212-832-7605 for hours.
Read on to find a selection of the paintings and drawings that will be exhibited...and spread the word!
It was a wonderful month in the Catskills. Surrounded by incredible landscape and the energy of a great group of painters I thoroughly enjoyed this experience. Back to the studio now, but I hope to continue in the landscape here in Kentucky starting with some work in the Clarks River. Here is a pic of a tree study from last week.
The third week of the HRF has ended and it is hard to believe we have only one more week here. This week I had the opportunity to complete a rock study I’d started as well as a painting of some hydrangea done at dusk. The colors during this time of evening continue to amaze me and I’m beginning to find it is my favorite time to paint. I’ve also spent some time working on a drawing of a nearby tree which is a much slower process- taking the time to record what I’m looking at in terms of the lines and not color. The week ended with a great trip to the homes of Frederic Church and Thomas Cole where we enjoyed tours of these historic sites. It was a great chance to learn more about the painters of the Hudson River School and the inspiration they found in this country.
Today was the first day of rain we've had since the fellowship began. I worked on this painting from the porch while the clouds rolled by...
Week two of the Hudson River Fellowship has come to a close and the time has flown by! This week the emphasis has shifted from thumbnail sketches and detailed drawings to tonal and color studies. I've been doing oil sketches in various areas here including the creek bed at Platt's Cove and several studies from the sunset point. Trees have been a major area of focus for me, so beautiful and complicated...how do you paint them??
It has been wonderful absorbing the wilderness here and I've had several bear sightings! The weather has continued to be a perfect 75-80 degrees with low humidity, hard to beat!! I'm excited for what the next two weeks will bring. In the mean time here are a couple of paintings in the works...
And we’re off!
The first week of the Hudson River Fellowship has been amazing and cram packed. Our days are spent scrambling rocks and creeks with our painting gear, finding a multitude of possibilities for compositions. The landscape is inspiring and the weather has been wonderful. . Friday night we were treated to a lecture by a wonderful artist, James Gurney whose blog can be found at: http//gurneyjourney.blogspot.com/. In the evenings 15 artists or so gather at the top of a hill overlooking the mountains to paint the sunset. This is quickly becoming my favorite time of the day. It is a fast and furious painting session that lasts about an hour as the light disappears and evening descends, which always leaves me feeling happy. I am inspired by the talent of my fellow artists here and excited to learn from them as we progress through the month.
This summer I am excited to be participating in the Hudson River Fellowship Program. Accepted artists receive free tuition and board to spend the month of July painting from nature in the Catskills. Following the tradition of the Hudson River School painters the program seeks to "bring together the reawakening enthusiasm for the old American painters, the vigorous but unfocused scene of contemporary landscape painting and the urgent need for a renewed reverence for the land. By bringing back the skills and spirit of the pre-impressionist landscape painters the program will give much needed direction to a new generation of painters. As they learn to carefully study and reflect on the trees and clouds and blades of grass and cliffs, their paintings will become beautiful. Ideally, these artists and their beautiful representations of nature will help to lead the culture back to a stronger connection to the landscape. The fellowship seeks to make a contribution both to the art world and the conservation movement."
Summer 2009 has brought many big changes! After 11 amazing years in New York City I have relocated to my hometown of Murray Kentucky. I'm very excited to share that I will be opening a studio and gallery, where I will be working, teaching and exhibiting both my work and bringing in other artists to show. Although I will continue to work and show out of New York I am looking forward to a new chapter in Kentucky and the opportunities to come!
"Portrait of Don Bennett" was recently unveiled during a reception at Murray State University in the Curris Center. Mr. Bennett served as Chairman of the Math department for 25 years and taught for approximately 10 years prior. The painting will be on permanent display in the main office of the Math Department in Faculty Hall.
For the past two Thursdays I've been painting with my friend Mariko in Brooklyn. Each session was about five hours. We borrowed the skull from Wayne and we were off to the races!! And what better substitute for lack of a model? Although our friend was unmoving the intricacy of the bones and the joints proved him a difficult subject! Hopefully we will be continuing with our Thursday life sessions. I think a fish is next up! Stay tuned...
A portrait by Jennifer is included in the 32nd Annual Small Works Exhibit at 80 Washington Square East Gallery. The show was juried by Daniel Ferris, Director of Stephen Haller Gallery, NYC. The opening reception is 1/31/09 from 12-5pm. The work will be on display January 31-March 13. Gallery address: 80 Washington Square East Gallery New York, NY 10003 Gallery phone: 212-998-5747
"Woman Holding a Teacup" was recently selected as a finalist in the Art Renewal Center's International Salon 2009.