New Mini Paintings

I just finished an exciting new crop of mini paintings this week! Sizes range from 4×4 to 10×10 and are affordably priced from $55-$500. For titles and specifics regarding these and other small paintings, visit the small works gallery on my web site.

These paintings will be offered for sale this Sunday, April 3, 3-5pm at Galer Estate & Winery in Chaddsford, PA as part of the Encaustic in the 21st Century Book Signing Event….visit here and here for more information about this and other art events happing in the Chaddsford, PA area. Have some wine, enjoy some art, purchase a book and have some fun…I look forward to seeing you there!

Please note that my small paintings tend to sell quickly, so if you see something you like, email me and I’ll put it aside for you. 🙂

Inspired By…Fiber & Paint

Painting and fiber, two disciplines whose marriage has always intrigued and inspired me throughout the evolution of my work. Over the 15+ years since graduate school, I have completed several series of work, all of which borrow and combine aspects of both disciplines. However, each series leans either to the fiber or painting end, but never fully captures the essence of either discipline.

For this reason, I am fascinated when I come across artists whose work fully exhibits the perfect balance of material, materiality, color, tactility, surface, pattern and process that encapsulates the two disciplines of fiber and painting. I must mention that there are many artists who work within these boundaries and without listing them-there are so many-I am inspired by them all. However, it was difficult to find artists amongst this group whose work possessed a blending, rather than a combination between the materials, process and techniques used, a seamlessness, a perfect balance, a sensitivity, a symbiosis that is almost intangible and cannot easily be put into words. I have chosen three artists whose work stands out and characterizes these qualities .

I have always been a fan of Margery Amdur’s work and first came across it when she was working with layers of painted, hand cut mylar in wonderful diagrammatic floral patterns that resembled the preparatory acetates and paintings I used to do when I was a textile and rug designer. In her layered paintings, there is a painterly quality in which the materials, process and content effortlessly support one other. Her latest work applying paint, pastel, ink and silkscreen on cosmetic sponges takes painting to a whole new level. Some may categorize these pieces as sculpture, but the use of materials, repetition, tactility, process, technique and structural pattern all speak to textiles. The reference to flowers, the garden, layers and the mark of the hand is also evident.

Julia Bland’s work is what sparked the writing of this post as it imbues the perfect blend of fiber and painting I describe above. Bland’s work is founded in weaving and craft based traditions and her stem from her interest in religious and cultural patterns. Working hand in hand with the repetitive process of weaving, she adds, subtracts, cuts, glues, sews and paints elements into her large scale wall hangings. Hand worked details, knots, stitched and painted areas are added after the weaving takes place making piece exciting and interesting both up close and at a distance.

At first glance, Gabriel Luis Perez’s work may just look like mixed media paintings. However, what I see in these richly layered surfaces are references to quilting, applique, weaving, sewing, embellishment, pattern-making, design and repetitive process all densely integrated with painted pop imagery, text and collaged elements. Of his work he writes, “It is important to me that all my pieces inherit an energy; sometimes that energy is one produced during its performance and at other times it is a conjured from past or future experiences.” They do have an energy and I totally get it.

Juliette Elisa Bataille

I discovered Juliette Elisa Bataille’s work by accident while googling contemporary embroidery. Interestingly enough, Bataille’s work is NOT contemporary, which is what interests me the most about it.

Juliette Elisa Bataille was born in 1896 in Pas-de-Calais, France, married in 1917 to an abusive husband and in her 40’s began to exhibit symptoms of mental distress. She was eventually institutionalized where she began creating expressive pastel drawings and these wonderful embroideries. Her emotionally charged stitched lines are placed with finality, and a determined self-assuredness. Incredibly, she only produced these works during a three year period (roughly, 1948-1951) making the few documented pieces still in existence that much more remarkable.

Read more about her and see more work here.

Encaustic Art in the 21st Century

I am so excited to announce my inclusion in the beautiful new book, Encaustic Art in the 21st Century by Anne Lee and Ashley Rooney. With a forward written by Kim Bernard and an afterward by Ellen Koment, this book is rife with artists at the top of their field who work in the medium of encaustic. It’s a lovely book, with crisp printing, thick paper and a simple layout with large images that highlight the work and really allow the reader to absorb the details. Needless to say, I am honored to be included in such a book and I have included my four page spread below.

I will also be participating in a fun book signing event on April 3, 3-5pm at Galer Estate Winery and Vinyard in Kennet Square, PA. The winery is located right behind Longwood Gardens, so come out and make a day of it! I will be there with some small paintings for sale along with other Philadelphia Area artists who are also included in the book. If you are local to the area, I would love to see you there. If you can’t make this event, there are lots of other events and shows being organized all over the country as a result of this book, so stay tuned for more information. Hope to see you at the winery in April!


Inspired By…

Diana Roig…not just her paintings, but her quirky videos that give me a deeper insight into the making of the paintings. I’m fascinated by the process of any kind of art making-sometimes I’m more interested in the process than the actual work! However, this is not the case with Roig’s paintings…I can’t get enough of her bold palette, seductive forms and seemingly endless array of expressive marks.

Part process, part performance, her videos are as just as fun to look at as the paintings virtually come to life in around two minutes or less along with a funky soundtrack…looking forward to making one of these videos myself someday.

These two videos are my favorites, view her other fun videos here.


My Surface Design Journal Article

I’m so excited to share with you my first published article now in the current issue of Surface Design Journal! I am so grateful to editor, Marci Rae McDade for allowing me this opportunity to share my work, inspirations and teaching. This issue of the journal is dedicated to artists who combine wax and fiber in their work and I am honored that my work is included with admired colleagues and others who innovate these two mediums and continue to inspire me as an artist.

The Surface Design Journal is one of my favorite publications-always lusciously illustrated, with thoughtful, intelligent writing, it never fails to inspire. The journal is produced by the Surface Design Association, an international membership group with over 3,000 members dedicated to all things textile, fiber, fiber-related, tactile and amazing. I have been a member for at least twenty years and will continue to support this wonderful organization for a long time to come. Visit this page on their web site to read about all of the many benefits to becoming a member-it’s much more than you would think.

To purchase this stellar current issue and back issues of the journal, visit this page on the SDA web site. You can also conveniently view a sample of the current issue here.

Thanks so much for reading and for your support!