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Paintings About Stories/Stories of Painting

I should preface this post by acknowledging that we (the universal) now spend so much time on our phones that I do not know how we write anymore. I for one – have a difficult time putting together ideas that are a deep dive. This is different than years ago when I was not on […]

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Then June Arrives in the Studio

Much continues in the world in these last five months. Intense war, Covid continues, immense fires in the Western US – Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona (that list will continue). Monsoon season has come early to New Mexico where my studio practice is now that I have expanded from Masonville to Santa Fe. The water is […]

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Pulling in the Distance

Grandpa was always in the garden, in the distance. Those I love and admire – in the garden, in the distance. As a first generation college student (before the designation existed) what happened?  By that I mean, what did I learn? How did I conduct my life? A “disgrace” to my mother – though others […]

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August 1, ’21

It is true one can be an artist anywhere. Recognition is not included in the equation. There has only been one thing more important than my work. It is hard for me to believe this even as I write it, but it is true. The only other thing that has taken priority is living my […]

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Your Hunger Betrays You

August 2020 began my series Your Hunger Betrays You. The idea occurred spontaneously. Upon encountering someone as I was walking, I felt the sentence Your Hunger Betrays You arrive. I immediately returned to the studio to work with what lingered. Taking a paper bag out of the trash, I began. The pieces expand upon earlier […]

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Returning to the Mountain (II)

The painter and teacher Enrique Martinez Celaya, has said, understandably, that one does not let everything out of their studio. I believe this, particularly at a time of intense social media engagement by artists. We are moved to engage and that is good. However, there are times to “let work out” of the studio. That […]

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The Daily (I)

December 11. Morning, 6am. Winter dark. The light comes quickly. Cats watch the sunrise, I watch them watching. Tea. Ritual. Home studio is up and running. I plan my travel escape post pandemic. Mentally trekking the distance, locations of summer studios I plan to inhabit. In a constant space of sending out best thoughts for […]

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Generosity and Publishing (2)

During a long overdue dinner my mind was stopped by a very wise friend who recently read my post. “What if Suzuki never published?” she asked. I felt a shock go through my body. I was in a gap. Then a place of reasoning once my mind started again. Realizing – I had not thought […]

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Cleaning the Floor and Publishing

There is a thread here that it is about contentment. It is also about egolessness. It is my favorite part of day. I do not remember the last time I was able to enjoy it. 3:30-4:30ish, home; nowhere else physically or mentally. I note the position of the sun no matter the time of year […]

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“Art Doesn’t Give a Shit”

That “art doesn’t give a shit”, revealed by painter Larry Poons, is arguably the most profound utterance of this Century. The imbalance of the market is extreme, we all know that. The luck of the draw is prevalent. It is who you know. Much deeper than all of that nonsense; when the artist is still, […]

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