Monday, July 25, 2011

Minnesota Collectors visit my Home Studio!

Kim Harrison has been collecting my art for nearly a decade. She had originally discovered my work online and ended up purchasing one of my very first Giclees. Over the years, she has steadily added to her collection. I was thrilled to get an email from Kim telling me she was planning a family vacation to Southern Oregon and wanted to stop by the studio to meet me. It's not often I get collectors passing through my small I jumped at the opportunity. It was so much fun meeting Kim and Kelly and their two boys, Trevor and Ben and giving them the studio tour. My studio is not a fancy or large space, I must admit...but it works!  I always have a collection of paintings in progress lining the hallways and strewn throughout the house. People often marvel that my 4 children (ages 11,9,7 and 5) never seem to harm the artwork that surrounds them.  My kids are used to it, I tell them. They've grown up with paintings in the house since they were infants! 

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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Show at Wyland Galleries in Lake Tahoe!

Next week--Friday, July 29th and Saturday, July 30th, I'll be in Lake Tahoe at Wyland Galleries.  Fantastic Gallery and excellent staff.  They always put on a really great event.  I'm sending them several new pieces that will debut at the show.  Come by if you're in town.  I'd love to meet you!  Here's a flyer with all the info...

Friday, July 15, 2011

"Spring Meadow" 48 x 60 Aspen Painting

Royal Street Gallery likes to put my freshest painting right by the front door, to attract passing visitors. It seems to work!  A client saw this painting and immediately fell in love!  They decided to go to lunch to think about it...and when they came back, someone else had purchased it!  They were devastated. They hadn't been gone more than an hour! They ended up commissioning me to paint them a similar "Spring" piece.


Monday, July 11, 2011

"Aspen Twilight" 84" x 60" Commission for Cabin in Aspen

Adding the final touches to Aspen Twilight in the studio.  I'm standing on a step stool!
standing below Aspen Twilight with collectors Judy and Charles
Aspen Twilight, thick acrylic on canvas, 84" x 60"
It's not often I get to personally see my painting hanging up in a client's home...but what a treat when I do!  Judy and Charles commissioned me to paint a large 7' by 5' painting to hang above the rock fireplace in their gorgeous "cabin" home. Judy wanted to brighten up the place with some color, and thought one of my paintings would be perfect.  They both wanted something with lots of "sunlight"...yellows and reds, with a pathway winding through Aspen trees. We did it all via emails. While I was in Aspen for the Gallery show, one of my top priorities was to visit Judy and Charles at the "cabin" and see the painting hanging up. That visit was the highlight of my trip!  It was so fun getting to know Judy and Charles on a more personal level and to see the painting in its new home. It was the perfect painting for that spot!  Experiences like these are the best part of my job.

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Sunday, July 10, 2011

9' x 12' Commission--Blank Canvas! Part 2

The canvas is all stretched and ready to go!  Wow.  This thing is HUGE!  I can't wait to get started.  This truly is my dream painting.  Wish me luck!

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Gallery Show in Aspen, CO

Every year in July--at the height of the tourist season, Royal Aspen Gallery hosts a show for me. I always look forward to it every year. I love just being in this upscale town and hanging out with the guys at Royal Aspen.  These boys can really sell my work!  July is a great time to come to Aspen. The show is in the evenings, so I like to spend the days hiking and taking pictures of the gorgeous mountains and... of course...aspen trees!  I literally take thousands of pictures. I always get super excited to get back to the studio to start my next series!  Just being here inspires me. 
We stayed at the Independence Square Hotel.  The location was perfect--right in the middle of town, about a block south of the Gallery.  Everything was in walking distance.
We opened the Aspen Times this morning and saw a full-page Announcement for the Show!
The Gallery looks great!  I love how they arranged my paintings. I sent them 7 new paintings for the show...and they arrived just in time. This Gallery does best with my large most of the work is 4 feet and above.  They especially like the 7 foot to 8 foot range!
The show was very successful!  I couldn't have asked for a better group of reps. They really know the art business and are super passionate about my work. It was fun re-connecting with them in person again.  These guys sell a lot of paintings for me, so I try to keep them well stocked with my best (and biggest) art.

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