I'm back from an art-related trip to Florida where I had taken care of some exciting business that involves a partnership I'm particularly pumped about! I'm contractually obligated to not mention specifics and it's hard to keep my lips zipped about it. I've posted a few photos on Instagram, too. Here are a few that haven't made it to social media yet...
Proud of my husband, figure artist Derek Overfield - he's got a great interview over on Minted's blog today. It's all about our studio, his background, style, art history, inspiration, and more!
I'm so excited to share what I've been up to in the studio for the last 3 months. I thought I would try out presenting works all at once in collection-form (hoping to push myself to expand and create more while also making it more fun for you all, with so much to explore!)
This collection focuses on the shift from winter to spring and how it feels as the season changes from an apparent stillness to vibrant activity. There has been an expansion of vocabulary, trying out new forms, searching for just the right shapes and movements. I've also dipped a toe into including oil pastels on canvases, introducing slight line elements and a tiny bit of pattern. There's a mix of large and mid-sized canvases along with several sets of works on paper - so much to see!
I'm currently working on my upcoming Spring Collection, but in the meantime, I've been getting sentimental and looking back at past paintings that have found homes. I've missed them very much, so I thought why not bring a few of my favorites back in print-form? It's like having an old friend back in your life again.
So here you have it, six of some of my most favorite canvases, available now in limited edition prints. They are printed on beautiful Somerset Velvet paper (100% cotton rag) with Epson Ultrachrome ink, making for a gorgeous final product that is archival. I wanted them to have a similar presence to the originals, so I am offering these prints in mid & large sizes only.
I've been hard at work, creating new pieces for my 2016 Spring Collection! Some details of an extra large work in progress...
We're snowed in at home and I am content to stay put and paint! Winter Storm Jonas has been treating us well so far (21 inches of snow and we still have power!). Here are a few pictures I snapped around our house; I'd pulled on the old plein air-painting snow suit and took a walk.
Recently, I've been building up several collections of work, the first featuring new black and white abstracts. A soft yet bold beginning for the new year, this mini collection includes several pairs of small works on paper and a large statement-making canvas. I'm in love with the contrast between the soft, atmospheric stains and the bold, glossy blacks.
Don't forget! I'm currently running a sale on ALL works on paper, as they make for great holiday gifts. You can opt to have them arrive matted and ready to go! Give them matted and let the recipient pick out their own frame or find a special frame yourself!
Happy to say that original art gift tags are back again this year, due to their ongoing holiday success. For every purchase made from now until the end of December, I will be including a FREE pack of 6 mini art hang tags with your order! They are also available for sale individually in my shop.
After the summer season, I usually feel a strong pull that brings me back into the studio, time spent in contemplation. Lately, I have felt the paintings shift under me. Change is coming and I open the old windows in the studio, letting the fresh autumn air in, so I am fully able to enjoy the last brisk days, before winter settles over us.
I spent the weekend overhauling the studio, cleaning and reorganizing my "stations." I need them to reflect this shift in the work, to reprioritize my purpose in the studio. Making a new commitment to a new process. I have new studio tour pictures up, showcasing my cleaning/reorganizing efforts.
You can find me in the October/November issue of Morgantown Magazine. Here I am, pretending that I'm ready to get down to work in a very cool studio (also, in a very pretend world where I wear decent clothes to paint in)! Many thanks to Mikenna Pierotti for the interview!
I don't know how everyone else feels, but this summer seemingly zipped by for me! After traipsing around NYC with friends for our short summer vacation (the new Whitney was really great!), Derek and I happily accepted an invitation down to Summersville, WV to visit our favorite professors from college.
Jennifer and Lynn Boggess are extraordinary painters who are building an equally extraordinary off-the-grid studio on their lush, wild acreage in West Virginia. Winterburn (its official name - how cool is that?) is not fully completed yet, but wow, is it stunning, being every bit a dream studio. The space is simple and clean, with unending windows that provide views out into the forest. The artists were considering adding a living space, but in the end, decided it would be a painting-only zone. The studio has zero distractions, unless you would count the large fireplace. I can't stop imagining what it would be like to take a break from your work and settling in on the couch with a fire going, watching snow blowing through the trees. Or even late fall when the leaves are changing and drifting down to carpet the grounds. Another aspect I love most is the huge-yet-still-covered open air space that can be used as a carport or painting area - such a good idea. Enjoy the tour!
After spending part of the day on the lake and the other in an incredible forest studio, I feel completely inspired and ready to create. If you are looking for more studio-inspiration, be sure to check out my Pinterest board full of studios to covet - Winterburn is being pinned now!