2020 - The year of Covid 19 - change of plans for everyone!
Stay well and stay home. My "Peace at Last" series is in full production and I'm dedicated more than ever to complete it.
During the Covid Crisis I am working with SHIFT, an Artists' U group under the auspices of the SC Arts Commission. The group is networking with artists in SC to retrench, regroup and rethink how to be a sustainable artist in this new era. Please contact me with inquiries about works or commissions on the contact page. I'd love to hear from you!
I'm striving to build a thematic body of art work for shows, gallery events and sales. Bay 3 Artisan Gallery at the Anderson Arts Center in Anderson, SC is a co-op gallery where I am currently showing artwork. The gallery can be reached at email@example.com and on Instagram @bay3artisangallery.
My goals for 2020 (amid the Corona Covid 19 Crisis) are to focus on plans to create a series with St. John Henry Newman in mind. Newman was a theologian and prolific writer. This new series will include plein air and studio creations and will be centered around a prayer for the working person, the aged, the sick or anyone who is thinking about the day that passed. It is entitled:
Peace At Last
O Lord, support us all day long,
til the shadows lengthen,
and the evening comes,
and the busy world is hushed,
and the fever of life is over,
and our work is done.
Then in your mercy,
grant us a safe lodging and a holy rest,
and peace at last. Amen.
The Oil Mill on the Tracks Series - 2019
As a region, the South is people, places, religion, land and architecture - old and new. This region offers me a visual opportunity to create a pictorial translation in a mix of media: collage, acrylic painting, and drawing. Working with a planned color palette, theme and collage elements, I use shape, texture and color to interrupt a painting and pivot a piece in an unexpected direction. I want to create a moment in time to pause and consider. Even though my work is not completely representational, it evokes the scene or the subject and the feel of the moment.
My works are usually landscapes. I use color blocks of cut paper and other materials. These mixed media works are produced on canvas, paper or wood panels. Modified colors and textures are painted or printed in acrylic. Wet or dry charcoal sticks are used and abstracted forms are added in paper or fabric. Acrylic mediums and varnishes or oil sticks, oil varnish and cold wax are sometimes used to complete the pieces.
I like old places. It makes me think about what work people used to do and how they lived. The intense southern sunlight glared at this old place and prompted me to create what I saw in my mind's eye.
I like trains. Throughout its history and to the present day, the U.S. has connected its vast regions with tracks and trains during times of peace and war. Trains are loaded with goods and people; the rhythmic pulse of commerce.
I like old factories. The plant produced oils for industry and played a role in the war effort during WWII. In the past, machinery pulsed within the mill, generating oils for shipment. The train cars picked up the oil in tanks and sent it down the tracks. The mill is a monument to the work having been done; a memorial to a time gone by.
The Pendleton Oil Mill is causing a lot of people distress in our town. It is literally falling down. The reality of the mill's decay made me start thinking about making art in a different way. I'm not sure what the future will bring for the oil mill and our town, I have just tried to recreate a moment in time.
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It's wonderful to be an artist living in Upstate South Carolina. I've lived my entire life in the South: I was born and raised in North Carolina, went to school at Clemson and Winthrop Universities, and worked a long time as a teacher in the Atlanta area. Now, I've returned to Clemson to continue my artistic pursuits.