Great turn out tonight at the opening for the juried exhibition at the Fitchburg Art Museum here in Massachusetts. Happy to be part of it, and was very pleased with the prominent placement of my painting, Pavan, 60" x 60" in the exhibition.
This large painting from the Della Terra series (Pavan, 60 x 60 inch, acrylic on canvas) will be up through Labor Day at the Fitchburg Art Museum here in Massachusetts, as part of a juried exhibition there. Happy to be included.
Happy to share this really nice profile of my experience as a painter, and my work, in Preview Magazine, the best regional arts publication in these parts. Thank you to writer Laura Holland for such a nuanced and thorough portrayal.
Here's the link: Preview Magazine Article
Terrific turn out at my opening at Diana Felber Gallery this weekend. Hey, wait a sec... nobody is looking at the paintings!!!
Actually, always very gratifying for me, and the gallery, to sell one of the paintings within the first 15 minutes. Thanks to all my friends who were there. Great to see you.
della terra XIV, oil on panel, 32" x 16" has been selected for inclusion in the 21st Annual Juried Exhibition at Zullo Gallery in Medfield MA (just south of Boston), Sept 19 - Nov. 7. Opening reception Sat. Sept. 26, 7-9p. Hope to see some of you there.
The show New England Collective VI is now up at Galatea Fine Art in Boston through the end of August. The opening reception is this Friday August 7th from 6 to 8pm. Hope to see some of you there.
Here is a close up detail of della terra XVII, which I have in the show.
This painting, della terra XVII, oil on board, 32" x 16", has been accepted into the juried show New England Collective VI at Galatea Fine Art in Boston. The juror for this competition was Mim Brooks Fawcett, the Executive Director of the Attleboro Arts Museum. The show will be up from August 5 - 31st, with an opening on August 7 from 6 to 8pm. Hope to see some of you there!
In my former life making documentary films, I was very very fortunate to be able to spend time with and film various cultures in more than forty countries around the world. I remember often being mesmerized by the intricacy and beauty of the textiles and tapestries of various indigenous peoples I encountered.
Pictured here is an amazing eight foot by seven foot tapestry I bought years ago in the village outdoor market in Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala. It was made by an enterprising vendor who had collected huipils, (the traditional garment worn by indigenous women, each with its own unique regional pattern and design), and sewn them together into this large hanging.
I just rediscovered it today, having stored it away and forgotten about it long ago. Now, it is up on the ceiling on the office end of my studio. What is striking to me is how many of these colors and even patterns have been emerging in my latest series of paintings, "della terra". My process is largely subconscious and intuitive (with LOTS of editing along the way), but how could my love of these indigenous textiles through the years, not bubble up somehow in paintings I'm working on today?
Pictured here: della terra XIX, oil on panel, 24" x 54"
I'm starting to coalesce around this textured body of work and have decided to title the series Della Terra ("of the earth"). There are a lot of earth tones in these paintings, and lots of surface texture as I've described here in earlier postings.
In making the paintings with thick paint mixed with wax medium, I often trowel it on in layers, building up color and interest as I go along. Sometimes it almost feels like working with clay (of the earth), another point of reference for the title I've chosen. As the layers build up, I also dig back into them, scrapping away and excavating down into the layers beneath. The mottled results suggestion to me, erosion or old weathered surfaces of stone, as one might find in the landscape. I like this very much and this is also part of the reasoning for the series title. Pictured here, della terra II, 24" x 24", oil on panel.
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