Modern Bungalow in Denver, Colorado has made a small "man-cave" den/pub area in their store featuring my work. If you are in the Denver area, you need to stop by and check out their beautiful showroom. To see even more work on display, they are located at 2594 S. Colorado Boluvard.
This afternoon I placed the final touches on my newest painting. I am very happy to report that Luminous Misty Falls is now complete! All that remains is to photograph the painting and then begin the printing process. I hope to have the new image available for sale in the next two weeks. Please check back to see the finished print.
Well, I am very happy to report that I am getting extremely close to completing my newest painting Luminous Misty Falls. There have been so many colors to mix with all the differences in sunlight and shadow and dry and wet areas. This painting of Vernal Falls, which lies below Nevada Fall, will be the second painting in my Yosemite Park series, and the first to bear the Roycroft mark. Here is a sneak peek of this relaxing and dramatically lit summer scene. I hope to have it finished in a couple weeks.
While out sightseeing up in the foothills south east of Sacramento, California, my brother decided to pop into a little store in a small town by the name of Fiddletown,. While looking around he saw a cabinet filled with silverware and other odds and ends. He started digging around through one of the drawers and at the very bottom he found what looked like it could be a letter opener, butter knife or other utensil. Since he was not sure what he had purchased, he asked an appraiser friend to take a look at his new acquisition. His friend believed it to be a letter opener hand created in the early 1900's, based on the original Roycroft stamp on the tip of the blade. Knowing my love of the Arts & Crafts movement and having recently applied to be a Roycroft Renisance Artisian, my brother sent it to me as a gift.
I am extremely honored and thrilled to be able to announce that I have been accepted as a Roycroft Renaissance Artisan. I knew I wanted to be a part of this family of artists after seeing all of the high quality work bearing the historic Roycroft mark, while visiting the 31st National Arts & Crafts Conference in Asheville, North Carolina last February. I was so overwhelmed by all of the encouragement I received from my fellow artists to pursue this adventure. I have never met such a supportive and humble group of genuine individuals, and knew I wanted to be a part of this group. This experience has meant a lot, hearing the encouragement and excitement from my mother, brother and friends, but only wish my dad could have experienced this with me, as well.
The amazing staff over at American Bungalow magazine gave me such a beautiful write-up for one of my recent paintings, Glowing Monterey Shore! I am spotlighted in the New and Noteworthy section. I really appreciate the kind words about my work. Make sure to check out their newest issue, Spring 2018 on store shelves now.
"WOW, my dad surprised us with a wedding gift of Radiant Yosemite Valley and we absolutely loved it. I immediately made my husband hang it up above our fireplace, where it looks truly spectacular! Just WOW!"
- Paula S., recipient
Thank you for sharing a photo of my artwork so prominently displayed above the fireplace in your home. I love receiving these snapshots and sharing them with my viewers.
I am honored that my work was chosen to be an expression of love from a father to his daughter to commemorate her marriage. It is truly rewarding to see others enjoying the work that I have poured my myself into creating.
While visiting, the 31st National Arts & Crafts Conference I decided to stay at the Omni Grove Park Inn with its breathtaking views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The day I arrived, they were having walking tours to introduce guests to the beautiful inn and its incredible history. This Arts and Crafts Inn was built in one year and was completed in 1913 using granite stones mined from the Sunset Mountain and filled with original Roycroft furnishings and fixtures. It is truly a sight to see! Can’t wait to come back!
This past weekend, I attended the 31st National Arts & Crafts Conference, the largest three-day conference and contemporary crafts and furnishings show held in Asheville, North Carolina. I had such an amazing time, met genuinely nice people and found it extremely informative. There were hundreds of antique vendors and contemporary craftspeople lining the corridors with furniture, pottery, textiles, and fine art. Everybody hear is so nice, helpful and encouraging. I have had so many people whose work I respect telling me that I should have my work here, which has been extremely encouraging. I am hoping to get a booth and bring my artwork to the conference next year!
I have been very busy working on Luminous Misty Falls, my painting of Vernal Falls in the Yosemite Valley. So far, I have completed a little over a third of the painting with the foreground waterfall and the trees still needing to be finished. It has taken me some time to get myself back into my paintings after losing my father, but I have finally been able to reengage in my artwork. I hope to have this newest painting finished near the end of March, first of April.
Here is a sneak peek of a section of the middle-ground, background and sky from this latest painting. I used a late afternoon sky filled with golden clouds to emphasize the glowing mist of the waterfall spray. I am looking forward to seeing this summer setting alongside my spring themed Stunning Liberty Cap.