While visiting, the 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 you 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.
Come stop by to see several new displays of my work peppered around this beautiful showroom just off Colorado Boulevard. If you are in the Pasadena area, this amazing staff would love to assist you in finding whatever you may be looking. Trust me, this store will not disappoint any admirer of the Arts & Crafts!
I have several new orders for customers and dealers ready to ship out today. Additional prints will be shipping out over the next few days. I really love seeing a collection of my prints assembled all together. The variety of images and locals looks awesome! With all the sales I keep having to order additional stock of supplies to fill any additional orders to avoid running out.
To say that this past year has been very challenging is an understatement. Sadly, last month I lost my best friend, my amazing and loving father. He was not perfect, and no one is, but I could not have asked for a better father, and he loved his family so much. He was always there for us, providing, encouraging and sacrificing throughout our lives. I am saddened when I hear others talk about how poor their relationships were with their fathers, and wish they could have a similar experience. I was truly blessed to have such a loving and supportive father in my life. He loved seeing my new landscape designs and enjoyed watching how enthusiastically my paintings were selling. Sadly, my father had been in and out of the hospital quite a bit this past year and recent issues led to him passing away. I still find it so hard to believe that he is no longer with us. I miss my dad so much each and every day. With everything that has been going on, I am going to need some time off before I resume working on one of my Dad's favorite upcoming designs.
I am so happy to report that you can now find my work on full display at this beautiful store in Salt Lake City, Utah. My work is accompanied by many other exquisite home furnishing items, decorative pieces and collectibles. If you find yourself in the area, you must stop by to check out the store and say hello to their friendly staff!
“We received our first set of framed prints! They are beautiful!! However, pictures do not do the prints justice compared to seeing them in real life. They are phenomenal!"
- Ben Haskell, Owner - Sugar House Furniture
Had another great visit and promising meeting in Yosemite last week. Unfortunately, the incredible views that Yosemite has to offer with the amazingly full waterfalls were greatly obscured by all the smoke from the nearby Mariposa fire. Even still, the beauty I observed on my hikes have me excited to complete some of my upcoming Yosemite landscape designs.
Sugar House Furniture is one of the premier specialty furniture stores in Salt Lake City. They provide quality crafted Mission furniture comprised of the finest solid woods. They also offer the finest accessories available, and are always looking for unique timeless and artistic items. I am excited to inform you that you will soon be able to find my work for sale in their beautiful store. From furniture to lamps to wall art and sculpture, they can help you find the perfect accessory for your home.
One of the charming stores that carries my work just sent me some pictures of my paintings hanging up throughout their showroom. If you find yourself in the San Diego area, try to make some time to stop by Craftsman Revival in Solana Beach to see my work in person. Pictures never do the paintings justice. Additional images can be found on my Facebook page.
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