This year I am focused on making new work and looking towards future exhibitions. I am especially excited to be using a new technique that expands my vocabulary in abstract painting. In 2018 I received a Professional Development Grant from the Illinois Arts Council to take a workshop with fine artist and printmaker, Jeffrey Hirst.https://www.jeffreyhirst.com/ The workshop, Screen-printing Onto/Into Encaustic, covered the techniques developed by Jeff for incorporating silkscreen printing with encaustic painting. Jeff generously assisted me in producing three screens that I have used so far to make some new paintings, with more on the way.
Here are three small sample boards I developed after the workshop and some phone pictures of three larger paintings I have made in my studio. The results are very exciting to me.
I have been invited to participate in a group show, “A Sense of Place in Contemporary Encaustic” that will be juried by artist Lisa Pressman, curated by Karen Bright, Professor of Art and Design at Monmouth University, and guest curated by Oregon-based artist Kathleen Curtis Cosgrove. This exhibition will take place at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, New Jersey from September 20 to December 9, 2019. I am very honored to have received this invitation and will be showing 1 -3 paintings chosen by the juror.
Additionally, I have been invited to show work in the theater lobby gallery of the South Shore Arts Center in Muncie, Indiana in early 2020. This will be a two person show with the second artist still to be determined. I am very pleased to have the opportunity to show in such a beautiful venue where many visitors attending performances at the Arts Center will see my work. I will share more information as the details become known.