I'm pleased to announce that I've been invited to participate in the group show "Earthly Possessions" at the Smithy Gallery in Cooperstown, NY this summer.
Among the paintings of mine selected was The Things We Carry.
Things We Carry, an oil painting montage of 8 women's purses
surrounding an image of symbolic purse contents, was inspired by the
book “The Things They Carried” by Tim O'Brien. In the book Mr.
O'Brien writes about the Vietnam War, it's aftermath, and what the
soldiers actually carried in their backpacks and the emotions they
carried both during and after the war. After reading the book, I was
intrigued by what women carry in their pocketbooks, both actual and
Other spring and summer venues I'll be participating in so far are:
2nd Annual Lion's Park Art Festival
May 26th (rain date May 27th)
Stockade Villager's Outdoor Art Show
This composition started as a value drawing. In figuring out the value structure I was able to visualize the drawing as a completed painting. I found that planning a painting in this way increases the likelihood that it will work out.