Monday, October 18, 2010

RADIO Interview!

I am so very excited to share with you an interview that aired today on a local NPR station - 88.5 WFDD's Triad Arts Up Close.  David Ford did an amazing job condensing our 30 minute conversation into an eloquent interview about my work as well as my philosophies on Art.  This interview coincides with an Artist Lecture that I will be giving at the Green Hill Center for NC Art in Greensboro this Wednesday October 20th at 5:30-6:30.  I will be talking about my work in general as well as my layered vellum drawings that are included in the Drawing Revisited exhibition. 

Thank you to David Ford for a wonderful first experience!  I am so honored to be on your fantastic radio program.

You can hear the interview by clicking "listen" on the following link: Triad Arts Up Close

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

People You May Know

(my painting Public Restroom pictured bottom left)

People You May Know a contemporary portraiture exhibition at the Durham Arts Council opens THIS Friday October 15th from 5 - 7pm in the DAC's Allenton and Seamans Galleries.  The exhibition will continue thru January 9, 2011.  Artists included in this exhibition are Daniel Allegrucci, Dave Alsobrooks, Maria Brubeck, Jacob Cooley, Alia El-Bermani, Titus Heagins, Dipika Kohli, Beverly McIver and Marianita Stevans.  

This exhibit has all ready gotten much attention from the press.  Here is an article that was featured in last weeks Durham News that pictured one of my paintings.  And here is another article that hit the paper today that includes several quotes from an interview of me on my work and the state of portraiture.  There are several other articles expected as well as a film crew on site at the opening reception.  It should be a fun night.  I hope you can join me.

If you care to read a previous post about this exhibition you can find that here
Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

It's Elementary

On Sunday, I had the distinct pleasure of working with two parents who have a child in my daughter's class.  Earlier this year, I was approached by the school's Art Teacher, who asked if I would be willing to do a video interview on portraiture for 3rd - 5th graders.  Well an interview turned into a video demonstration of a how I would approach the portrait in charcoal.  I asked one of the moms from the class if she could volunteer her time as my model.  She not only offered that, but also the very skilled hand of her husband, a professional film maker.  Whoa - no pressure now!  The three of us managed to have a fantastically funny and productive afternoon.  I was able (between out-takes) to present some pretty big concepts and technical approaches to the portrait, yet in an easily digestible way for any 3rd grader to understand (hopefully).  Here is the drawing that was created for the demo.  All in all, I think I had about 2 hours in on this drawing.  It will be fun to see the full edited version of the video and especially to hear of the children's reactions!  How amazing to be a part of something for our future artists.  Thank you to my fantastic model and her camera man.  Also, I am quite grateful to Mrs. M for the wonderful opportunity and for her extraordinary efforts to share her love of Art with our children.

Portrait Demo, charcoal on paper, 24" x 18"