Good morning! I hope that you have been enjoying a wonderful summer. Here in my studio, the last half of the summer has been quite eventful. With many deadlines approaching for various shows, there have been long hours punctuated by some good news.
Earlier in the summer I was invited to create a painting for the “Cats vs. Dogs” group exhibit at the Vendue in Charleston, SC (in partnership with Robert Lange Studios). A group of 40 artists were selected from hundreds of submissions to make works for the cat and dog themed exhibit. The exhibit is benefitting the Charleston SPCA. As an animal lover, I was thrilled to be invited to create a painting (not to mention the beautiful venue). I love all animals, but for the fun of the exhibit the artists had to choose if they would represent cats or dogs.
Bookmark was created for the show. The subjects of the image are my guy, David, and one of our two girls, Ernestine or “Ernie” – named for Ernest Hemingway (a favorite author of mine and a famed lover of cats). We adore her and she adores us – it’s a pretty good gig.
I never tire of seeing scenes such as this unfold in real time. I wanted to convey the ease, trust, and comedy in the daily routines of a family with cats. There is sweetness in her desire to join in every activity and, once experienced, one can’t help but have a deep love and affection for these glorious little creatures. And, there is great kindness in someone who doesn’t protest this type of hurdle but rather calmly finds a way to coexist with their smaller, furry family members. As anyone with cats will understand, sometimes you simply move part of the cat and continue reading.
In the painting I wanted to give a nod to the long connection between artists and cats. I chose to use Théophile Alexandre Steinlen’s iconic Le Chat Noir image and added Pablo Picasso’s Cat Devouring a Bird to the mug. (The steaming coffee so close to her back legs adds an exciting element of danger to a quiet morning of reading – and she sees something that has her transfixed. This might not end well…)
Cats vs. Dogs Exhibition runs from 10/19/2017 through April 2018
Reception: 10/19/2017 6 – 8 pm
19 Vendue Range, Charleston, South Carolina 29401
Oil Painters of America Eastern Regional Exhibition
Natural Selection was juried into the Oil Painters of America (OPA) Eastern Regional Exhibition to be held at Anderson Fine Art Gallery in beautiful St. Simons Island, Georgia. OPA is a not for profit educational organization and the first national organization to be established for the sole purpose of representing traditional, representational oil painters.
I am excited to be a part of this exhibition with so many accomplished and impressive artists.
The exhibition will run from November 17 through December 16, 2017. The Anderson Gallery will be hosting the opening reception and awards ceremony on Friday, November 17, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. for artists, friends, press and the public.
Anderson Fine Art Gallery
3309 Frederica Road, St. Simons Island, Georgia (United States)
Natural Selection was also selected as a Finalist in the June 2017 Bold Brush Painting Competition. Thank you to juror, David Kassan!
I hope you enjoy the last days of summer and I wish you beautiful days filled with inspiration!