Big Buckles

This past winter I was awarded an artist residency fellowship at the Virginia Center for Creative Arts (VCCA) in Amherst, Virginia. I think this retreat is truly heaven on earth for an artist. Everything seems to thrive here even in the dead of winter. Because the residency holds an equal number of writers,vcca composers and visual artists at any one time I began to see words floating in the mist and music raining down in sheets.

A heart felt thank you to the wonderful VCCA Director and all the professional staff for your generosity and kindness. One of the most memorable things about my time at VCCA this winter was the dear life long friends I made. We shared an amazing wealth of camaraderie. It was a special group of artists.

Big Buckles

Each painting in my series, Big Buckles, serves as a pastoral handshake between deep reservoirs of abstraction and the calm found in the hazy milieu of warm southern charm.

For generations the oral tradition of gospel music and the spoken word have been the currency of the south. Playing musical chairs in the old- growth forests surrounded by the sound of trains makes for the perfect day.

Winter 2016

Visitation, wax, pigment, ink, 20″ x 20″
Wash Away, wax, pigment, ink, 20″ x 20″
Founders, wax pigment, ink, 20″ x 20″
Honey Child, wax, pigment, ink, 20″x 20″

Oil and ink on Arches, 18″ x 24″

Scrambled Eggs and Toast
Pastoral Handshake
Nesting Instinct