I have created this blog to log my recent artwork and to make it available for viewing.
I believe an artist must make their story and process available to the public to develop and evolve.
Using mythological and environmental themes, I have found a voice in paint and mixed media, that engages my imagination and passion for nature and the slightly odd curiosity.
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Just finished my new designs for my very limited run of Holiday Art. Two new designs available as cards or small prints: Archival ink on heavy paper, hand painted details with glitter and metallic paint. Cards are approximately 5"W X 7"H, and prints are approximately 8"W X 10"H
Two Images from last year's designs are also available:
Some press and an interview with the author, Diana Love on the contest and her thoughts. Publishers Weekly Blog Not surprising, none of the entries matched her vision of the character....and non of the entries looked like any other entry! The power of the imagination!
Animal: Somalian or Nubian Wild Ass (probably extinct in the wild)
Mother Color: pthalo green
Flower: Red/Black Rose
24" X 36" Oil on Canvas
Considering the drought and famine in the Somalian region and the continuous political and tribal violence, this painting is more timely than I realized when I started putting the research together and began doing roughs for this series months ago.
I am pleased to have been chosen to participate in the "60 Boxes Project" a public art project with the City of Berkeley and Earth Island Institute. I just need a sponsor to choose my portfolio to actually be able to design a "Box" check out the link to find out
what the "Box" is....http://60boxesproject.blogspot.com
Newest art pieces for a series I call "Canary in a Coal Mine;Messages from the Natural World". The animals portrayed in the series are endangered species, the flower is the artist's emotional response to the animal portrayed.
These pieces show:
Loggerhead Turtle hatch-lings running for the sea, the flower is a Magnolia. Oil on canvas, 24"H X 36"W.
Emerald Hummingbird hovering in front of over sized Frangipani flowers, Oil on canvas, 24"H X 36"W
Castle Street Arts District Hosts Sea Turtle Festival to Benefit Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center
Wilmington, N.C. - Artists, musicians, and merchants of the Castle Street Arts District have joined forces with one another to create the first annual Sea Turtle Arts Rescue Festival/S.T.A.R.Festival to benefit the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center located on Topsail Island.
The Festival runs Friday and Saturday July, 8th and 9th beginning at 9:00 AM. The festival will be held in the 500 and 600 blocks of Castle Street, Wilmington, N.C.
The sea turtle rescue center is currently building a new hospital on donated land in Surf City, N.C. The center is a non profit organization and relies on donations to keep the center up and running. Caring for these precious and endangered creatures is a full time job for volunteers under Jean Beasley’s direction.
There will be a silent auction of more than 50 works of art by artists’ from across the U.S. with all the proceeds benefiting the sea turtle rescue center. Arts and crafts, live music, great food and drink, and activities for the kids are just a few of the exciting things planned for the festival.
Comments from participating artists:
" I was inspired to donate to the event and to attend for a number of reasons. I felt helpless and frustrated after the Gulf Oil Spill and had been in contact with a group of artist friends for several years on a couple of social network sites. When we began tossing the idea around for this fund raiser I finally saw a way to give back to people who were making a difference in saving some of the endangered wildlife either directly or indirectly. I have also decided to fly across country and attend the festival, bringing my support, some small pieces of recently created turtle art and my wish to finally meet the people that I have grown to know and love and to share in the cause that they have given so much time, creativity and love to." From Christine Rossi, an artist located in the San Francisco Bay area.
Kittie Rue Deemer, an artist from the town of Wake Forest, said, "When I saw the notice about the festival, and then looked at the mission and accomplishments of the Topsail Island turtle rescue group, I knew I must participate. The painting I created is of a green turtle skimming along the seabed. When I scuba dive, my holy grail is to see one of these guys in their native habitat. It's an honor to be able to donate to such a worthy cause."
Gina Locklear, owner of Gypsy Gina’s Arts and Antiques, added, "Castle Street’s new Arts and Antique District is really just getting started in it’s endeavor to become a thriving arts community. “We are thrilled to host this event and help the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Center with saving the lives of these precious and endangered creatures.” She went on to say, “ We believe getting involved with worthy causes is vital to our community and to give back is just the cherry on top of the cake.”
History of the Rescue Center
In 1996 a small group of dedicated volunteers with the Topsail Turtle Project stood on an empty lot in Topsail Beach. The group shared a dream....The Topsail Turtle Project was organized by Karen Beasley, as she saw the need to preserve and protect the SEA TURTLE nests, nesting females and hatchlings on the 26 miles of coastline on Topsail Island. After Karen's untimely death, the torch was passed on to her mother, Jean Beasley, today the Executive Director of both the nesting program and the rehabilitation center. The dream of a rehabilitation center was realized through the tireless efforts of the Beasley family, their financial support; the support of the project members, and the generous donations of money, time and material from local residents, businesses and visitors.
All ages are welcome to come and participate, enjoy the festivities, music, food and the turtle art. Remember all of the proceeds from the silent auction go to the turtle hospital program!
Sea Turtle Arts Rescue Festival: July 8th and 9th, from 9AM, Castle Street Arts District, (500 & 600 Blocks) Wilmington N. C.
My donation to the Festival, "The Queen and her Attendant" 20WX16H,charcoal & gouache on watercolor canvas panel
The First Annual ‘Sea Turtle Arts Rescue Festival’/S.T.A.R.to benefit The Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center
The Sea Turtle Arts Rescue /S.T.A.R. organization is proud to present the first annual Sea Turtle Arts Festival, July 8th and 9th from 9:00 am until 9:00 pm. The festival will be held in The Arts and Antique District, 500 & 600 blocks of Castle St., Wilmington, N.C. This event is FREE to the public and will include many fun things to see and do for the entire family.
Painters, clay, wood and metal sculptors, jewelry artists from across the U.S., will have work for show and sale. Many of the artists have donated pieces that will be included in a silent auction which will be held at The Cape Fear Playhouse, 613 Castle St., during the festival. 100% of the proceeds from the auction will go to benefit the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center.
“We have more than 50 works of art for the auction, including a hand-formed steel sea turtle complete with it’s egg-filled nest, by a New Hampshire metal artist, known as The Torchcutter.” said Bambi Chappell, a clay sculptor from Southport, N.C. who initiated the event.
Karen Wiles, a photographer from Hampstead, N. C., has donated a print of her award winning photo ‘Dawn of the New Year.’ She said, "I think it’s a perfect piece to be auctioned in the turtle hospital fundraiser, as it displays the absolute beauty of our local waters in North Carolina, which are so vital to the turtles and to all of us in this area. ‘Dawn of the New Year’ was taken on the first morning of 2011 and Topsail Island is shown in the background. This particular piece of artwork has won two art competitions, and earlier this month won an award in the Wilmington Art Association's Spring Juried Art Show as part of the ‘Azalea Festival’ art exhibits."
Jim Calder, world famous wood sculptor and carver, also know as ‘The Wizzard of Wood,’ will teach the elements of carving to children who bring a sweet potato to the festival. Jim says, "Sweet potatoes come in interesting shapes, they're easy to carve, and they dry into a brick-hard substance that retains the carving and actually resembles wood. The kids really get a kick out of it. The tools for carving the potatoes vary from pocket knives to sharpened popsicle sticks.” Gina Locklear, owner of Gypsy Gina’s Arts and Antiques said, “Jim Calder has also donated a life-size Tiki sculpture which everyone will have a chance to win just by making a purchase of $10.00 or more at any of the shops on the route. Your receipt will be your entry to win this magnificent work of art.”
There will be street performers, face painting for the kids, an old fashioned apple bobbing contest, sidewalk chalk art, and more. The organizers are particularly excited to present the line up of live bands which includes The Cosmic Groove Lizards and Transtrum, among others. Also of interest, New Guy Productions, a local Indy film company, will be documenting the two day festival.
Please visit The Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center website, to make a donation or learn more about the important work they do to save these precious creatures. http://www.seaturtlehospital.org/
For more information regarding the festival, contact Gina Locklear at 910-777-9629.
Humorous Art at Expressions Gallery Now thru June 17th Cartoon and Humorous Art is the show currently at Expressions Gallery in Berkeley. I have several Alice pieces in this show. "The Mad Tea Party" Just sold! Although the original is now gracing someone's home, prints will still be available. Come and see the show! It will be up during the East Bay Open Studios and we will be on the map. I will have prints available for sale as well as originals. For more information go to: www.expressionsgallery.org
March Solo Show at Creative Framing and Gallery in March Opens March 5 with a reception on March 19 from 6 to 8 Click on photo for more details. Click on link for information on Creative Framing and Gallery