Last Year in Review

In 2010 instead of making several quantifiable goals to achieve during the year I decided to have my actions defined by two words -- growth and inquiry. The goal was to have all my art related activities be supported by the idea that every action must promote growth and inquire more into the practice of art.

Initially having these two words as my new year's resolution did not seem to change much, but as time went by I realized they did. This is because I was more willing to experiment and scrape down and start over, and being willing to take a chance and fail because a product was not my primary goal.

I feel certain that the wonderful experiences gained throughout 2010 would not have been possible if I had not embraced an inquisitive outlook and made artistic growth my main priority. During the year I did not set out to accomplish specific tasks or goals, instead I just went about everyday trying to do the best I could.

Some highlights of the year include being honored to be the student of several talented and skilled artists in the DC area. In 2010 I took classes from Robert Liberace, Jonathan Linton, Kurt Schwarz, Rick Weaver, and Danni Dawson. I owe special thanks to Danni for being so generous with her time and knowledge. It is because of her encouragement that I began applying to the several national jurieds shows that I was fortunate enough to have paintings accepted into.

Here are some of the highlights of the year:

. Rawls Museum Arts Annual Juried Show - Courtland, VA. Being in this show lead to being invited to participate in a group show in Suffolk, VA at Shooting Star Gallery.

. Salmagundi Annual Non-Member Juried Show - New York, NY. And my painting was one of four selected for the show's poster.

20100211 three apples on crate
{Three Apples on a Crate}
8" x 16" (20.3 x 40.6 cm) – Oil Canvas Panel
. Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club 114th Annual Open Juried Exhibition - New York, NY
20100406 Daffodils and Pears 24x18
{Daffodils and Pears}
24" x 18" (61 x 45.7 cm) – Oil on Canvas

. Audubon Artist Annual Juried Show - New York, NY

20100708 peaches 18x24
{Fresh Peaches}
18" x 24" (45.7 x 61 cm), Oil on Linen

. Allied Artists of America 97th Annual Juried Exhibition - New York, NY

20101010 Birdnest and Bottle 14x11
{Still Life with Bird Nest and Bottle}
14" x 11" (35.6 x 28 cm) - Oil on Linen

. The Art League Gallery Juried Shows, Alexandria, VA. I have been juried into enough shows to now be a part of the Bin Gallery membership.


2010 was a rewarding and fulfilling year, thank you for being a part of it!