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I want to thank Scott Roper and the Haas Gallery of Art at Bloomsburg University in PA for hosting AUNIVERSAL PICTURE. The exhibition looked fantastic, and I really appreciated the opportunity to visit and talk about my work. I also want to thank Jason Godeke for letting me visit his Drawing classes and demonstrate the processes and techniques relevant to charcoal modelling.
I want to thank Patrick Mauk, Eva Buttacavoli and all of the people that made GESTURE CONTROL possible at the Dayton Visual Arts Center (DVAC) in Ohio this season. It was an outstanding group exhibition and I greatly appreciated reconnecting with Wesley Berg and meeting new people, including the other exhibitors Tyler Bohm and William Potter. I used this as an opportunity to explore some large scale optical drawing in preparation for 8 to Create, coming up in Urbana, IL this spring.
I am very grateful to the Portland Art Museum, Bonnie Laing-Malcomson, Curator, the Northwest Arts Council and the Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Endowments for supporting a Center for Northwest Art in Oregon. It is truly an honor to have a solo exhibition in the APEX Gallery up now until March 13, 2016. This is the greatest achievement of my artistic career so far, and I cannot emphasize my thanks enough for this opportunity. Please check out the show if you are in the area and let me know what you think. Photo Credits: Dan Kvitka.
I am very grateful to Professors Al Denyer, Justin Diggle and Ed Bateman as well as the students, faculty and staff of the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Utah and the Christensen Visiting Artist Endowment for inviting me to visit in conjunction with my jurying the PaperWest Exhibition this year. I was fortunate to be able to do a live drawing demonstration and have critiques with graduate students there, and it was a sincere pleasure. Photo Credits: Amelia Walchli.
These are just two of the new drawings in progress I have been working on for multiple upcoming exhibitions. They represent a new body of work entitled COMEDIE, in which I am beginning to (re)explore issues of context and absurdity.
This is the final piece in the AUNIVERSAL PICTURE series of drawings. I am looking forward to transitioning to a new, but related, body of work moving forward.
This year’s annual self portrait corresponds to a term assignment I give my advanced life drawing students in the spring – life size figure to scale in a setting. I thought if I am going to give this assignment, I should do it myself. This was a very difficult drawing to do from observation but well worth the effort. Charcoal and pastel on paper / 50″ x 50″.
As a member of the Wyoming Arts Council Artist Roster Program, I was contacted by the City of Pinedale / Pinedale Arts Council to work with middle and high school students for a week in February, 2015. I greatly enjoyed the experience and hope to do more in service to the state moving forward. I want to thank Tim Ruland, Diane Mclean, Kandase Quinn (my former student and advisee at UW), and Jo Crandall (for her generous hospitality).
My thanks to Mike Sleadd, Scott McMahon, the faculty, staff and students of Columbia College in my home state of Missouri for an outstanding visit. I greatly appreciated the opportunity to interact with the community in conjunction with my solo exhibition there, especially the chance to conduct a public drawing demonstration over two days. Upon resolving the piece, I am donating it to the Sydney Larson Gallery and their collection. It will be a great honor for them to have one of my pieces as the facilitators of one of the country’s great annual juried exhibitions (and institutions), Paper in Particular. I am very grateful for being able to meet so many new people, and I wish them all the best moving forward.
Over the past year, I have been very fortunate to have participated in some really outstanding exhibitions. My sincere thanks to Phillip Michael Hook, Associate Professor at the University of South Dakota who curated SHADES: Contemporary Drawing last spring, which was probably one of the best shows I have ever been in, having as its theme participants who create drawings as an end product in addition to using it responsively in their process. I was fortunate to visit USD for the reception to meet some of the other artists in the exhibition and meet with students and faculty. I encourage everyone to check out Mike Sleadd, Chris Gantz and Alison Denyer. It was nothing short of an honor to have my work next to theirs in the show, and I continue to feel a sense of kinship with each of them.
Additionally, I was pleased to exhibit my work in a solo show at the Center for the Arts in Jackson, WY. I have shown there before, and I have always been extremely impressed with their facilities and strength of the staff. It’s the kind of place you want to work in.
Finally, I want to sincerely thank internationally recognized artist and figurative painter, Jerome Witkin, juror for the Texas National 2014 Exhibition at the Cole Art Center, Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, TX for selecting my work for the first place monetary award from among many other strong artists in the show and acquiring the piece above for his personal collection. This is one of the greatest honors of my career so far, and it means a great deal to have such a strong vote of confidence in the work I’m making.