Heading to Kentucky

It's not easy going small with my medium. The smaller I go with the overall size the poorer the clarity of the piece. With that being said, I'm happy to be in my first show outside of Texas and at a small arts competion at that. My work "Mary Too" will be on display at the MS Rezny Gallery in Lexington, Kentucky July 16th through August 31st 2019. If by some coincidence you find yourself in Lexington this summer, please sop by and see the show.



Mary's in Aust

I'm happy to say that my piece "Mary" will be on display at the AO5 Gallery for the East Austin Studio Tour this year.

It's kind of a bitter-sweet personal victory of mine. When I was still in school in the summer of 2003, I made it a mission to get my artwork into a gallery, which only consisted of small linoleum cut prints from my previous semester of printmaking. They weren't the best, and their subject matter was kind-of all over the place, but they were far from bad. So almost everyday that summer I would park downtown and with my portfolio in hand, would walk to a different gallery guided only by a small "Austin Art Map" that I picked up at the Hilton hotel lobby. Most galleries would look at my work, give me some suggestions, and then let me down easy. For some reason the person managing what was then called Art on 5th acted like I was wasting their time. Hearing "No" wasn't a big deal to me, but to be treated like I was an idiot for walking into their gallery was the only time that summer that I wondered if I was making a mistake. Shortly after that I was asked to participate in an art show at Gallery Lombardi, which sadly closed its doors permanently almost a decade ago. 

So sixteen years later I'm asked to have my art shown at one of the bigger art events in Austin at a gallery with which I have a personal history. I've grown, my art's different, and the gallery is different. It's a nice thought knowing I've come this far, far enough to change the past.



Day of the Decade

While I'm contemplating over the next subject matter(s) for my art, I revisited an old Day of the Dead piece I did eight years ago. The woodworking tools I use have shrunk and my application has softened since using hardwood with stain instead of using painted plywood. This gives me the ability to have more detail at a smaller size. The original work was 24 inches by 24 inches, and that was as small as I worked due the loss of detail if I attempted to make art smaller than that. The new version is now two thirds smaller at 8 inches by 8 inches. I still feel I lost some detail going that small, but it turned out a lot better than if I had attempted it in my old carving style, where the image would have been completely unidentifiable. This exercise was more for me to see how far I've come rather than to just make new art... or, make old art... again.



ART214 2019

It was a pleasure to apart of Dallas Arts Month 2019. I was lucky enough to get two pieces included at two different venues for my first time participating. The Moody Performance Hall was a large beautiful building that had nice small lobby areas that housed not much more than twenty pieces in total. All the art was good and very diverse. The South Dallas Cultural Center was more of the standard art gallery and had over sixty amazing pieces on display. The Cultural Center's reception turn out, despite the horrible weather, was great to say the least. Good to mingle with artist and art lovers alike.


Shadow Box Conversion

The past few months I've been converting my older pieces from last year to now have custom made shadow boxes. For my first work to be completed in 2019, "Mother and Child", I decided needed something different than the normal frames I've been making the past five years. (Five years! Wow, time flies.) I took it upon myself to try and make a shadow box for the first time and it ended coming out not too terrible. Over the last month or so I've realized that it involves more woodworking skill but comes together easier than a regular frame now that I've figured out their initial construction. It's one of those things where I kick myself for not attempting to make them sooner because I really like how much depth the shadow boxes give my art.