Alright, so a year and a half has gone by since my last post, so why post now? Well, after my Kickstarter project failed, I took some time to regroup and rethink my path forward. I am grateful to the people who pledged and supported the idea, and I’m still sad that I had to abandon the project. There’s nothing like a public failure to knock the wind out of you. However, instead of just quitting art altogether (How could I even fathom that!?), I started brainstorming new projects. After all this time, there’s little to show for it in the way of artwork, but I’m excited again to start putting pencil to paper and oil to canvas with the new ideas I have.
It seems only fitting, then, that I got a chance to show my entire series before moving ahead. I was recently asked to show my “little people” series in a solo show – my first one! Very exciting. The faculty at Laredo Community College in Laredo, Texas invited me to display drawings and paintings from my series in their beautiful gallery space at the Visual Arts Gallery inside their Visual and Performing Arts Center. The show is titled My Humble Existence. Here’s a write-up of the event.
Unfortunately, at this point, the month long show is only up til the 20th of February. When I returned to Charlottesville following the opening, I felt it was time to clean up my website, consolidate the online shop, and organize for future projects. I’m finally done with all that work, but I apologize for the late announcement to anyone who has followed me on this site.
Still, it was a fantastic show! I gave an artist talk about how I developed my concept, a drawing workshop demonstrating a technique using graphite and gouache, and a live TV interview with the local NBC station. I met some great people including young, curious art students. My work had been packed away for some time for the upcoming move back to Texas so it was quite an overwhelming relief and satisfying feeling to stand in the middle of the gallery, seeing years of work displayed on the walls for strangers to experience for the first time. All in all, I’m feeling good.
I still have some planning to do before I return to the workflow I had going before, but I’m looking forward to what’s next. Until then, enjoy the updated website and new shop page!