An American Abstract Expressionist

10/24/19 On a recent visit to a local library to peruse some art books I came across the artist Joan Mitchell. The bold color and sweeping strokes on the cover quickly caught my attention. Without too much reading I felt the expressive, energetic quality within each piece. The colors had a clarity about them and […]

The Need to Paint and be Patient – Carmen Herrera

3/3/19 When I come across stories about artists who bloom late in life I become curious about their journey. I learned about Carmen Herrera through such a story. Carmen had been actively painting for over 60 years before gaining any recognition. She was almost 90 before she sold a work.   Ms. Herrera’s exploration of […]

Julie Mehretu – Abstract Artist

8/21/18 I came across an article titled “Who are the Top 10 Most Expensive Living Women Artists?” I wasn’t sure what the relevance was with regard to such information and found the title a bit strange. I guess that’s why I kept reading! The article had to do with living women artists and compensation for […]

An Artist in Exile – Shirin Neshat

8/11/18 Art is informative. Sometimes more so than reading an article in a newspaper or watching a news feed on TV. I came upon Shirin Neshat unexpectedly and as I started to read more about her I realized I was getting a deeper perspective on an important part of our world and US history. It […]

Folk Art and Grandma Moses

7/13/18 When I think of the term “Folk Art” it conjures up the vision of art of the people. Wikipedia describes it as art created by an indigenous culture, peasants and tradespeople. In essence, it is art of the people. Folk Art encompasses a wide variety of mediums that are generally utilitarian in nature rather […]

Levina Teerlinc – A Master 16th Century Miniaturist

6/23/18 Have you ever come across an exhibit of miniature portraits? I remember seeing a small collection at a museum in Boston. I can’t remember if it was the MFA or the Gardner museum but I was immediately intrigued. It was as if the artist had miraculously created a masterpiece with all the detail of […]

Edmonia Lewis – Neo Classical Sculptor and Woman of Color

6/11/18 Born in Greenbush, NY in 1844 Edmonia Lewis became the first professional sculptor of African/Native American and Ojibwe heritage. Her work speaks to emancipation and revolved around aspects of the Civil War and abolitionist movement. Edmonia did not come from an affluent family. In fact she lost both her parents at the age of […]