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 […]

Figuratively Speaking – Mira Dancy

7/3/18 This week I’m back to visiting some contemporary art and came across Mira Dancy. Dancy came to painting through the encouragement of some college professors while at Bard College. She later received her MFA from Columbia University. Growing up as one of 10 children she recalls her mother giving birth at home and by […]

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 […]

Fatima Ronquillo A not so “Old Master”

5/10/18 Fatima Ronquillo emigrated to Texas from the Philippines when she was 11. She is a self-taught artist who without awareness, began her training when she entered Junior High School. I came across Ms. Ronquillo’s work on Instagram in a post by the AWA Foundation announcing a group show in Santa Fe, NM which includes […]

Art and the Feminine/Masculine – Louise Bourgeois

1/15/18 Sculptor,painter,printmaker and installation artist, Lousie Bourgeois through her work ignites emotion. Often disturbing and provocative Louise explores her inner emotional canvas through these varied mediums. What stood out to me most in the bit of research I did is her ongoing dialog about womanhood and suppression. Themes of confinement, relationship, and sexuality seemed to […]

Strength in Immediacy and Helen Frankenthaler

12/27/17 Helen Frankenthaler was an American icon in the era of Abstract Expressionism. She’s been credited with initiating the subsequent movement of Color Field Painting where simplified compositions using large masses of color became part of the canvas.   Her soak-stain technique was the pathway to this new form of abstraction and consisted of a […]

The Pseudonym a Necessary Tool

11/6/17 Did you know a number of women Abstract Expressionists resorted to changing their names to combat oppression by their male counterparts? Not an uncommon act throughout history really, but it’s always interesting to see this documented and validated in writing.   The artist I have featured here is Michael West (1908-1991). Michael West was […]