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 […]

Nancy Shaver – The Inspiration in Challenge

10/21/18 Contemporary art tends to raise a lot of questions in my mind. Sometimes I’m not sure if it stretches my perceptions and understanding of art. With that being said I seem to keep coming back! I came across Nancy Shaver in a list of artists from a show Dime-Store Alchemy at the FLAG Art […]

Portia Munson – Recycling with a Message

10/7/18 When I came across Portia Munson’s work and started reading a little bit about it the word recycling came to mind but that’s not what this is about. Recycling might be my way of minimizing the painful message that is being brought forth. Munson works in a variety of mediums including: installation, sculpture, painting […]

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 […]

Marjorie Acker Phillips – Painter / Collector

3/15/18 Marjorie Acker Phillips is perhaps most known as co-founder of the Phillips Collection which is an “intimate museum combined with an experiment station.” Duncan Phillips This collection is located in in Washington, D.C. and was a collaborative effort of both Marjorie and Duncan. I became aware of Acker-Phillips at an exhibit that’s currently open […]

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 […]

Clementine Hunter – A Folk Art Legend

10/20/17 Clementine Hunter is noted to be one of the most important folk artists of all time and was a self-taught artist. Having grown up on a plantation in the late 1800s her father was a sharecropper and tenant farmer. Life was hard and Ms. Hunter grew up illiterate working the fields.     Ms. […]