Art and Anger

11/8/19 Anger rests inside me without my awareness. Do you resonate? Over time, becoming skilled at “stuffing” it I suffered in silence. It’s destructive nature lived in my body manifesting in other forms of expression. Art wasn’t one of them, but the feelings were there, brewing. A poison all too familiar to my soul. Why? […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Eva Hesse – A Post Minimalist Leader

3/5/18

So often in life, it’s through
tragedy that evolution and
creativity emerge. This seems
like a constant theme with artists.

Eva Hesse, had a short lived but
provocative career. She is credited
with being one of the first artists
to move from Minimalism to Post
Minimalism. Post Minimalist work
uses Minimalism as a starting point
but strays from that, often 
incorporating handmade or elements
of craft. […]

16th Century Feminist – Artemisia Gentileschi

1/30/18 Women throughout history have often fought for their place in what’s historically been a male dominated world. Forms of abuse or suppression from full participation in life are apt motivators toward rebellion of all kinds. For Artemisia Gentileschi like many other women artists the story isn’t so different. Born in 1593 she was the […]

The Shaped Canvas – Elizabeth Murray

1/24/18 Grafitti Art, Pop Art? What is it? Elizabeth Murray is recorded as being part of the Neo-expressionist period. I’m not sure I totally agree with that as she seems to me a little less easy to define. Murray, set out to become an illustrator in the late 50’s. Her mother had wanted to be […]

Abstract Expressionist – Lee Krasner

12/12/17 Lena(Lee) Krasner is probably most commonly known as the wife of Jackson Pollock. However, she deserves her own recognition as a female icon in the world of Abstract Expressionism. Born in the United States in 1908 just a few weeks after arriving with her mother and siblings from Russia to meet up with their […]

Mother’s Day and the Watercolor Paintings

5/14/17 Notes to Myself: Mother’s Day. I’m a mother with a daughter. And a daughter without a mother. At times I think I’ve felt like an empty cable car. It’s hard to remember what my mother looked like it’s been so long since her passing. I was 24. Last night I remembered some watercolor paintings […]