I’ve been thinking a lot about growth and progress lately.  The picture above shows two paintings I made two years apart.  The one on the left is my most recent piece, the one on the right was painted in December 2017, one of my first encaustic grid paintings.  I realize looking at them that the new work could’t have been made without the earlier work.  One thing builds on the other. This month,  a lot of projects that have been in the works for a long time are coming to fruition.

For as long as I can remember I have dreamed about designing wall paper.  For a while I thought we might set up a print shop and hand print rolls of paper, but we decided to design a clothing line instead.  The wall paper idea seemed like it would never happen...until now!  On May 1,  a wonderful wall paper/art mural company called Area Environments will be launching their Spring 2019 collection featuring several designs which are faithful reproductions of my encaustic paintings, blown up to gargantuan proportions.  I can’t think of a more wonderful way to see that dream become a reality.  Visit www.areaenvironments.com to check it out.

I’m so excited to announce that I will be attending an artist residency in Iceland from May 6-31.  I’m off to the land of geysers, volcanos, Northern lights, icebergs, and, maybe even elves and trolls.  I visited Iceland on a family trip in November, and I can not wait to go back.  As someone whose work has always been influenced by the landscape, this place is very inspiring to me, and I can’t wait to see what develops in the weeks I spend there making art.

   Last, but not least, for you Ithaca locals, on Friday, May 3, there will be an opening at the Petrune Gallery, for a show I co-curated with Marina delaney and Ben Marlan.  The show is called “Tropicana” and features the work of artist members of the Cayuga Arts Collective, and the Ithaca Drawing Group. The theme is intended to jumpstart the season of sunshine, after a long cold winter.  Expect to see work in bright tropical colors evoking  jungles, beaches, sunshine, and warmth.  This show will be on display in the Petrune Gallery, during Petrune store hours during the month of May. 126 East State Street, second floor (the Commons), Ithaca, NY.  We hope to see you at the opening!