These past few months have flown by and have been filled to the brim with commissions, mostly secret ones that will be unveiled sometime after the holidays. On top of those exciting and meaningful projects, I have been steadily preparing for a show at Georgia Southern University in January with a ceramicist Lois Harvey. Here is a sneak peek of the body of work created for that space. The show will run from January 11 - February 13 with an artist talk on February 11 at 5:00.
I have taken a step away from realism for this show to address a pivotal moment in my life. History whether political, economical, visual or literary is there for us all to pull from - a reference tool. It is a place to build ideas upon the knowledge of mistakes and successes that others have made. I often find my work is drawn to representing the mistakes and pivotal moments that have shifted or changed my own path, my own history. There have been a few huge shifts in my life that have changed my role within...
As the temperatures cool outside and the rain runs down the windows next to me I sit at my computer reflecting on my past month! My family and I went on an epic 11 day adventure from coast to coast to celebrate couples from both sides of the family. We were so blessed to be surrounded by people we love and to be able to see the breathtaking sights along the way. As we were traveling some wonderful things were in the works, two commissions were sent on their way to their happy owners, five pieces were sent up to Williamsburg, VA for a show with the Linda Matney gallery, and two of my pieces were published in the magazine Traditional Home. This next month I will be preparing for two upcoming shows as well as working on commissions. December is on the quick approach if you have something in mind for a gift.
This piece was a surprise wedding gift commissioned from Florida. What a joy it was to recreate such a special moment.
As September begins to unfold before me today I have been planning my timeline for the commissions that I have rolling in. I am thrilled to be working on not just one but three surprise paintings this month. Each client came to me with an idea, a story, a purpose, and an image. I love to be able to work with a client on an idea to bring some joy to another person in their life. I couldn't be more excited about each of these projects. Be on the lookout in the next few months for more details on these special projects. I am also enthused to be working for the second time in a row on a Client's christmas card. He always has a special image in mind that he wants to share with the people in his life and I am more than happy to help with a project like that.
Fresh off of a weekend at Cary Lazy Daze and I am feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. Meat market images were the big sellers that Saturday and I received some great feedback from potential custo...
How can it already be the middle of August? This summer was filled with so much goodness it just flew by! I have been working on pet portrait commissions and getting ready for a busy fall of events. Looking for a Jean Gray original? Put these dates on a calendar...
August 22 you can find me at Cary Lazy Daze in Cary, NC
September 12 you can find me on Fayetteville Street in Raleigh, NC during Hopscotch Festival
In December you can find six new watercolor still lifes at Greenhill during their Collector's Choice in Greensboro, NC
In January, you can find me at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, GA where I will be showing and giving a lecture with Lois Harvey
In the meantime, I am busy working away at commissions that are rolling in. Have a project that is dear to your heart? The rest of this year is booking up quickly, so email me to get your slot!
Image: Oil painting of Lukas the dog, entrusted to me by Charles, what a joy to paint!
I find such satisfaction in going out in the plein air and sketching, especially in the urban environment where geometric shapes exist directly next to the organic elements. Sketching these two side by side always proves to be an exciting challenge. Monthly I try to make an urban sketching group that meets at the Contemporary Art Museum (CAM) here in Raleigh. Come out and meet with us next time.
Recently some of our urban sketches were featured in the Walter Magazine as well as one of my own. There is a quick blurb about our group here...
It was a great pleasure to work with Kara Cox Interiors on her recent dressing room in the JL Traditional Showhouse for the Furniture Market. Links are below for a few blogs that discussed the rooms inside the house. Peruse and enjoy!
This month is flying by! I have been busy with portrait and design projects. Here is a small taste... I was thrilled this month to capture the loving face and energy of Pearl. I was also lucky to work with the beautiful and tactile products of Essential Montessori to create branding products for their business. If you have a youngster in your life you should check them out! They handmake gorgeous products for young hands and minds.
This month I have been excited to work with many different venues. There are two nudes that are on display in Burlington at the JL Traditional ShowHouse, two oil paintings on display at Trig Modern in Raleigh, and I am prepping final details today for Cary Spring Daze that will be happening this upcoming Saturday. Work that will be on display and for sale are the final images of the Fruits of our Labor watercolors. I will have some new work on display as well so come on out to support!
I am very excited to announce that two of my nudes will be in the dressing room of the Junior League of High Points Designer Showhouse 2015 for the Furniture Market. I had the great pleasure of working with a Greensboro, NC designer Kara Cox who had a very clear vision of the space she wanted to create. Her motto "clean, modern details with classic Southern style. Rooted in tradition but updated for today’s lifestyle." It was a joy working with her to complete these images. Doors will open to the public starting Saturday, April 18 - Sunday, April 26 and Friday, May 1 - Sunday, May 3 from 11:00 am - 6:00 pm daily.
Visit http://jlhpshowhouse.com for more information. Visit http://www.karacoxinteriors.com to learn more about Kara Cox Interiors.