I have been working diligently for months on paintings for a show that I consider one to be of the most important shows in my career yet. I will be showing alongside Mia Bergeron for a two-person figurative show in Charleston at the Robert Lange Studios gallery. Mia Bergeron is one of my favorite portrait painters out there right now, so to be able to show alongside her (and maybe steal some of her clientele ;) ) is such a huge deal to me.
Since so many people have asked me, I thought I’d give the brief story of how I arrived to gallery. I went out to Charleston a couple of years ago. One of the reasons I went was to see a 3-woman show at Robert Lange Studios, of which Mia Bergeron was one of the participants. I chatted with the gallery director at the time, and friended them on Facebook. They started to see my work in their feed, and sent me an email a few months after I visited their gallery. They invited me to send work out, and later on participate in the “North Vs. South” group show. They liked what I sent, and so by the end of the year, they approached Mia and I to be in a two-person show together. Of course I was excited! Imagine, to come out to a gallery you like to see work of an artist you admire, and the gallery takes you in, then the gallery has you show with that same artist you admire! It’s one of those pay-offs that being an artist affords you.
In addition to some new paintings from previous series, I am debuting a new series I’ve been working on. The concept is titled “Proud Birds.” Part of the idea behind the concept (which I get into more detail in the latest American Art Collector magazine) is that I don’t believe a painting has to have a deep underlying meaning in it to be considered “high art,” and the peacock motif is a reflection of that idea.
There are more paintings from this concept that I will slowly reveal after the show opens. For now here are some teasers for the show.