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Saturday, July 30, 2016

The Salmagundi Club Juried Painting and Sculpture Exhibition


Founded in 1871, the Salmagundi Club is one of the oldest art organizations in the United States. Housed in a historic brownstone mansion in Greenwich Village, this clubs offers classes, exhibits, demonstrations and auctions promoting representational American art.

The club encompasses three galleries, an elegant period parlor, restaurant, a bar with vintage pool tables and a library. The library walls are adorned with the palettes of previous painters, it is one of my favorite places in Manhattan. It is truly a walk through history.



The Salmagundi Club owns over 1500 works of art spanning its 140 year history with a membership of nearly 850 artists and patrons. Members included N.C. Wyeth, Louis Comfort Tiffany, Thomas Moran, Childe Hassam and two of my favorite painters, Emil Carlsen and William Merritt Chase. Honorary members have included such luminaries as Sir Winston Churchill, R. Buckminister Fuller, Paul Cadmus, Al Hirschfeld, Thomas Hoving and Schuyler Chapin. 

This non member juried annual show allows artists from all over the nation to exhibit their work in the Salmagundi's club prestigious upper gallery. It is such an honor to have my artwork included in this exhibit. 


Located at 47  Fifth Avenue,  New York,  New York 10003


Monday, July 18, 2016

100 Daily Paintings Completed and New Works

  Completed the 100 Paintings in 100 Days! What a challenge! I am extremely grateful to all those who  supported the daily posts with comments, suggestions, shares,"likes" and of course purchases.
I managed to teach five classes a week while doing this and was able to present a new series to my gallery as well.
 Painting was the easy part, I never ran out of ideas, but this was quite a learning curve as far as photographing, uploading, getting images on social media, (those of you who know me are aware I don't embrace social media) create the individual paypal buttons and upload to various websites.
Ok, maybe painting was not easy some days- the pile of rejected paintings reached my height.
  I am glad I did it, learned so much but I do not feel I ever have to create such stress in my life again! I am focusing the summer months on plein air painting around Tappan, New York - there are so many charming spots in this little hamlet. I will miss the still life setups but winter will be here soon enough.  It is quite humid in New York but as my back drips with sweat, and the mosquitos are buzzing by my head (and yes - right into my painting at times) I am extremely grateful  that I get to do what I love. Thank you again for all your support!

I am honored to be part of this exhibit at the Salmagundi Club in New York.  
 Weekdays open 1-6pm,  weekends open 1-5pm.
Reception is July 29 from 7:00 - 9:00.

100 Daily Paintings Completed!

  Completed the 100 Paintings in 100 Days! What a challenge! I am extremely grateful to all those who  supported the daily posts with comments, suggestions, shares,"likes" and of course purchases.
I managed to teach five classes a week while doing this and was able to present a new series to my gallery as well.
 Painting was the easy part, I never ran out of ideas, but this was quite a learning curve as far as photographing, uploading, getting images on social media, (those of you who know me are aware I don't embrace social media) create the individual paypal buttons and upload to various websites.
Ok, maybe painting was not easy some days- the pile of rejected paintings reached my height.
  I am glad I did it, learned so much but I do not feel I ever have to create such stress in my life again! I am focusing the summer months on plein air painting around Tappan, New York - there are so many charming spots in this little hamlet. I will miss the still life setups but winter will be here soon enough.  It is quite humid in New York but as my back drips with sweat, and the mosquitos are buzzing by my head (and yes - right into my painting at times) I am extremely grateful  that I get to do what I love. Thank you again for all your support!

I am honored to be part of this exhibit at the Salmagundi Club in New York.  
 Weekdays open 1-6pm,  weekends open 1-5pm.
Reception is July 29 from 7:00 - 9:00.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Tools of the Trade! Trekell, Gamblin, Vasari and Ampersand

Often students request what materials and tools I use. My answer is always to explore as much as you can and find what suits your sensitivity, but I thought I would share what I use in my studio.

I recently found a new love; Trekell brushes. The Hog bristles come extra-long! The 400 MKF series is what I am currently using and love the flexibility and long shelf life! I like the way they hold a loaded brush and glide! They retain their shapes well and just feel "right" in my hand.

As far as paints I have become a dedicated Gamblin Fan. My entire paintbox is filled with Gamblin paint tubes.  Robert Gamblin is a very giving and generous man, and I love the company. It is priced quite fairly for the quality. Their rich pigments are always satisfying. I hope to visit the factory the next time I am in Portland Oregon.

There are a few tubes from Vasari, mainly flesh tones. I have visited their showroom in NYC and have great results with their creamy beautiful colors. I always find it so exciting opening a new tube of paint; I have never gotten over that feeling!

As far as surfaces I have  been using Ampersand Archival museum quality gesso board for years. Quite often my students have a hard time and prefer canvas. Everyone is different with different sensitivities.  I prefer the slippery/slide quality because it forces me to apply with a loaded brush and broader strokes. After the initial first day of application and the panel has dried overnight, I resume painting and the brushstrokes really lie on top and there is less slipping. I still try a canvas now and then but find myself fighting with the texture. I also feel more confident when shipping a panel,  as opposed to a canvas, to clients, galleries or juried shows.
 I emphasize trying new mediums and tools; make your own choices! I still explore but have remained loyal to these companies because of their quality, perseverance and their MADE IN THE USA labels!

Trekell has picked my paintings for their January Artist of the Month!
Take a look at www.trekell.com

January Artist of the Month at www.trekell.com



I am please to announce The Art Students League has awarded me with a 2016 Distinguished Artist Scholarship for a one month residency. I cannot wait to once again paint in the studios of this Lower Hudson Valley campus!



Sunday, December 6, 2015

Happy Holidays! Give The Gift of Art

Hope everyone is enjoying their holidays, the weather in the North East has been especially kind. 
Giulio's has once again created a wonderful holiday atmosphere, and you can shop while you dine! They serve an awesome calamari! - and with private rooms, its a great place for holiday gatherings!
Thank you once again Anthony and Michael Fasciano for the opportunity to display my artwork. All paintings are framed and ready to hang.


Geary Gallery in Darien, Connecticut is doing a small works show and a Holiday Showcase. There is always an abundance of talented artists exhibiting their work. I am grateful to be one of them this year! Thank you Anne and Tom Geary for creating such a great gallery.
Their framing selection is unbelievable as well, if you have time stop in! 


Piermont Library is having their annual Gift of Art Show, actually all of Piermont is celebrating having their Holiday Festival. Do not forget to check out Piermont Straus and Flywheel Gallery too. 
The library will be exhibiting local artists with the theme this year being "The Hudson River," all proceeds from the show will benefit the library's operation and programming budgets.

Thank you for your continued support in the Arts. 
Hope your holidays are filled with warmth and happiness.


Monday, October 12, 2015

Fall Paintings and Venues

I am thrilled to resume teaching this Spring. Classes will be on Fridays starting April 1 and run through June 3. Focus will be on still life painting and landscapes. Spaces are limited so please 
call 201-767-7160 to register.

These latest works will be shipped out to galleries this week,

Heaven's Grace



Feeling Blue

Odd One Out

Mumford and Suns……get it?


Morning Cider


Other Paintings will be exhibited at Giulios in Tappan, NY


Thank you for all your comments on my recent postings on Daily Paintworks! 

I did the painting below while trying to paint a portrait. The still life was set up on the other side of the room. As the model took her breaks, I just couldn't resist trying to capture this beautiful little vase and the light falling on the blossoms, so I had two paintings on my easel at the same time. Probably not a great idea especially because I was struggling with the portrait…but I really liked the way this little 8x10 came out. Its amazing how one can agonize over a painting for days and it just not work - then sometimes it just feels right and everything just falls into place. I am glad someone feels the same way about this piece. 
Gentle Mornings   SOLD

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Small Works make Big Things Happen

Islip Museum of Art Exhibit: "Pocket Sized"June 28 – September 13, 2015 Curated by Rhonda Cooper
  "In today’s art world, where the notion that bigger is better seems to be too-often taken for granted, it’s refreshing to see that contemporary artists are continuing to produce work on a small scale as well. While small-scale paintings and sculptures, or maquettes, have often been produced as preliminary studies for larger-scale works, the artists represented in the IAM’s current exhibition demonstrate that small works hold a valid and unique place of their own in an art world often dominated by more sizable creations."
  I submitted to this show via email at the last minute. Having two pieces selected for the show I decided to venture out and go to reception not knowing what to expect. This museum is tucked away in East Islip, New York and while one may drive by since it is hidden by trees, it is quite a small gem.

 There are two main galleries and a main hall filled with small "Pocket Sized" artwork. The sunlight flowed into the rooms and accented all archways creating a delightful setting to view art.

    Crimson & Clover   oil    5"x5"         Thank you Mr. Perkins  oil  8"x8"


The Elizabeth V. Sullivan Gallery
Curated by Naomi Campbell
Reception: Saturday  July 11  2-5
Orangeburg NY
  The first summer Juried Exhibit features over 30 diverse works from artists living in and influenced by the rich artistic culture in the lower Hudson Valley.


"Symphony" oil 30" x 30" was created at Vytlacil on a rainy day while completing a one month residency and then finished up in studio. I had been working on a series of small paintings and then decided to take the largest canvas I had and go outdoors.
 When approaching a painting, size matters. Sometimes I feel more intimate and hope to produce a small treasure, other times I feel like shouting, singing and dancing so I need a big canvas!     
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