IGOR at Principle Gallery

IGOR at Principle Gallery

Honored to have my painting “Radish Bunch” juried into this exciting exhibition. If you’re in the area, please stop by! Here is the info: WHO:  Principle Gallery  & International Guild of Realism Member Artists  WHAT:  10th annual exhibition & reception for juried winners WHEN:  The exhibition will hang from August 18 to September 18. Reception for artists (free and open to the public): Friday, August 28, 2015, 6:30 PM to 9 PM WHERE:  Principle Gallery, 208 King Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314  Founded by a group of renowned realist artists in 2002, the International Guild of Realism (IGOR) now represents the work of over 370 members from over 35 countries. IGOR prides itself in selecting today’s finest realist artsts through a jury committee. In addition to recognizing these artists, the organization seeks out exhibition opportunities, provides their members with professional assistance, and connects these artists with collectors. Along with holding annual exhbitions, IGOR organizes museum tours throughout the country to showcase their members’ work. Most recently, IGOR launched the Masterworks of the International Guild of Realism, which began at the prestigious RW Norton gallery in Shreveport, Louisiana and will move onto the Appleton Museum of Art in Ocala, Florida and then to the Albany Museum of Art in Albany, Georgia. Principle Gallery is happy to host IGOR’s 10th annual exhibition, which will feature a blend of contemporary and classical realism and styles such as trompe l’oeil, magic realism and photo realism. Stop by the gallery anytime from August 18 to September 18 to see the amazing work of this year’s winners. Celebrate their accomplishment at the reception on August 28! About Principle Gallery: With locations in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia and historic Charleston,...
The Periwinkle Finish Line

The Periwinkle Finish Line

  Winter often rolls casually into the DC area, but then anchors itself firmly - immovable and resolute. In that seemingly endless freeze, I cling to thoughts of the hidden life sleeping in the bare branches and frozen ground. Potential is pent-up and the key word for me becomes ‘endurance.’ Though each year I start my course with plenty of resolve to pace myself, somewhere in the midst of snow shoveling and dragging weeks of tense muscles braced against the cold, the winter wilt begins and I lose my stride - somehow reduced to inching forward against bitter headwinds, dreaming of tropical beaches. Then suddenly one eventual day…hope! A warm sun appears and for a few delightful hours my heavy coat and I part ways. Of course, that first fine day is a just a tease - a fleeting vision or a glad prophecy to lean towards, to grasp in faith. The intermittent sun sparsely punctuates the calendar, a jerky rhythm of stops and starts - one day warm, five days cold, watching highs and lows and counting. And the last flurries of snow drift here and there. But finally on one perfectly random day like today, it becomes an absolute certainty that winter is really and truly gone. The earth has turned, and spring is facing fully towards me, gushing out warmth and light everywhere. My frigid marathon ended, I gratefully clutch a bouquet of first-time-this-spring moments: sunning with morning tea, discovering the pointy lily-of-the-valley shoots piercing up through the crusted soil, leaving the studio door wide open. One deep fresh breath and I drop to the damp...
Angel with Lilies and Pomegranate

Angel with Lilies and Pomegranate

During this Advent season, many of us are likely to be thinking of angels a little more. This painting, titled “Angel with Lilies and Pomegranate,” is one which I painted a number of years ago when I often incorporated traditional Christian symbols in my work. Throughout the centuries of art and faith, many meanings have been assigned to various objects, creating a readable narrative. Of course, the objects can have more than one meaning, but I particularly liked the use of the pomegranate as a symbol of the church - many seeds (believers) in one universal church. And sometimes they bleed. If you’ve ever hastily cut open a pomegranate, you’ll know this to be true. These are extremely difficult times for so many Christians around the world. The angel holding the pomegranate reminds us of God’s watchfulness - His enduring protection over the church, even in the worst of times. The lilies in this context represent resurrection and eternal life. Gratitude for His presence in our lives… and prayers for those who suffer for their...
Annunciation

Annunciation

How many times have we seen this brilliant, transcendent image of Leonardo Da Vinci’s “Annunciation” and paused to consider the miracle moment when Mary was greeted by the angel Gabriel with the most astounding news? It’s the moment Mary said “yes” to God’s Word to her and nothing has been the same since. I am so grateful to have access to Leonardo’s sublime depiction of this unfathomable moment. The power of art to reflect and amplify can be profound and, in this case, provides a glorious tool for meditating on this Earth-altering event. I came across this post from Dominus Venustas and had to share her pairing of Leonardo’s painting with Roger Scruton’s quotes. Artists have followed the call of beauty and in doing so have given our world meaning. The masters of the past recognised we have spiritual needs. For Plato, beauty was the path to God. While thinkers of the Enlightenment saw art and beauty as ways in which we save ourselves from meaningless routines and rise to a higher level. Art and music shine a light of meaning onto ordinary life. Through them we are able to confront the things that trouble us and find consolation and peace in their presence. Extract from Beauty by Roger Scruton. *I could not have said it better if I tried* full...