Taking a Hike

Today my husband and I (kids are visiting with grandparents this weekend) decided to take a small road trip out to Shenandoah National Park and hike up to Mary’s Rock.  The trail was quite rocky and it was 3.5 miles round trip.  I have always been a slow walker and there was no exception on this trip.  It took me about 3 hours to do the hike and, as usual, folks passed me on the way up, and on the way down.  Oh well, at least I can.  From Mary’s Rock you have a 360 degree view.

 

Arnaudville Experiment

My life never seems to get boring, and this couldn’t be more true right now.  As well as being an artist, I am also the president of a non-profit organization down in Arnaudville, Louisiana, Frederick l’Ecole des Arts.

In July we had a terrible blow to our organization when the building we shared with Town Market, Nunu’s Café (George Marks’s family business) caught fire and was a complete loss.  Since the fire it has been amazing to see the community of people, who have come to know us collectively as “NUNU’s”, rally together and work to raise funds so we can rebuild.  I recently got back from a trip down to Louisiana where our first fundraiser was held at Blue Moon Saloon and Guest House in Lafayette.  What a night!  Six bands donated their talent and time to help us out.  George and his Mom worked tirelessly serving food they used to prepare for the café.  So many volunteers stood by our side, rolling up their sleeves, doing whatever needed to be done.  My hats are off to all of you, with your help we can accomplish just about anything!

You can help us in so many ways.  One way is to follow this link, register and vote for the Arnaudville Experiment of which Frederick l’Ecole des Arts is a component.  This Place Matters, Arnaudville Experiment=Louisiana Culture.  This is a grant program through the National Trust for Historic Preservation and we can win this grant if we get the most votes.

We have a website listing our upcoming fundraisers called Phoenix Rising / Nunu’s where you can see what is going on.  Everyone is welcome!  If you can not attend a fundraiser, but would like to donate, you can make a donation to the organization on our secure Frederick l’Ecole website donation page : http://frederick-arts.org/donationform.html.  Please also consider becoming a member of the organization.

A Very Busy Summer

My first post on my new blog.  Welcome to all of you who are reading this.  The name of my blog, Reflections, is about the purest way I can express how I paint.

 

Okay, a little about me.  I’m an artist, a wife, a mom, and a pretty happy person.  I live in Maryland, but my heart is in Louisiana where I grew up (in New Orleans) and went to college (in Baton Rouge at LSU).  The first time I met the man who would become my husband was on a trip to Paris back in 1990.  The next time was as an employee in his book store / coffee shop, Caliban’s, in Baton Rouge.  Phil has been so incredibly supportive of my artistic career and has stood behind me right from the get go.

 

It’s been 14 years now since I began developing my professional career and I’m happy to say I’m currently represented by four different galleries, Ann Connelly Fine Art in Baton Rouge, LA, Harris Gallery in Houston, TX, Duane Reed Gallery in St. Louis, MO, and Blue Gallery in Three Oaks, MI.

 

My latest series, “Echoes” is all about reflected light, and I mean, all about!  This series explores the beauty of light reflected off of water.  All of my work adresses the beauty of reflected light, but painting light reflecting off of a moving surface was something I had been thinking about for a long time.  Back in June of 2008 I decided to take the artistic “jump off the cliff” and create images that were completely different from what I had been painting and the Echo series was born.

Echo XX Oil on panel36″ x 48″