Painting in My Own Voice
Since I work in a variety of mediums (watercolor, pastel, acrylics, pen & ink, gouache, sometimes oils), I can't claim to be one thing or the other, not solely a watercolor artist or pastel artist or whatever. I call myself a visual artist, just to make things easier in a world that loves labels.
I don't want to paint like anyone else, but sometimes that happens regardless. However, when I work in my looser watercolor style embellished with pen & ink line work, or paint my tiny gouaches, or create a pastel painting with my slant stroke technique, I feel like I am painting in my own voice. I feel these are more my trademark pieces.
My newest work, Broken Falls, is an example of the loose watercolor with pen & ink line work I truly enjoy painting. It is one of several new pieces going into my solo show at North Country Art Center's City Hall Gallery in Glens Falls, NY this September.
A wonderful and exciting opportunity presented itself in the form of a new position managing American Women Artists, a national arts organization "dedicated to the inspiration, celebration, and encouragement of Women in the Arts". With a mission statement like that, it was certainly an opportunity I could never refuse.
One of the best parts is that I share the fun with my friend Anne Smoczynski, my former co-worker from LARAC. She handles the membership and business communications and I handle the exhibits, social media & marketing; together we will work on development of the organization.
It's an honor to be in the position of promoting the work of the women artists who are members of AWA; the high caliber of work and tremendous talent of the artists represented in AWA's membership are truly impressive and inspiring. Visit www.americanwomenartists.org to see what I mean.