acrylic art

Cross Over

As always I am living up to my title as a mixed media artist. It isn't often, but occasionally my art life and perfume life have some crossover. I recently relaunched one of my perfume collections, and with the relaunch came a redesign of the packaging. I have always designed all of the packaging art for the brand, and now have chosen some of the images for the new labels from my original paintings in the Landscape Studies (and others) series.

It took me awhile to get these online. But now most of them are online and available for sale. For the most part they are small 10x10 and 12x12 l acrylic landscape studies. My aim has been to get in the flow with this work and carry through with larger works in oil.

As can sometimes be the case, things have not gone according to plan and I am still not working on the larger pieces. Instead I have spent very little time in my studio painting, and most of that has been to finish up things already in progress before moving on.

The new studies are in the studio, but with me not being open during the art walks this summer they have not been seen, or sold, so they are all still available. I do plan on being open for the September Art Walk on the 25th, and I usually have a few sales during the art walk. September is also the month of our Anniversary Auction at the Art Center, so we will have a larger crowd, not to mention that September usually kicks off the fall art season.

Not all of the artwork on the perfume labels is available, but some is, and it is here onsite.

PINK RAIN artwork used on the Violets & Rainwater perfume label

Anyhoo... for those perfume folks interested in the art, it is here. All original pieces on canvas.

Perfume Site: Soivohle


Landscape 2015

After rubbing a couple of nice blister on my hands with my cutting blade (blade paintings) I am taking some time to catch up on those landscapes that have been on the back burner. Not to mention the challenge of a commission in this style after not working this way for over a year.

Vignette Series 2013-14 acrylic on canvas

Vignette Series 2013-14 acrylic on canvas

The real challenge for me is in taking away the hard edged horizon line. I usually either have one like in the painting above, or I eliminate it completely while trying to maintain a landscape feel to the piece. With the new ones that I have been prepping canvas for, I am doing my best to remove that hard line and replace it with gestural lines while working the composition out and painting with a loose stroke using a Catalyst wedge. I like them better for softer strokes, better than the metal trowels.

New work in progress, acrylic on canvas 2015.. landscape art

New work in progress, acrylic on canvas 2015.. landscape art


I also feel like I need a break from the hard edge altogether. Something is pulling me to a more organic flow, and honestly I welcome it. Welcome the idea of letting the paint do the work, because those blade paintings are a workout. They have also been on my easel almost non stop for over a year, so it's time for a change. Feeling very relaxed and ready to dive into some color.

Art Show Tonight

I will be in the studio tonight for the art walk at the Pendleton Art Center in downtown Cincinnati. Leaving the folks at home and heading into the city.  I spent most of the day Wednesday cleaning up the place and hanging new art on the walls. The event runs from 6-10pm. I am usually an early out for these things so maybe 6-9 for me. Unless things are really hopping and I will stick it out to the bitter end (ha)...

Pendleton Art Center, 1310 Pendleton Street (OTR Over The Rhine) Cincinnati... Studio 608..

See you there!!

Little River 12x12 acrylic on 1.5 gallery wrap canvas framed, black floater

Little River 12x12 acrylic on 1.5 gallery wrap canvas framed, black floater

Fine Art Prints

I have added two of the detail prints from original artwork to the website. they are available unframed and unmatted. They will be rolled in archival barrier paper and shipped in a tube. I have had a request for matted and framed pricing and I am working on it now. I will be dropping some off to be matted tomorrow, hopefully.  I am going to try and keep it to standard sizes so I can offer a selection of framing options, if I offer them at all.

Why Details - I chose to capture some of the more interesting details from my paintings and enhance them digitally to create new works. These of course can only be offered as prints, and the original stays as is a one of a kind piece. I do have some prints available on another website but will be phasing this out with the end of the contract year.  In the future the only prints available will come from details of original works. They will all be made to order, dated and signed.

There has always been a squirmy comfort level with creating multiple prints from original paintings. I get that photographers do this as a standard practice, but painters have traditionally been put off by this process. At least the painters I have known over the years. People who make a living off their original art.  It isn't a good or bad thing that leads to a particular judgement on my part. I understand the reasoning behind both approaches to the situation. Two of my favorite pieces in the world are prints of the Metamorphosis Series created by my friend, the late painter January Knoop. I have these in my bedroom and look at them every single day. I have looked at them every single day for at least twenty years. I do not know if her family and or Estate are still selling these prints but they are well worth looking into.


The prints that I now have available are an enhanced detail from "Plenty" and one from "Lizzies Dream"

Plenty - Detail

Plenty - Detail


Lizzies Dream - Detail

Lizzies Dream - Detail