Sunday, April 06, 2008

New Email....

A good Spring morning to all,

Just a note.....I have a new email address . Make a note of the change as the webjogger address will not work after this month.

Click on this link to the Equine Photographer's Network website and see the two images I have that made it into the final selections for their Equine Ideal Competition.
There is an opportunity for a People's Choice voting. My images are in the professional category under the B&W heading. They are titled "Braids" and "Rhapsody in White". Check out as well all of the other beautiful photographs.

One more reminder.....The Cow Palace Grand National Art Show and Sale opened last night and will be there for the next 9 days. The Equine Art show at the Windsor Whip Works Gallery, in Windsor NY will be up until the first weekend in May. I will be back there on May 3rd for a gallery talk.

And for all my local friends.....the Photowork '08 show opens tonight with a reception from 4-6pm at the Barrett Art Center in Poughkeepsie. I have two pieces that were juried into the show.

I hope your weather is as beautiful as ours today.

Something Personal.....

On a personal note…

As artists we are often told not to share our personal lives. Others have said that it destroys the “Mystique” surrounding the artist and his/her work. In this instance, I am going to break with that tradition to share something important to me.

As some of you will know, at this time last year I was occupied with the care of my critically ill mother. Not long after, in June, she passed away. The care for and subsequent loss of my mother, has greatly affected me over this year.

My mother was my first and one of my staunchest supporters. As an incredibly creative person herself, she and my father exposed my sister and I, to art very early in our lives. And infused us with a sense of art’s importance in contributing to a life well lived. Last year I was at a workshop where the leader said that “if your mother likes your artwork, than you needed to change the work”. Well, my mother not only liked my work, she understood it. She displayed it on her walls, not only as the work of her daughter, but as work she chose to surround herself with.

I have made such wonderful advances in both my work itself and in where it can be found, over this last year. I am sorry that my mom is not here to see and share this with me. I miss her deeply and know she would have been very proud and would have continued to cheer me on. And I wanted to share the power of that legacy with all of you.

Thank you all for letting me get “personal”. And to my father I say…Thank you for continuing to share this journey with me.