Wednesday, August 20, 2008

In the Summer, In the City

With a mixture of feelings, I note today that this coming Sunday, August 24, marks the closing day for my solo exhibition at the Woodson Museum in Wausau, Wisconsin. The last couple of months have seemed to fly by and in This summer in That city I've been honored to have my works spotlighted for the many who have visited the museum.

I received news this morning that the collections committee met and overwhelmingly selected this work, In the Summer, In the City, to be added to the permanent collection at the Woodson. I am most pleased to have this work become a part of the wonderful collection there and to reside along side the works of so many other fine, well respected artists from many time frames and many countries around the world.

There are still a few days left before the gallery will close for the rehanging of the upcoming opening of this year's Birds in Art exhibition, which will open on September 6, so if you have not yet visited the Woodson, try and get there before close on Sunday.

Again, my thanks to the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum for placing my work in front of so many viewers at this most exciting time in my career.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

This past weekend, my solo exhibition, Unknown Bridges, opened at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Wausau, Wisconsin. It was a whirlwind of events, conversations, questions answered, memorable moments and the culmination of about four years worth of work on the 'project'.

Arriving home late last night, I had a chance to dwell upon four days of excitement in central Wisconsin as my flight, earlier in the evening from Minneapolis, brought me ever closer to home and ever more distant from all that had just taken place in the upper Midwest.

First, I am grateful to the Woodson Museum for spotlighting this body of my work and especially for the kindness, graciousness and true sincerity of appreciation the staff at that wonderful venue have shown me not only this past weekend, but throughout the many years that I have been fortunate enough to have been a part of the events surrounding the opening of the annual Birds in Art exhibition as well. There is a very certain truth in what has been said, time and time again, about the genuine affection and friendliness that is demonstrated by Midwesterners in this country. I can not wait to return to Wausau in early September for this year's opening of Birds in Art!

Secondly, I want to say thank you to all who attended the several events where I spoke or the drawing workshop that I hosted on Saturday. It was a real joy for me to talk about my work, how I do it, why I do it and what makes me tick as an artist. I appreciated speaking with all who took the time to come up to me individually to say how much they had enjoyed my discussions.

And thirdly, I want to just say how honored I was to have seen my work hanging almost side by side with that of O. Winston Link, a man whose marvelous black and white photography has inspired me, delighted me and offered me many hours of deep reflection over the years that I have owned his several books.

As those of you who have been following my blog for the last few years will know, this project of working on these bridge themed works over the last four, almost five years, has been an interesting exploration for me as an artist; sometimes taking me to places with my work that I would have never assumed I would have headed. To see most of that body of work hanging together was a revelatory experience for me this past weekend. That little bit of time separation from when the work was packed up and shipped out a little over a month ago, gave me the much needed space to have been able to view the works in a different light on Friday when I first walked into the galleries.

And so, this particular 'journey' as an artist will pause now, but not end. I have no doubt that I will revisit this inspiration sometime again in the future and continue the exploration of what motivated me in the first place, to focus on this interesting subject matter. But for now, it is time to move on to other aspects of inspiration and see where that might lead me.

Monday, June 9, 2008

It's here! My proof copy of the book arrived this morning and I am officially announcing its availability at For those who have contacted me previously about obtaining a signed copy directly from me, that order is in and I hope to receive those copies before I leave for Wausau on the 27th and be able to ship also before my departure. If not, those copies will go out in early July upon my return from the opening weekend events at the Woodson Museum. I will be sending out emails to those that this pertains to and let you know when you might expect them.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

June News

I just received this advance page from the Woodson Museum regarding the summer calendar for the opening weekend events of Unknown Bridges later this month. As noted, times have been set now for the drawing workshop as well as the Sunday afternoon lecture. Anyone interested in signing up for either event should contact the museum as there will be a cut off for group participation for the workshop on Saturday.

I have also received word that there has been a production delay in printing the proof of my book, so that will push things back a bit. I now expect to see a copy early next week to make any revisions or tweak things as needed before it can go into full production. I still hope to have it on line before the opening of the exhibition on June 28th.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Book Update

A quick word today to say that I have sent the finished book off to the printer and I expect to see a proof copy in a couple of weeks. Once that is here and any kinks are ironed out, I will put in an order for copies for those who have asked me to reserve one for them and then I will post information on where a copy can be purchased directly. I hope all of this will happen by the middle of June so I can make the book available before I leave for the opening of the exhibition in Wisconsin. Keep an eye out, here!

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Mid May Update

With the completion of 'It's a Lonesome Old Town', the bridge project has come to a conclusion, for now anyway!

I have added it to the listing of images on the February entry to this blog page and that makes the full 28 work exhibition complete and ready to be shipped out later this month.

There are still quite a few pieces available for purchase prior to the shipping date, so if you are interested in any of them, now would be the time to get in touch with me.

I will be posting information about the publication of the book soon and indicating price and where orders might be directed. For those who have already contacted me about acquiring a copy of the book, I shall have signed copies available directly from my studio next month and will send them out to you at that time.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Early May Update

As those who have been looking in here on the postings to the first entry on this blog page showing the images of the completed works for next month's opening of 'Unknown Bridges' at the Woodson Art Museum, will know, I have added several recently finished works to the image list there.

At the moment, I have on the drawing board, the final work for the exhibition and hope it will be completed later this week or by the Mother's Day weekend at any rate. After posting that image to the February entry here, that will be that!

With the addition of the final work to the pages of the mock up for the book, I expect the book to go to print in the first week of June and be ready by the middle of the month. As mentioned before, I will post information on how the book may be purchased at that time both on this page and on my Pencil Shavings blog page, as well as to post more information on my home web site,

As mentioned earlier as well, I will be leading a drawing workshop on Saturday, June 28 which will encompass a morning and afternoon session, with a break for lunch in between, at some field locations in Wausau. Information on this program can be had by checking with the Woodson directly on their web site, which is linked on this page.

The Sunday lecture will be from 1:30 to 3:30 on the 29th at the museum and will focus on composition and design in art, a subject near and dear to my heart (as anyone who has followed my Pencil Shavings blog should know). This will take the shape of a talk/slide presentation/gallery walk during which I will endeavor to uncomplicate an understanding of how artists make use of line, color, form, shape and other key elements of design, along with pulling it all together in pleasing, interesting compositional structures, to make good art. And again, all this information will be available on the museum's web site within the next few weeks, so check it out if interested and give them a call.

And a final note . . . this 'project', this Unknown Bridges project that has been ongoing for these last four plus years, has opened my eyes to many new directions that my art can take me. I fully expect that after the hanging of this exhibition next month, and after a period of 'rest' from thoughts of steel girders and bridge beams and nuts and bolts and rivets and such, I will no doubt, find continuing inspiration in the man made world around me. Animals will never lose their place at the top of my subject list, but I do foresee my future work expanding outward from the realm of total focus on the natural world. As an artist, these are directions and paths that must be explored and I have no idea of where it all might lead in the future. But, that is a good place to be and wherever my work leads, I know it will be a fun trip!

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

April Update

As spring has finally arrived in the mid Atlantic states, the final four works to be included in the hanging of 'Unknown Bridges' this summer, will be coming off the drawing board this month. It seems I have saved the largest and most complex works for the last, so these will be slowly materializing over the next four to five weeks. I will be posting 'in progress' images of these pieces over on my Pencil Shavings blog, so take a look.

I've also been compiling images and working with a mock up of a book to be published to coincide with the opening of the exhibition in late June. This book will illustrate all 28 works to be included in the hanging at the Woodson Museum as well as several other works from the bridge series which will not be included in this summer's show. I expect the book to be published somewhere around mid to late June and will post more information about price etc. as time grows closer. The book will be hard bound in an 8 x 10 format.

In the meantime, I will be adding the last works to the listing on the original posting on this blog as they come off the drawing board over the course of the next four to five weeks and expect the show to be complete and ready to ship by mid May, so keep an eye out here for those additions.

Sunday, March 2, 2008

March Update

As March opens, I will post some updated information regarding this summer's exhibition. First off, I have added several new works to the image list on the earlier posting. I will be continuing to add new works to this single listing as they come off the drawing board over the next 6 to 7 weeks.

Second, the Woodson and I have been conversing about the opening weekend events in Wausau and it has been established that there will be an opening reception on the evening of June 27 for museum members and special invited guests (read 'special invited guests' to mean lenders to the exhibition as well as friends of the artist!).

On Saturday, June 28, the exhibition will open to the public and I will be presenting a drawing workshop with details on this to be worked out in a month or so. I will post the particulars regarding this event when all is set in stone.

On Sunday, June 29, I will be presenting a lecture/slide presentation on the elements of design and composition that occur in art. This talk will focus on passing along what exactly constitutes a well balanced, appealing and artistically organized work of art with the intention of making attendees aware of the details and nuances that all artists use in the construction of their art, whether that be in a figurative style, such as the way I work, or within the context of abstraction and expressionistic approaches to the blank canvas.

I am very excited about being a part of these events at the museum and if anyone is interested in more information about anything mentioned here, I can be reached via email (a link to which occurs on my home web site in the 'links' list to the right) or by contacting the Woodson through the link also listed here.

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Welcome to 'Unknown Bridges', a blog page set up to feature my works that will be included in an exhibition with the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, in Wausau, Wisconsin, this summer. The exhibition will open on Saturday, June 28th and hang through August 24th.

'Unknown Bridges' will hang in conjunction with a wonderful exhibition of the photographs of O. Winston Link on loan from the Link Museum in Roanoke, Virginia. Link's work spotlights the Norfolk and Western Railroad some forty plus years ago, during the period when that railroad was phasing out the use of steam locomotives. Link traveled the system and documented this interesting period in history with quite evocative black and white images that capture aspects of life along the rails as well as haunting images of the trains that no longer stop.

The motivation for my long term 'project' of works with bridges as the major theme began over four years ago when I stumbled upon some old railroad bridges near my studio in central Maryland. I was quite taken with the old, weathered, rusted aspects of the bridge work and completed several drawings with those textural contrasts as the major theme. As time passed, I became more and more inspired by and interested in the abstract qualities of the structure of bridges, the nuts and bolts and rivets, the textural contrasts between old steel and fresh paint, girders and massive steel plates.

In travels near and far, I have continued to find 'off the beaten path' bridges that appeal to me in many artistic ways and have given me more reference material and ideas than I will be able to work out before the hanging of this show. I foresee, then, a continuing 'journey' of discovery for me in the years to come as I will, no doubt, expand upon the body of work that will hang as part of this exhibition.

In the meantime, I hope you will find as much interest in these bridges and places as I have found in the process of translating this artistic inspiration into compositional elements that excite me. Works not indicated as from a private collection are available for sale prior to a mid May delivery to the museum and information regarding a particular work can be had by email through the email link on my studio web site listed in the link column to the right.

Since this page is commencing in early February, I will be continuing to update the image list as new works for the exhibition come off the board, through the early part of May when works will be ready for shipping to the museum, so check back often to see additional new works added here.