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SAA Blog Post: Meet the Artist -- That's me!
Around my studio building - The Stutz - there is a lot of activity. The preparations for the 2015 Annual Stutz Open House are underway. Painting, cleaning, making lists of things that have to get done before we open our studios for the biggest weekend of visitors of the year. Not to mention, we are still trying to create more work. The Stutz Artists Association, our organization which sponsors The Show, maintains our gallery and website and creates our publicity has featured me as an artist participating in the Annual Open House on the blog this month.
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One painting had to speak for me at the Food for Thought show in November 2010. The exhibit was held in the StutzARTSpace Gallery in the Stutz Building and a venue for the annual Sprit and Place program. The show centered around artists who use sketchbooks and who would be willing to display their sketchbooks. For some artists this proved to be a too personal territory. The focus of my sketchbook was "Food as Memoir", a subject that I frequently return to in my work. So many memories of so many people in my life center around food! Grandmothers, the old great-aunts, my mother, the children--great stories about all of them and they have stories about me, too! But this piece was different. The subject is still painful. This painting is a tribute to my friend, Lynn, who died suddenly this past year. Lynn was of Japanese heritage and our friendship had grown for over 25 years. We both loved food, exchanged recipes and were crazy about sushi!! Lynn was my sushi-eating…
Today I was so happy to receive an email with this darling photo spread. It's my sister/It's my model/It's my sister. Priscilla is my dear little sister and she is my model, too. I have completed one painting of her and have another one on the easel, getting close to finish. I asked her to pose for me last summer before I headed to California to a painting workshop and she did all the work! When I arrived she had two costume changes ready, did multiple dynamic poses and provided the perfect setting. And a fake cigarette, just for kicks. She is a local actress, and it shows. She exudes energy, creativity and fun. And this wonderful photo shoot shows that off.
Here is my painting from last summer of My Sister/My Model/My Sister. Priscilla Ball. What a lucky person I am to have her for my sister!