Art for Public Spaces

These paintings were selected for the new Charleston Area Medical Center's Cancer Hospital.

I was beyond pleased when I saw them feature in a news story about the opening event.

The application to submit artwork to be selected to purchase for the center was complicated to say the least (I almost gave up trying)! Months went by  before I was notified that my work was chosen.

It is tremendously gratifying to create art that is used to not only provide beauty, but that it can add peace, reflection and encouragement to an environment.

 


Collecting Orchids

I didn't intend to collect so many orchids. But over the years, I have quite a group. I prefer receiving them to cut flowers as the blooms last for weeks. It must be the large, east facing window in my studio that has something to do with keeping them going. It's such a joy to discover a new spike forming, knowing that soon it will bear new blossoms.

I'm looking forward to spending some time with some of my old friends, when I take them out to the back garden in order to repot them.


What I'm Reading - The Shoemaker's Wife

A beautifully narrated, epic tale of love and family, war and loss, risk and destiny.

Starting out with the majestic and haunting beauty of the Italian Alps and concluding in America "The Shoemaker's Wife" by Adriana Trigiani is a portrait of the times, the places, and the people who defined the immigrant experience. I even shed a tear with this one.


In the Garden

This painting was created for the Briar Hills Garden Club's "Outdoor Living Spaces Tour & Reception." Our event takes place on Thursday, May 14th from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Start the evening strolling through beautiful gardens and be inspired to create an inviting outside retreat of your own. We conclude with a reception on the historical grounds of the former "Sunrise Museum" featuring  hors d'oeuvres, a cash bar and silent auction ( where you can bid on this charming painting or other fabulous works from area artists).

Tickets are $20.00 and proceeds benefit the new CAMC Cancer Center outdoor space. I have tickets, email me back of you'd like to purchase any or contact briarhillsgc@gmail.com.


What I'm Reading - Mr. Mac and Me

I find listening to a story while painting a great combination. Sometimes it gets quite isolating working on a piece for hours and days. A good listen keeps the momentum going. Currently I'm listening to "Mr. Mac and Me" by Esther Freud

Having long admired the the works of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, I was eager to listen to this. Although fictional, it is a compellingly told story of an unlikely friendship. Taking place in a Homefront community during the First World War. I highly recommend this to those of you who enjoy historical fiction as well as art history. The narration is superb, transporting one to the Suffolk coast and leaving you with more insight on the life of this this brilliant artist.

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