Baby bellies

January 25th, 2016
Baby bellies

A ship under sail and a big-bellied woman Are the handsomest two things that can be seen common.” –Benjamin Franklin (Somehow I think only a guy would say that!) A few years ago and a few years apart, two moms-to-be made graceful, sculptural, rotund plaster casts of their bellies in the latter stages of pregnancy. […]

Aartz West! A new adventure in the arts!

October 11th, 2015
Aartz West! A new adventure in the arts!

TA DA!!! Announcing AARTZ WEST!!! Here’s to freedom, cheers to art. Here’s to having an excellent adventure and may the stopping never start. -Jason Mraz I  am embarking on a new adventure! I’m very excited about opening a new creative haven and teaching studio in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where I can share creative processes […]

Indian Market 2015 Santa Fe

August 20th, 2015
Indian Market 2015 Santa Fe

  Indian Market! An amazing annual event in Santa Fe with events and exhibitions all over the city. There are 800 art booths, representing 22 tribal nations from every corner of the US. Additionally you can visit the Native Cinema Showcase; the Edge, a contemporary gallery show; a Saturday night fundraising auction. There are many […]

Fresh off the Easel!

June 8th, 2015
Fresh off the Easel!

There is something wonderful about the dried bones of the cholla cactus. They aren’t really bones, of course, they are the fibrous, woody inner structure of the plant and an ubiquitous part  of the desert landscape. Recently some collectors purchased a painting of mine, Raven on the Rocks from True West Gallery in Santa Fe.  […]

Graduation!

May 21st, 2015
Graduation!

  We don’t stop going to school when we graduate. Carol Burnett All over the country students are graduating from college; from high school; from kindergarten. They’re finishing up one phase of their lives and forging ahead into the next. Looking back, everything seems to glow. There’s nostalgia for the events that helped you grow, […]

The Necessity of Art

April 7th, 2015
The Necessity of Art

A work of art is good if it has sprung from necessity.  –Rainer Maria Rilke This fragment of thought from Rilke stopped me cold. I had to evaluate. Does my art come from necessity? Yes. A simple yes. I need to connect with the details of nature. The light, the shadows, the nuances and colors. […]

Portfolio book: to Publish or not to Publish?

April 1st, 2015
Portfolio book: to Publish or not to Publish?

The only important thing in a book is the meaning that it has for you. –W. Somerset Maugham                 To publish or not to publish? I’ve finally made the decision.  I am designing a portfolio book – a collection of my imagery. What meaning does it have for […]

True West Gallery

March 13th, 2015
True West Gallery

Just a quick post to invite you to visit True West Gallery at 130 Lincoln Ave in Santa Fe, NM. It’s just around the corner from the heart of Santa Fe (the plaza) and a half-block from the New Mexico Museum of Fine Arts. I am thrilled have been invited to be part of this […]

Lotusland: Obstacles, Goals and Success!

March 6th, 2015
Lotusland: Obstacles, Goals and Success!

Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal. ~Henry Ford There were a few obstacles along the way. Time, distance and injury, among them. (it’s really hard to paint when your dominant arm is in an immobilizing sling) But somehow, despite the obstacles, the goal was accomplished. Canvases […]

Rituals, Superstition and Success

February 1st, 2015
Rituals, Superstition and Success

Sports players are renowned for their rituals. Baseball players who never wash their hats?  Octopus carcasses thrown onto the ice at hockey games? (major yuck & sad!) Nascar drivers who shy away from peanuts in the shell? People are strange. Creative and highly accomplished folk of all sorts have rituals too. Winston Churchill woke at […]