Maintenant

May 14th, 2016
Maintenant

Never put off till tomorrow what may be done day after tomorrow just as well. Mark Twain Years ago, in one of the MANY on-line and in-the-flesh workshops I took with Alyson Stanfield, she suggested that we choose a word for the year. One word that would clarify, energize and inspire whenever it was invoked. […]

Studio Visit Ta Da!

February 10th, 2016
Studio Visit  Ta Da!

Don’t hide your light under a bushel. Matthew 5:15 (paraphrased) Good News! Studio Visit, a juried, highly-respected, national publication has included my work in Volume 32! They distribute the book to galleries nationwide. Jurying in was a lengthy process, all on-line of course. First I sent in the jpegs for the jury, then waited eons […]

Public painting

December 6th, 2015
Public painting

“Nothing is yours. It is to use. It is to share. If you will not share it, you cannot use it.   -Ursula Le Guin My painting process is painstaking. I am fascinated by the exquisite light, shadows and detail the world has to offer. Each square centimeter receives individual attention.   You wouldn’t think that […]

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 […]

Humor & technique= Success for Natalie Featherston

October 1st, 2015
Humor & technique= Success for Natalie Featherston

I was so pleased to be able to meet Natalie Featherston last Friday at her opening at Meyer East Gallery on famed Canyon Road in Santa Fe. I have admired her work for years for its quirky, joyful celebration of different realms of art: innocent childish art and sophisticated professional work. Her trompe-l’oeil style is […]

A Brief Report from Indian Market 2015 Santa Fe

August 27th, 2015
A Brief Report from Indian Market 2015 Santa Fe

With beauty before me I walk With beauty behind me I walk With beauty above me I walk With beauty around me I walk -Navajo Blessing Way Ceremony. These are the closing lines from the Navajo Blessing Way Ceremony. As I walked through the streets of Santa Fe, looking at so much beauty, so much […]

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 […]

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, […]

Santa Fe Studio Tour 2015!

April 16th, 2015
Santa Fe Studio Tour 2015!

Are you busy trying to plan your summer travels? Why not Santa Fe, NM in late June? There will be a fabulous opportunity to visit 68 artists in their studios. They’ll be sharing their creative processes and their finished work. I’m very pleased to be participating in Santa Fe Studio Tour 2015! This year there […]

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 […]