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I am excited to announce my first art show opening since the birth of my daughter last February. I have been busy these last few months preparing a series of small encaustic collages as well as some new sculptures. This show is a follow-up of sorts to my last show, exploring life in my downtown neighborhood. From the artist statement:


This body of work captures a snapshot of where we are now, two years into what will surely be a lifelong process of working to make our neighborhood the safe and welcoming place we want it to be. Life here can be messy, lonely, or difficult, but there is also warmth, kindness, and commitment.

The show opens tomorrow, September 6, 6-10pm in the City Gallery at the Harrison Center for the Arts.

Healthy Habitat, encaustic collage on paper, 12″ x 12″

If you have wondered why I have been strangely silent on this blog lately, I can tell you why. Friday my new show opens in the Harrison Center‘s City Gallery! I have been too busy to pop in here with regular inspiration and updates on the progress of my work. This show was a race to the finish (being my second solo show in four months!), but I am pleased with the outcome. I will be in the gallery all evening Friday for the opening, 6-9pm. I hope you will stop by and say hi, check out the work, and see Kyle Ragsdale’s show in main gallery as well.

to connect, encaustic, paper, string, 18″ x 24″

I want to say a big “thank you” to everyone who came out see my show that opened at the Earth House on Friday.  It was so great to see many familiar faces, as well as some new ones. The show will be up until August 29, so you still have a chance to see the work if you weren’t able to come out Friday.

I received my first ever press review for the show (this is a big deal to me!). You can check out the NUVO review here, if you are interested. Next week I will share more images, including photos of the sculptural half of the show.

12″ x 18″ encaustic, paper, string on wood

Above is a piece from my very first solo exhibition, which opens this Friday at the Earth House Collective in Indianapolis. I pushed to the last minute to complete the show, fourteen pieces in all.

12″ x 18″ encaustic, paper on wood

In total the show consists of seven “paintings” (like those above) and seven sculptural works. All the artwork is framed in salvaged redwood frames (my dad saved it from a dumpster!) handmade by my two awesome parents.

18″ x 24″ encaustic, paper, dirt on wood

The show opens Friday with a reception from 5-9pm. I would love to see you there! The Earth House is easy to find on the corner of New York and East Street downtown (look for the old church building.). I am nervous about the show and very excited.

Here is what I’ve been hard at work on the past few weeks. I’m completing a whole new body of work for my very first solo exhibition! The show opens August 5 at the Earth House in Indianapolis. I couldn’t be happier with the location for my first solo show.

The work is slowly coming along. I will be featuring fifteen new pieces, with an even mixture of encaustic paintings and hanging sculptures. I am sticking to simple materials: beeswax, paper, string, and dirt. I can’t wait to show you more, but for now, I hope you enjoy this little taste!

I want to be an artist when I grow up. I quit my job to try it. I will chronicle the results here.

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