Mary Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival ~ 2014 Catalog Cover Art Winner
2014 Catalog Cover Art Winner
APRIL 6, 2015 HIstory Unwound was my first retreat-type show and I loved it. Kudos to hosts Kimberly and Christopher Villareal, Trish Marickovich and other hardworking souls for organizing this excellent, inaugural event.
I enjoyed seeing familiar faces and meeting new folks. The Market Square offered a well-chosen collection of goodies for fiber crazies (you know who you are!). Unique yarn, spinning fiber, patterns, tools, accessories and art were abundant. And where else but Colonial Williamsburg would you find a fife and drum corps parading a convention center?
For a different perspective, read this post by PDXKnitterati (Michele Bernstein). She came all the way from Oregon to take classes and sit in on lectures. Michele is pictured above, holding a small sheep painting (second row of pics).
Many thanks to History Unwound and Tanya Holder Washburn for the use of their photos. Tanya and I go way back, waaay back, and I had the pleasure of meeting her husband Todd for the first time. Tanya is pictured above, with me (second row).
MARCH 7, 2015 History Unwound will be in full swing by this time next Saturday. The above photo gives a sneak peek of small paintings in progress that I'm creating just for this event.
MARCH 1, 2015 Happy March! It looks to be a busy month. I'm happy to be among the vendors invited to attend History Unwound, a three-day celebration of fiber history, discovery of and learning handcrafted textiles.
Held in Colonial Williamsburg, a center for historical textiles, the event features classes, demos and lectures (plus the opportunity to rub elbows with rock stars of the fiber world!).
You still have time to register -- the fun takes place March 13 to 15. Won't you join us?
FEBRUARY 15, 2015 Artistic Expressions celebrated the evening before Valeintine's Day with a reception, Valentines at the Gallery. Red wine, chocolates and other goodies were enjoyed by those attending. The Gallery featured heart-themed art -- handmade creations especially suited for gift giving at Valentine's and throughout the year.
Thanks to everyone who came out on a cold winter night. Great seeing you!
FEBRUARY 8, 2015 The Holly Springs Arts Festival Gala was a blast! Many thanks to the Holly Springs Arts Council for organizing this event. The fine art exhibit is on view through February 25. You still have time to see it!
FEBRUARY 7, 2015 Tonight's the night! Feel the chill and sizzle of Winter Blues at the Third Annual Holly Springs Arts Festival Gala. My painting "Calabash in Blue--Docked for Winter" was chosen by jury selection for this exhibit.
Fine Art Exhibit + Art Auction + Hors d’oeuvres and cash bar + Live Music
Hope you'll join us!
JANUARY 25, 2015 Happy New Year! (better late than never?) My apologies for being away so long. I'm nearly caught up, after autumn events and the holidays, and looking forward to a couple events this spring. Stay tuned for details to come.
I offer my sincere thanks for making 2014 an amazing year for me. I appreciate your support through purchases, website visits, Facebook likes and kind words. You're the best!
OCTOBER 21, 2014 Art ala Carte is coming to SAFF! I'll be working until (almost) the last moment before we leave on Thursday for SAFF. Lots of new work--I hope you'll like it. Look for me in the Sales Arena, booth 19.
OCTOBER 20, 2014 Many thanks to members of Piedmont Fiber Guild for asking me to present at yesterday's meeting. I enjoyed meeting y'all and having the opportunity to talk art and fiber!
OCTOBER 15, 2014 A few notes about fun, upcoming events:
Piedmont Fiber Guild in Gastonia, NC, invited me to speak at its October 19 gathering. What's the topic? I'll cover my painting (!) in general to painting fiber animals to my experience with this year's Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival.
The Piedmont Guild has been around since the 1970s, evolving from a weavers' guild to one that encompasses all aspects of fiber arts. I'm looking forward to meeting these folks!
Here's a sneak peek at my slideshow for the talk.
Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair will take place October 24-26, in Fletcher, NC (just south of Asheville). This year will be my first as a vendor., and we're putting the final touches on paintings and prints for the event. Look for me in booth 19 in the Sales Arena, next to Heelside Farms. Hope to see you there!
It's a busy time of year. That's a good thing.
OCTOBER 8, 2014 Look for our ad in the current issue of PLY Magazine!
OCTOBER 7, 2014 I am pleased to be a vendor at the 2014 SouthEastern Animal Fiber Fair (SAFF). Look for Heelside Farms and me in the Sales Arena!
WNC Agricultural Center
1301 Fanning Bridge Rd.
Fletcher, NC 28732
Click for the SAFF event program. It opens as a PDF.
OCTOBER 1, 2014 We had a blast at Rising Meadow Farm Fest. Many thanks to the event organizers and to everyone who attended. And we appreciate all the folks who visited our booth!
One of my favorite things about events like this is meeting people and hearing their stories. This is a coming-full-circle story. A couple of years ago I was commissioned to paint Hank, an angora bunny, and mascot of Two Knit Wits yarn shop. The shop owners' friends arranged for the painting; everything was done by phone, Internet and US mail.
The shop closed and Hank went to live in the owner's home. Alas, the woman discovered she is allergic to bunnies. Hank now has a new home. And, while she doesn't see the bunny any longer, the lady still has the painting. We met for the first time when she stopped by my booth at Rising Meadow!
Hank Da Bunny
humming "It's a Small World..."
SEPTEMBER 27, 2014 Wondering how Art ala Carte works? It's as easy as 1, 2, 3.
SEPTEMBER 26, 2014 The countdown is on for this year's Rising Meadow Farm Fest. We thought we'd tease you with pics from a couple years ago. (clockwise from left: sheep shearing with hand shears; sheep and llama; fibery goodness with something for everyone; live music!)
Heelside Farms and I have been working for months toward this event. And we are so ready! Plus Sunday's weather
forecast shows low 80's and partly sunny. Perfect!
SEPTEMBER 24, 2014 Heelside Farms and I are so excited about Art ala Carte that we want to share a sneak peek with you.
Above, my painting, Fleece of Dreams, is paired with this coordinating hand-dyed, hand-carded batt for spinners. Heelside's Carolyn Beasley did a beautiful job with the colors.
Only a few more days till Art ala Carte becomes available at Rising Meadow Farm Fest.
SEPTEMBER 23, 2014 I'll be at Rising Meadow Farm this Sunday for the twelfth annual Rising Meadow Farm Fest. A celebration of fiber and food, it features fiber animals, sheep dog demos, a sheep shearing demo, live music and great food. Fine artists and artisans will have unique and beautiful wares for sale. It's a fun, family-friendly event.
Art ala Carte will available for the first time! Be sure to get yours. Look for it (and me) at the Heelside Farms booth.
11am to 4pm
Sunday, September 28
Rising Meadow Farm
3750 Williams Dairy Road
Liberty, NC 27298
SEPTEMBER 21, 2014 Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair gave me a mention on its Facebook page today. Thank you! I'm excited about being a first-time vendor at this event, held Octobe 24-26 at Western NC Agricultural Center in Fletcher, NC (just south of Asheville).
SEPTEMBER 15, 2014 Heelside Farms and I are teaming up to bring you Art ala Carte, a unique collaboration inspired by the love of color and fiber. Heelside’s newest line of exclusively dyed yarns and hand-carded batts puts the vibrant palette of my paintings at your fingertips.Knitters, spinners, crocheters, felters and weavers will delight in creating their own works of art.
With Art ala Carte, you’ll select one or more of my works and pair that with coordinating yarns and/or batts. Think bold gold, bedazzled blue, café au lait, fresh lime and other colors to create one-of-a-kind handspun yarn, a lovely shawl, cushy socks, an heirloom afghan.
Home to a spinner’s flock since 2002, Heelside Farms offers a wonderful variety of fiber goodies from their Border Leicester, Finn, Icelandic and Cormo sheep. You’ll fall in love with blends of their wool combined with mohair, alpaca, angora and silk. Heelside offers a complete range of fleeces and locks, spinning fiber and yarns, in natural as well as hand-dyed colors, for all your fiber needs.
Art ala Carte will be available for a limited time, beginning Sunday, September 28 at Rising Meadow’s Farm Fest. Be sure to get yours!
SEPTEMBER 11, 2014 Here's a look inside my studio and some paintings I'm working on. You'll notice I'm adding to the flock!
SEPTEMBER 5, 2014 Heelside Farms and I are pleased to announce Art ala Carte, a unique collaboration inspired by the love of color and fiber. Follow the link to Heelside's website for a sneak peek!
SEPTEMBER 1, 2014 My time as Artistic Expressions' Artist of the Month was a pleasure. Thank you for supporting the arts!
AUGUST 17, 2014 Thanks, everyone, for the great turnout at my reception last weekend
at Artistic Expressions. We had an awesome time, looking at art, talking about art and
connecting with others. I enjoyed seeing family, friends, neighbors, fellow artists and many
new faces. Thanks also to my darling wife for the sweet and savory treats and to Sloan
Mountain Vineyards and Winery for the delicious wines. We'll have to do it again!
My paintings will be featured by Artistic Expressions through the month of August. And I'll be
at the gallery on August 30, from 10 am to 4 pm. Hope you'll stop in to visit.
AUGUST 1, 2014 Throughout August, I will be the Artist of the Month at Artistic Expressions
in my hometown, Fuquay Varina, NC. My work is featured in the gallery's front window as well as
being displayed inside. I'm excited to offer new paintings and prints. I hope you'll like them.
I invite you to join me from 6 to 9pm on Friday, August 8 for a reception celebrating art with wine,
cheese, fellow artists and engaging conversation. Great wines will be provided by Sloan Mountain
Vineyards and Winery of Sanford, NC.
ETA: Made the Southwest Wake News, print and online!
Hope to see you at the gallery!
MAY 13, 2014 Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival wowed us. My wife and I toured vendor barns, sheep barns and
outside vendor areas and met so many talented, generous and friendly people. Something or someone amazed us at
every turn. I appreciate having been a small part of it.
The purchase of Festival merchandise helps to ensure future events. Thank you for showing your support in this way.
And special thanks to everyone who asked to have their items signed. I enjoyed talking with each of you.
APRIL 6, 2014 Carolina FiberFest was a blast! With everything to please
spinners, knitters, crocheters, weavers and more, the festival celebrated its
eighth year of fibery goodness. I enjoyed catching up with longtime friends
and meeting new folks. The ladies in the photo traveled together to the event,
and they each purchased a B-ewe-tiful Family print to hang in their fiber arts
workrooms. Thank you, and thanks also to Heelside Farms for sharing its
booth with me.
March 14, 2014 Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival rolled out its 2014 art,
featuring my painting You Want It, We Got It, Come Get It. This will be printed
on the catalog cover, t-shirts, mugs, bags, stationery, posters and more!
month. The painting is for my wife, in memory of him.
Love your dogs,
FEBRUARY 14, 2014 Happy Valentine's Day, everyone! The above painting
Yin and Yang features our family's whippets, Maisy and Isobel. It's a valentine to
my wife, who took the photo. People frequently ask how we get them to pose
for the camera. The answer is that we have nothing to do with it; they are the
Have a great heart day,
FEBRUARY 2, 2014 My painting You Want It, We Got It, Come
Get It was chosen as grand prize winner of the 2014 Maryland Sheep
& Wool Festival cover art competition! The painting will be featured on
the catalog cover, t-shirts, bookmarks, bags, stationery, posters and more!
Sorry, no pics to share, but you can follow the reveal on the Festival's
With a huge grin,
DECEMBER 31, 2013 As 2013 draws to a close, I'd like to express
my sincere thanks to everyone who made the year a success for me.
Whether you purchased a painting or print, visited my website, liked a
Facebook post, or encouraged me with a kind word, I appreciate your
support. I'm excited to see how 2014 unfolds!
Wishing you all the best,
NOVEMBER 8, 2013 I was pleased to be one of three artists
invited to participate in Fuquay Varina Arts Council's "Let There
Be Art" masquerade paint-off and art auction. My painting of a hay
field is shown here. It was a fun night of fundraising for a great cause.
APRIL 27, 2013 Windsor Point Retirement Community
in Fuquay Varina, NC, invited me to attend its Garden Party (!)
where I enjoyed meeting residents, their family and friends.
The spring weather was ideal for getting out the oils and
brushes, and I painted a couple en plein air pieces.
SEPTEMBER 23, 2012 I am pleased to be a sponsor
of Triangle Yarn Crawl (October 13 and 14), a fun
event for anyone who enjoys the fiber arts and even
those who think they don't!
The Crawl kickoff will be hosted by Warm 'n Fuzzy
yarn shop October 13 in Cary, NC.
SEPTEMBER 5, 2012 Many thanks to author Allie Pleiter
who mentioned my paintings on her blog, DestiKNITions.
Allie was in North Carolina this past May and visited my
booth at Carolina FiberFest.
AUGUST 27, 2012 The portrait of Hank da Bunny was
recently commissioned by a client for the birthday of a yarn
shop owner. Hank is an Angora rabbit and the mascot
of Two Knit Wits in Oak Ridge, NC. Happy Birthday!
JULY 30, 2012 I am pleased to announce that my work may now
be seen at Cary, NC's new yarn shop, Warm n' Fuzzy I Yarn Love.
JULY 9, 2012 The portraits of Bel (left) and Lexi were recently
commissioned by a client for his wife's surprise birthday gift.
I hope she enjoys them as much I liked painting them.
JULY 3, 2012 I am pleased to announce that my work may now
be seen at The Liberty Artisan & Craft Gallery, Liberty, NC.
Many thanks to Renee Miller for the referral and to Gail Morgan,
gallery owner, for handling the details.
MARCH 31, 2012 I would like to thank my family, friends and
fellow artists who attended the opening reception on March 30
for the month-long Spring Plein Air Art show at Waverly Artist
Group. It was a great night! A big thanks also goes to the
gallery for hosting the show and providing this opportunity.
BARN & COTTON FIELD, Burke Farm, Lee County, NC
oil on wood panel, 12"W x 9"H
MARCH 26, 2012 Waverly Artists Group Studio & Gallery
will present Plein Air fromMarch 30 through April 23. Ben Williams,
former curator of the North Carolina Museum of Art, judged the
work of twenty artists, including my Barn & Cotton Field. The
gallery will host a reception on Friday, March 30, 6 to 9 pm.
I appreciate your interest and hope you'll visit my website often.
Look for new paintings as they come off the easel. And, always,
feel free to contact me.