|New York, Autumn Leaves
Soon it will be the Autumnal Equinox and I love what new seasons represent…a new time and a new sense of place. Recently, I have begun experimenting with self-portraits. After fantasizing about all the beautiful places in the world that I would like to go and photograph, I decided that a good place to start would be right here, looking inside myself. I am also trying on another series and loving the process of collaboration as I photograph subjects of beauty and emotion in their purest essence. Click Here for a glimpse of that new work.
|Blossom, Long Island, New York
Beauty and Wisdom
The First Exhibit
It’s been three years since I drove around the country photographing golden beauties in salons and my first solo exhibit of this work will be this month (Artist reception, September 22) in Portland, Oregon at Camerawork Gallery. The show will be up until October 19. I used to live in Portland and I feel a strong connection to the city, coast and country, so to have my first solo show there is very special to me. If you can’t make it to the show, catalogs are available for purchase.
I am excited to report that a museum show is still in the works and I will keep you posted on dates for that.
Check out the Beauty and Wisdom Trailer!
|Billie Jean, Provincetown
This summer I received a scholarship for the narrative portrait workshop taught by Amy Arbus at The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown MA. The staff and facility were amazing. It was the most fulfilling week and I loved the challenge of creating a portrait series in four days. Ironically, I found myself taking photographs in a local salon, but this time not for Beauty and Wisdom. Also, as part of my project, I attended several cabarets shows and was completely impressed by the caliber of entertainment and the hard work that goes into these productions. In addition, I had the chance to view Amy’s incredible new work from “After Images” and attended her talk at The Schoolhouse Gallery. I enjoyed commingling with other photographers, painters, writers, print-makers and poets… it was wonderful to be part of an artist colony, even for a short time. I was delighted to have the image from my series for class make it to the cover of the Provincetown Banner special events section and a little blurb on the inside of the paper.
When a friend suggested that I read “Shaping Destiny” by artist and author, Destiny Allison I did… in two days, because I could not bring myself to stop reading. I contacted Destiny on Facebook and told her how her book had changed the way I look at life and art and several months later she traveled from Santa Fe and gave an incredible talk full of honesty and inspiration at my house. Not one person left without a book. Good news that she will be back for another inspirational evening at Jeanie Madsen Gallery in October. Meanwhile, you can see her beautiful work on her website and visit her blog, Shaping Destiny: A quest for meaning in art and life.
A New Beautiful
In the month of October, Jeanie Madsen, owner of the Jeanie Madsen Gallery, will be producing amazing events that promote healthy self-esteem and self-image for teenaged girls to women in their 90’s. I am so delighted to be part of this ‘bridging the gap’ project and to be included in the group show, “A New Beautiful,” which opens Saturday, October 6th. It will be one powHERful month at the gallery. Check out the calendar of upcoming events and stay tuned for information about “Collaboration,” another group show taking place in January. I am so excited to be collaborating with the fabulous mixed media and jewelry designer, Jennifer Verge for this group exhibit.