This week I have a couple of things happening in the media concerning my work. First, is the release of the June issue of American Art Collector magazine which has a preview of my upcoming show, Observers, at the Principle Gallery in Alexandria, VA, which opens on June 7 and runs until July 5.
I have to admit that at earlier points in my career having my work featured in such a magazine, a beautifully produced national publication featuring some of the country’s finest galleries and representational artists , that I would have felt a huge level of anxiety. Most of the work in this magazine is at the highest level of traditional representation and very little that looks anything like my work is normally seen in its pages. Early in my career this idea of not being in step with the accepted norm would have had me in a tizzy. The confidence to stand alone was just not developed enough at that point and I always felt that if my work was to be judged against other work, what it was not would count more than what it was.
But time has taught me that it is actually the other way around and I have found real confidence in my voice. I now see that it is that very uniqueness, what the work is rather than what it is not, that differentiates my work. I am now pleased, not anxious or intimidated, that my work stands alone in its look among these extraordinarily talented artists. The article looks great (shown at the bottom here) and the work definitely maintains its uniqueness among a lot of beautiful work.
The June issue should be hitting the mailboxes and newsstands this week.
Also, this coming Sunday, May 26th at 5:30 PM,will be the first airing of my segment on WSKG’s Artist Cafe. I wrote earlier here about them coming to my studio for filming and it’s finally going to air. It’s a short segment, four or five minutes in length, that will be available on YouTube within a day or two after the broadcast for those of you living outside the WSKG broadcast area who want to view it. I will let you know here when it goes online.