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Preparing to Say Goodbye to Norfolk Pt. 1

As I prepare for my trip to Asheville I’ve been working to create a cache of reference material for me to draw in my fresh new moleskine…the whole point of this year is to draw, refine my drafting skills, refrain from painting till my foundations are stronger and hope that in the end I learn more than I already know and can become a better painter as a result.

I’ve been setting up still life compositions in my shadow box and photographing those, hoping to come up with something interesting, dynamic and steps beyond my past paintings while still building on a theme.

But my main love is portraiture, so I’ve enlisted some local artists into posing for me. Of course, drawing from life would be ideal, but currently not convenient. I’m just glad I have such interesting friends willing to pose for me, and it’s been a nice way to see people before leaving while still getting tasks taken care of.

I first fetched metal smith and ODU instructor Jane Ritchie from her studio in Norfolk, then was lucky to have Mallory Jarrell stop by my place after hanging a show at local boutique Kitsch. You should definitely click on their names and check out their work. It’s nice to see such diverse work being done around here.

I then actually made the effort(I am a recluse) to go check out a show happening at Fawn Street Studios and was glad I did. I hadn’t even know about the studios and warehouse till recently. I hope they have more shows there and put the space to good use. Below are pictures from the event, Peanut Butter Fluxxx. I especially liked the work in the second from the bottoms photo, all done by artist Will Clark.






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Open House Aftermath Awesomeness

Thank you to everyone who came out and made tonight a success. It was an incredible evening for me and I am so grateful to receive so much support. I hope to prove that I’m worth helping, believing in and something as simple as collecting!

If anyone missed out and wants to see what I have remaining, please feel free to contact me about it and come on by. I have beads and some paintings and drawings remaining, but otherwise last night was a huge success for me!

Below are pictures of how I set up my apartment for the open house and also some of my newest paintings and studies.

I feel pretty much slaughtered right now, but in the best possible way. There were a lot of unfamiliar faces last night, and it’s always great to put my work in front of new people, but it was also really amazing to see so many of my friends show up to simply tell me they believed in me. I understand that my motivation has to mainly come from myself, but it sure doesn’t hurt to be propped up and affirmed from the outside as well.

And just from a financial point of view, my path has become much more affordable after last night.

Thank you for your support, smiles, kindness and dollars!






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Fundraising & Art Open House

As some of you already know I am about to start a year of traveling in search of the type of education I want. I’ll be going to Philly/Asheville/Chicago on a long art adventure, studying under artists and exploring other art communities, museums and galleries.

Before I begin I am going to have an Art Open House…think apartment art show/thrift store. I will have new work on display and on sale at a range of prices. I will also have crafts/jewelry I’ve made available as well, plus unused and unwanted art & craft supplies.

Any money made will go towards my art educational journey. I would never ask for something for nothing. I simply hope some of you may want to own my work and take this opportunity to help me while also getting something you’d like to hang on your wall.
And please don’t feel like you can’t come unless you are looking to buy something. That is not the case at all. I am a bit of a recluse(always painting and working) so I hope some of you take this opportunity to say good bye. RSVP on the Facebook event page! Feel free to bring a friend and share the event!

Jason, my husband, has also released a print in order to help me pay for all the future madness of traveling, board, food, educational fees and supplies. The print is titled Plenilune…my absolute favorite word(it means full moon), and pictures me sitting on a broom, in flight, with my familiar of a cat, Ninja. It measures 12 x 12 inches and is printed on a satin finished photo paper. The print only costs $20.00, and all funds generated will help me over the next years journey. It’s a touching gesture from him that I’ll always be grateful for. Please check it out. If you’re a local wishing to purchase it, your shipping fee will be refunded and you can pick it up directly from us.

I can’t truly express how hard it is for me to do something like this, put on a solo art show…release a fundraising print, in an effort to help me live my dreams. I’ve worked to save money, applied and been denied grants(competition is fierce), but it never feels like enough, especially when leaving the comfort of a stable situation for unknowns. This line of education and experience is the right path for me, but I realize not everyone agrees. We all have different strengths and weaknesses. I think studying under artists privately, attending an atelier and simply striking out on my own for a period of time can only make me a better artist and person. If you choose to help I will strive to make the most of my time out in the scary world and make you proud. Keep my site bookmarked to follow my journey as I plan to document my experiences.

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Honeyed Tongue…

This coming September I will have my painting Honeyed Tongue, Poisoned Prophecy in the group show, Hell Hath No Fury, at Rothick Art Haus in Anaheim California. The show was curated by Kelly Castillo for her Femme Art Collective : Splendor Device.

AltDaily.com, local alternative news source, recently published a nice little write up about me. Elizabeth Cooke, another local artist, wrote the article and I really am pleased with how it turned out.

The Virginia Pilot also gave a brief mention to the I Like Soup show about to come down at MOCA VA.

And that’s that. I’m getting ready to start my last semester at TCC. It feels good to have the end in sight.

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Exhibitions and Good Nonsense.


I am participating in two group shows in the near future. The first will be at Ayden Gallery in Vancouver BC. The above painting, Pale Horse is my contribution to the Into the Void group show. See the Facebook event page here and Ayden Gallery’s facebook page.

Featuring new works by Megan Majewski & Nomi Chi

Supporting artists:
Chris Brett/ Kelly Haigh/ Anathema Photography/
Kristian Adam/ Redd Walitzki/ Rebekah Joy Plett/
Laura Bifano/ Eric Bostrom/ Mark Illing/ Shwa/
Elizabeth Levesque/ Chop Logik/ Phresha/
Peter Ricq/ Noah Stacey/ Alison Woodward

Live music by Kelly Haigh

Exhibition closes September 2, 2012

Do I need to explain my painting? I think it’s fairly obvious.

After that will be a group show curated by Kelly Castillo of Rothick Art Haus in Anaheim, California to debut on September 8th. I’ll be posting the piece for that show soon as well.

Check out my new Edith Lebeau original on the right. It’s called Black Swan. On the left is an awesome little sketch of me by artist Emma Mount. She had decided to draw the first person she saw on her flickr stream and I was lucky enough to be that person!