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Paintings Featured in Pittsburgh Magazine’s Home of the Year 2014

February 22nd, 2014 | No Comments

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Paintings featured in Pittsurgh Magazine’s Home of the Year 2014 cover story include Circles with Corners 26 (hanging on bulkhead) and Still Life with Supplements and Waveforms. Photo by Laura Petrilla. Image via pittsburghmagazine.com

I’m beyond thrilled to announce that my paintings are featured in the cover story of the March 2014 edition of Pittsburgh Magazine, as a part of the publication’s “Home of the Year” awards.

cover of pittsburgh magazine home of the year 2014 edition.

Pittsburgh Magazine has awarded “Renovation of the Year” to the beautiful modern home of Betsy Wentz, an interior designer who owns several of my paintings. Read the full story on pittsburghmagazine.com.

There’s a great story behind this story, as well: Michelle Helena Denk, a longtime friend of mine from Kenyon College, purchased my painting Still Life with Supplements and Waveforms (shown above) from me as a birthday gift for Betsy last summer.

Weeks later, Betsy contacted me for more works. In particular, she was drawn to my Circles with Corners Collection. Betsy purchased five paintings in this collection; two of which (Circles with Corners 26 and Circles with Corners 27) she commissioned. These paintings are hung throughout the bulkhead ceilings of her home’s first floor.

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Circles with Corners 22 is among the paintings featured in the print edition of Pittsburgh Magazine’s Home of the Year 2014.

I congratulate Betsy and her family for winning the award. My gratitude goes to Michelle for connecting us.

Press coverage of my Soyal Gallery show

May 11th, 2010 | 3 Comments

As my show at Soyal Gallery nears an end (It closes this Saturday, May 15.), I’d like to share a couple of press clippings that have cropped up over the past two weeks. I’m quite pleased to say that my work has graced the pages of Phoenix Home and Garden (May issue.), Scottsdale Republic (Saturday, May 8 edition; image here) and Java Magazine (May issue, all through the ever-popular Club Cam section).

Here’s the Phoenix Home and Garden clip:

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As this article was in development, writer Judy Harper asked me where my painting titles come from. Interesting question! And this became the focus of the write-up. For a bit more context, here is my full response, dated March 18:

“By nature, my paintings are nonrepresentational. In other words, they don’t depict, or represent, anything found in reality. Some artists paint pictures of cows, landscapes and people. I’m different, I guess. I have always wanted to paint things that don’t exist, whether it’s made-up product packaging or geometric elements. That said, there’s nothing to ‘get’ about my work. Everyone should be able to see my paintings for what they are: paintings.”

“I believe that titles have a way of forcing the viewer to see something in a painting, or make sense of what is going on in the painting. Therefore, I deliberately choose titles that don’t mean anything … they are merely combinations of letters, generated by software or scrambled translations. To me, this makes more sense than naming a painting Untitled.”

“Long story short, I don’t want to color the viewer’s perceptions of what they see. The painting should stand on its own. Before my paintings, viewers should have the opportunity to experience the literal act of seeing.”

Also, I’d like to thank Java Magazine Publisher/Editor Robert Sentinery for publishing several images of my Soyal show opening, which was a great time. Do take a moment to see the full issue here. Below is a sample; see images 3 and 8.

On that note, I’m back to the easel, painting away. No time for stopping!