Exhbition in Chicago…

This past summer I was quite fortunate in many ways. I spent three weeks at the Blueberry View Artist Retreat in Benton Harbor Michigan. In addition I was granted a show at the Tom Robinson Gallery in Chicago.

The timing couldn’t be better as I had just completed the largest pieces to date during my residency at Blueberry View. I usually work on wood panel, but with travel restrictions (coming from Europe), I decided to work on paper and mount the pieces on my return. I also packed some smaller pieces I had completed back home.

This was a very exciting event for me but a bit frightening at the same time. I had never displayed my work as a painter and it was the first time I could get feedback and reactions to my work. I was feeling a bit vulnerable but those feelings quickly faded as people started to arrive and respond to my work.

I was humbled by the turnout and grateful for the many sales that were made. I couldn’t have asked for a better debut into exhibiting my work. I have many to thank for this opportunity, including Tom Robinson for welcoming into his gallery, and Harvey Tillis the talented photographer who captured the event so wonderfully.

The gardens on the grounds are stunning in an unfussy natural way. Rows and rows of olive trees, grape vines that have been nurtured for years, vegetable gardens, incredible trees and bulbs popping up everywhere. Spring is just starting to peek out and soon I will witness all of life waking up from hybernation.

The studio I am working in now is quite the treat. In the past, this studio was used by the mother of the family and it is filled floor to ceiling with oil paintings and artwork from the generations. If you haven’t seen it yet you can take the video tour of the studio here:

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