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Donna Zagotta, Dancer 2011

Chasing Process Rather Than Masterpieces

                                                                                               Donna Zagotta, Dancer 2011 Last year I worked hard on producing paintings for my fall show. Seeing my current body of work framed and hung was at once satisfying and thrilling. Being so product driven in 2010 was great for me and just what I needed. Indeed, my primary goal in scheduling the show was […]

Painting the Perfect Picture

Painting the Perfect Picture

This poster hangs on my studio wall, directly in front of my painting table. It’s been there for many years but it never fails to inspire me, especially when I glance up at it while painting. It reminds me to keep on keeping on, even (especially) when the painting has gotten away from me and has totally run amuck.  As artists, we’re all – in our […]

Nathan Oliveira

Nathan Oliveira

“Visual art is a vehicle for creating worlds that are non-existent.”       Nathan Oliveira I recently learned that one of my favorite contemporary artists, Nathan Oliveira, passed away in November. I was first drawn to Oliveira’s work because he is often associated with the Bay Area Figurative Painters, an art movement that has greatly impacted my work […]

Seasonal Yin/Yang

Seasonal Yin/Yang

The Chinese concept of yin and yang describes how seemingly total opposites are actually interconnected. Dualities like light and dark, Male and female, high and low, and hot and cold are classic examples of yin and yang. Well, I just got a taste of seasonal yin and yang! I left my home in Michigan, where temps were in the teens, and […]