Saturday, December 24, 2011
Top to bottom: Fossil Beds 28"x50", another orchard 34"x50", some plants approx. 40"x56", Black Crater approx. 40"x56". The bottom two are big experiments and will probably change quite a bit from these images, but it's always nice to see where things start.
Thursday, December 22, 2011
Sunday, December 11, 2011
Monday, November 14, 2011
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Friday, October 28, 2011
Friday, October 21, 2011
Here's the beginning of a new painting painted on top of an old painting. It's a complete experiment, and I'm trying keep it loose. We'll see how it goes, but right now it kind of feels like I'm painting it out of the corner of my eye.
Monday, October 17, 2011
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Saturday, October 8, 2011
Monday, September 26, 2011
This summer has flown by, and it's already time for fall open studios. Please join me in my studio this weekend for lots of new paintings, prints, and photographs. Details below. Hope to see you there.
Mission Open Studios
1890 Bryant (btwn 17th and Mariposa)
Friday, September 30, 6-9PM
Saturday, October 1, 11AM-6PM
Sunday, October 2, 11AM-6PM
Monday, September 19, 2011
This month's Art Ltd. has a lovely review of my recent show at Artzone 461. The text, by Dewitt Cheng, is below.
Photography and Impressionism came of age together in mid-19th century Paris, sharing an interest in the new world as a compelling spectacle requiring no moral or allegorical justification. The staged tableaux of the classical tradition gave way to realism, nicely exemplified in Stendhal's description of the novel as a mirror carried down a road. With their oddly cropped compositions, blurred focus, and embrace of the fugitive and transient, the slice-of-life works of Degas, Manet, Monet, and Renoir paradoxically foreshadow Kodak. (Other painters took photographic roads not chosen by the Impressionists, of course.) Painter Heidi McDowell updates this symbiosis, exploiting the "quick, cheap and easy nature of digital cameras" and the auto's mobility to scan for images worthy of transcription into her chosen medium. McDowell: "Oil painting has its own 'artifacts' and unpredictable process-related effects... Rough painterly marks are often enough to indicate detail, and each medium mixed with the paint adds its own unique texture to the painting's surface." She includes in her finished works, however, the "digital artifacts, dust on the sensor, reflections in the car window and other 'aberrations' found in photographic source material."
McDowell's two dozen paintings from 2010 and 2011 in Road Trip are unsentimental and unfussy--no waiting for the photographic golden hour here--yet, despite their modest size, dramatic. Faraway views like Silo 2, Red Hill, Radar, and Reservoir are so suffused with light and atmosphere that their ostensible subjects, shrunk and faded by distance, seem, initially, almost irrelevant; once seen, however, they become surrogates for the passing viewer--silent sentinels. The askew horizons, close-up views, and tight cropping in Tank 2, Yosemite Landscape, Tank Reflection, Refinery 3 and House on Stilts commemorate the landmarks of the passing scene while recapitulating compositional devices employed by modernist painters and photographers alike. Her paintings of riders in passing cars (Duster, Fastback) add social observation, while the twin water towers in Victorville add deadpan humor. Such is the yield from a memory chip driven along a superhighway by a sharp-eyed driver/painter.
KQED also has a very nice review, Road Trips: Two Shows, Three Artists and Many Possible Paths, here.
The show came down in August, but I will have some work up at open studios in two weeks.
Sunday, August 28, 2011
Monday, July 25, 2011
Great big thanks to everyone who came out for the show opening! I spend so much time alone in the studio with this work, and it is such a treat to share it with friends. Road Trip runs through August 21 at Artzone 461 Gallery.
Spring, 28"x50", oil on canvas, 2011
87, 48"x72", oil on canvas 2011
87, 48"x72", oil on canvas 2011
152, 49"x64", oil on canvas, 2011
Sunday, July 17, 2011
I'm so happy to announce the opening of my solo show Road Trip this week in the main gallery at Artzone 461. This new body of work explores my interest our contemporary relationship to the landscape as it is shaped by car travel and recorded with digital media. More information can be found here. Hope you can make it to the opening reception on Saturday. Details below.
July 23-August 21
Artzone 461 Gallery
461 Valencia (btwn. 15th and 16th), San Francisco, CA
and by appointment
Saturday, July 23, 5pM-8PM
Sunday, June 26, 2011
My partner in crime, Jon McNeal, has had some photographs selected for a show at the Bedford Gallery in Walnut Creek. Juried by the assistant curator for painting and sculpture at the SF MoMA, the show had over six hundred entries. About sixty artists were selected. Stop by if you are in the neighborhood. More info below.
Outlandish: Contemporary Depictions of Nature
July 7 - September 4
1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek, CA
Tuesday-Sunday, noon - 5PM
Opening Reception :
Thursday, July 7, 6-8PM