OPA Buyers and Collectors

I recently wrote a blog titled ‘So You Want To Host A Plein Air Event,’ in which I identified the three required components of a successful event: Artists, Organizers, and Buyers.  Similar to a three-legged-stools, without one of these ... Read More...

Overcome the #1 Obstacle to Art Sales By Building Your Own Art Marketing Flywheel

Why creating your own art marketing flywheel is crucial to the success of your art career. As the Chief Marketing Office for BoldBrush and FASO, I’ve had the privilege to work with hundreds of professional artists over the years. In ... Read More...

The Ideal Subject

"Sketch everything, and keep your curiosity fresh."   - John Singer Sargent "The more I paint, the more I like everything."    - Jean-Michel Basquiat As do you, I love to paint. I love nature, the experience of being outdoors. And I love ... Read More...

Elvis Has Left the Building

We’re inspired. Paint flies. Ideas run rampant and our only fear is one might escape before we get it on the canvas.  And then…nothing. Black nothingness. A post-apocalyptic wasteland. We’re left alone staring into our brain and see a ... Read More...

Reflections and Sky Holes

In choosing a subject to paint I often find I’m drawn to water. Of all the elements we find in the landscape it is the one that pulls at my creative heart. Perhaps it is because it is life-giving. Or maybe it’s the ever-changing ... Read More...

An Interview with Suzie Baker

I had the privilege of meeting Suzie Baker, briefly, at the Oil Painters of America (OPA) National Convention, held in Dallas, a few years ago. However, the first time I became acquainted with her work was when she won the Artist’s Choice ... Read More...

Paintings That Speak

What makes you fall in love with a piece of art? At the 2017 Cowgirl Up! show in Arizona, I was smitten with a painting by Phoenix artist Jessica Garrett.  Jessica's rosy, lit-by-the-sunrise-mountains reminded me of watching the morning sun ... Read More...

Artistry and Craftsmanship

You enter an art museum… you come around a corner… and there it is: a painting that immediately draws you in. Somehow through mere paint on a canvas it speaks, stirring your soul, even though the painting was painted long ago. Amazing isn’t ... Read More...

Packing for A Painting Trip

Recently I had the pleasure of taking a trip to Maine with other painter friends. This was not a workshop. We wanted to get together to paint beautiful scenery, talk about our shared passion and enjoy each other's company. Packing for ... Read More...

No Matter What, Paint

I love to paint most everything but my passion is doing figurative work, especially portraits. Nothing is more satisfying than to first capture a person’s likeness and then catch at least a glimpse of what I think of as his or her spirit ... Read More...