So honored to be asked to be on the cover of Wrightsville Beach Magazine for July 2017!
A great article about my art as well as two fellow local artists is on page 25, by Kathryn Manis.
Photographer Allison Potter and I played in the YWCA pool for around two hours for the cover shot. She donned SCUBA gear, an underwater camera and a backup GOPro. I must say holding my breath without blowing bubbles was harder that I thought it would be. I’m so glad she was able to capture some good shots!
GRAND OPENING of EXPO 216 is Friday May 27th, 2016. The opening coincides with Downtown Wilmington’s 4th Friday Gallery Night from 6pm-9pm.
Expo 216 will be open to the public Wednesday-Sunday from Noon-6pm.
216 N. Front Street, Wilmington NC
The opening exhibit, Ocean Plastic, will run through December 2016 and is on the issue of plastics being overly disposable and the harm it is doing to marine life. There is a CSI: Albatross interactive exhibit inspired by photographs by artist David Liittschwager as well as other educational exhibits, mingled with art from local artists and fashion designers, that fill two stories of the building.
Artist and activist Bonnie Monteleone with Plastic Ocean Project has an educational exhibit upstairs, What Goes Around Comes Around. Next door, in the Theatre Room, is my exhibit; Light within the Darkness: What Lies Beneath. The installation is a series of underwater scenes of marine life (sea turtles, jellyfish, squid, etc.) made out of recycled plastics and interacting with plastic trash. The lights in the room may be switched between gallery lighting and backlight to show the “bioluminescence” in the paintings.
Another exciting announcement about Expo 216 is I will be on staff at the gallerium during this year’s theme, Ocean Plastic. So if you must miss the opening make sure to come by during business hours and get a tour of this amazing gallery-museum hybrid.
Light Within the Darkness: What Lies Beneath
MAY 2016 – FEB 2017
I am so excited for daylight savings this weekend! Finally, more sunshine☀️. For the past two months I’ve been cooping myself up in my art room working away on paintings for an upcoming new gallery/museum in downtown Wilmington, NC. Opening is in May.
Expo 216 Ocean Plastic (216 N. Front St. Wilmington, NC 28401)
The theme of plastics in the ocean and the harm it does to animals goes perfectly with the paintings I love to create. I’m working on a series of miniature paintings of the ocean floor, with pieces of plastics harvested from the ocean (courtesy of Bonnie Monteleone with Plastic Ocean Project) and other plastics and recycled materials.
Also coming out on April 1st, 2016. The Mystical Magical Amazing Fantastical Gardens of Airlie book will be here for purchase. This will be a limited, numbered and signed, hardcover edition with the softcover soon to follow. My lovely cousin Anne Russell asked me to do the art for this book back in December of 2014. It took me all of 2015 to complete the project, 15 paintings in all. We are very excited that it is finally finished and ready just in time for spring.
Coming into the new year I keep reminding myself that this day counts just as much as tomorrow. So now instead of saying I need to get this done tomorrow or this week or by then, I say why not now? I can knock this out real quick. Let me get this done today so tomorrow is free for the next thing.
It’s amazing how good I feel when I get a chore done or work on a project as soon as it pops in my mind. Productivity is a good feeling. The problem is when many things pop in my mind at once. I start a million little projects and never complete a chore in one go.
So I remind myself. Today matters. Not just with what I need to get done, but with my sanity as well. What is going to make me smile today? I’ll get that one done for sure.
To breathe underwater is truly an amazing experience. I started scuba diving when I was 21. I knew I would fall in love with the sport and had been wanting to get certified since I was old enough to understand I couldn’t breathe underwater like a fish. So, finally, I did it. And it was the beginning of a beautiful love song, a way of life, my destiny. I soon found a job on a dive boat and worked my way up to Divemaster. During that time I found bucket loads of shark teeth. I made necklaces and gave them away as gifts to my friends and family, but still I was swimming in teeth. So now I sell them. Check it out and get yourself something pretty…and badass.
I live and dive off the coast of south east NC, so I find really big shark teeth. If you’ve heard of the extinct Mega-tooth shark, C. megalodon, you know what I’m talking about. If not check out this link about the giant whale-eating predators.
I also love to paint and create multi-media 3D paintings. There’s prints of those here. Maybe some originals floating around too. My sports influence what I like to paint. Besides diving there’s surfing, sailing, swimming, and enjoying the beauty of nature.