I was SO excited to find some canvases on sale today! I have qute a bit of smaller ones here in the studio, but was really hoping to be able to scale things up.
In the years following college most of my time was spent working full time and making art whenever there was a free moment - long story short, it wasn't too often! While my subject became more focused and my craft improved, things were getting stale. Interpretations of my ideas grew stagnant, I decided to freshen things up and take a class with a wonderful local artist and friend here in San Diego. The theme of this class was “The Gift of Empathy”, we could work in any media with just a few guiding criteria. When the theme was revealed, I was a bit concerned as at the time since I had just experienced the sudden loss of a friend - there was very little empathy in my body and I wasn't sure how to refill the reserves. Then we were given our secondary project: Abandoned Art. This was a new idea to me, but just a quick search on social media revealed a large community of folks who participate in this gift giving activity!
The #sandiegoreader recently put out a contest to artists to decorate their cover - I saw an opportune moment to get Sheriff Joey out in the world! I painted him and his crow deputy surrounded by prickly, colorful cacti and sent it in, crossing my fingers and hoping for the best.
Guess who was selected as 1st runner up?!
Check out Sheriff Joey in the latest edition of the San Diego Reader, Page 16!