Laura Ball for David B. Smith Gallery

Fabulous forces are encountered in the paintings of Laura Ball. Her heroines have entered the region of supernatural wonder. For Ball, as for Joseph Campbell, a hero is a person
in the world who encounters another person, a god or a guide, or has a traumatic experience, and thus begins a journey. Her watercolor paintings of girls on the heroʼs journey are inspired by Joseph Campbell and Greek Mythology.

Enrique Chagoya Controversy in Loveland

I wrote this piece for the Huffington Post about the controversy over Enrique Chagoya’s “The Misadventures of Romantic Cannibals” at the Loveland Museum. The truck driver from Montana, Kathleen Folden pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor and received 18 months probation. Colorado Councilman May Want To Explore Why Art “Turned Him On.” Also on Huffington Post,…

Dena Schuckit: The Garden is a Raging Sea essay for David B. Smith Gallery

Though not a realist,
Schuckit’s categorizing of headline imagery is similar. She creates a raster of images
and allows them to produce a rhizome of new impressions. The scale of these
average-sized paintings is large, perhaps larger than life, as indicated by the tiny
human figures in the bottom foreground of Aerial Event 2, which plays on our
psychological distance from these dramatic events; these images play over and over,
but somehow do not manage to connect us to the disasters, whether natural or manmade.

Nude Alterations by Marie M. Vlasic on adobeairstream.com

Vlasic does more than just capture the likeness of the individual and their essence. Part of her art, is in selecting interesting, unique and fascinating people. She prefers those who have life experience and unusual personalities. “Pretty people aren’t as interesting,” Vlasic said. Another important element of this work is that she has consciously selected poses and images of these that eliminates sexuality from the nude. Her portraits alter their subjects in a way that their tattoos cannot.

Stephen Hannock

Stephen Hannock is a craftsman of the highest calibre, a scientist, an artist, a man with a network of A-list collectors and friends. His luminescent paintings are more like documentary films that capture his own personal story and intertwine it with stories and people of a specific place.

The Art of Selling Art on the Web

The primary buyers of art seem to be hotels, hospital and blue-chip billionaires hedging their funds in Warhols and Picasso’s. Collectors are not spending their discretionary income because their walls are already filled. Artwork Network doesn’t claim to be an art expert and they are not representing artists. For them, art is a product and they are a tool to help sell that product. Perhaps websites like Artwork Network can build their brand around a new kind of art buyer, one that doesn’t have to know the difference between acrylic and oil, whose willing to spend $500 for something because they like it and it matches the furniture, and for whom art is not a luxury but a necessity.

New Schools: Fort Lewis College Seniors explore “isms” in exhibit from Durango Herald

In Durango, art students are not always exposed to the newest, most avant-garde work from the finest galleries and museums in New York, London and around the world. One will not find a fine art video or audio installation at FLC. (That may be problematic for students who want to pursue their MFAs, as new media art is everywhere.) What one will find is strong, elemental and basic design skills from the graphic students who show an eye for color, negative space and typesetting.