I’ve never really concerned myself with building my artistic resume or CV. I went to art school (B.F.A. in ceramics with Minors in Sculpture and Drawing). I was a working, wheel-throwing potter for several years. I then worked for a Master Furniture Maker and designed and sold my own line of furniture in galleries in Iowa City and Chicago. I even owned a contemporary art gallery in Madrid, just outside Santa Fe, New Mexico for a year. That all seems like a lifetime ago since I’ve been programming and building large web databases for clients around the country for the last 16 years.
So three years ago when I reignited my focus on my art career in Photography and Painting, the idea and importance of building a strong resume of exhibitions and collections was, and has been, low on my priority list. I paint because I love the physical aspects of making my panels and pushing large masses of color around on them.
A year ago I entered my first paintings in one of the large, prestigious juried exhibitions here on Maui. I was disappointed when my work wasn’t selected but it was a great experience and very informative to attend the show and see what work was selected. Since then I’ve entered my painting and mixed media work in several important shows here on Maui and have been thrilled that my work was selected numerous times.
Most recently I entered three pieces in the Hui Noʻeau’s 2013 Annual Juried Exhibition and was ecstatic when my work, “EDGE : GREEN” was selected for the show. (235 works of art from Maui’s top artists were submitted; 66 were chosen.)
What I did not know was that members of the Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture & the Arts previewed this exhibition to consider pieces for their Art in Public Places Program. The State of Hawaii purchases artwork to hang in public spaces and government buildings.
“Stunned” does not begin to convey the emotion I experienced when I learned that my work had been selected by the State Foundation for inclusion in their permanent collection.
I would like to extend a huge “Mahalo Nui Loa” to the Hui for their support of the Arts and Artists, to Lauren Faulkner of Fine Art Associates on Oahu, the juror for this year’s Annual Exhibition, and to the Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture & the Arts committee members for selecting my work to be part of the permanent art collection in the State of Hawaii.
The Hui blog has a very insightful interview with Lauren Faulkner, the juror for this show.