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Aug 8, 2015

Why it’s important to give yourself permission to take a break. [Art] isn't about being in the studio, it's about being in the world. - Robert Irwin A couple of years ago a local gallery owner paid me a visit with an eye towards representation. …

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Category: Creativity   Tags: Studio
Aug 1, 2015

Non-ordinary Connection Art connects us. It tells us we’re human, we’re like one another, we feel the same emotions. My mission as a human being, and my job as an artist, is to use art to create deep connections among us. Those deep connect…

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Category: Social Practice Art   Tags: Installation, Studio, Audience Participation, Social Sculpture, Ironic Participation
Jul 26, 2015

Averse Attractions: Why we can't look away I'm delighted to see that the discussion about the grotesque is in the mainstream again. I wrote about this several years ago: The psychological attraction of gore Recently the Huffington Post started a discu…

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Category: Philosophy   Tags: Gore
May 25, 2015

Why you do it, that is the question to answer. "People don't buy what you do, they buy why you do it." Simon Sinec said that to explain successful endeavors. So, why do you do it? It is my mission as a human and my job as an artist to use art to crea…

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Category: Art Business   Tags: philosophy
May 8, 2015

I was very excited to learn today that Senator Leahy has introduced an important amendment to the tax law and it's now sitting with the Committee on Finance.  S. 931 To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide that a deduction equal to fa…

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Category: Art Business   Tags: Activism
May 7, 2015

CARR law survives, now what? Can we roll this out to the rest of the country? I've never understood why artists in music, writing, acting, and film-making receive royalties, but visual artists do not. I support artists receiving resale royalties on th…

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Apr 28, 2015

6 Commonly Asked Questions on Grant Applications and How to Answer Them       1. How will grant funds be used? Operational: Name concrete expenses you expect to incur, like space rental, equipment costs, or artist fees. This helps …

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Category: How to   Tags: Art Business
Apr 21, 2015

I learned long ago not to use the pressure of a deadline to force the work. It's much less stressful to work ahead. Also, I'm not reliant on the pressure for creativity as so many believe they are. More importantly, life experience has taught me that ther…

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Category: Nonordinary Reality Paintings   Tags: Poetry, painting progression, Show
Mar 23, 2015

VOICES UP! WRITING OUR GRIT AND SILK. During the Seattle City Hall art & social change exhibit, The Incredible Intensity of Just Being Human, poet, writer, and poetry curator Ann Teplick hosted a two-hour poetry workshop, whose focus is struggle a…

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Category: Show   Tags: Poetry
Jan 22, 2015

Red

Two of my Accident Paintings series have just been accepted into an e-xhibit called Red. A very nice acceptance letter came via email today.             "Multiple accepted entries came from 26 dif…

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Category: Show   Tags: Accident Paintings