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Friday, March 10, 2023

Mom

 My show at the Tory Folliard Gallery is up and the opening last Saturday went really well. All the support of clients, friends, and family was and is completely wonderful. I know that I am blessed. The show is up until mid April.

The next morning my Mom took a bad turn. All my energy is going towards my Mom. I pray she gets to come back home, and I will be doing everything I can to help her. When you see your mama in a position like this all you can do is think about everything she did for you. It's all love, and I need to be there for my family.

I will be trying to do a few shows in June and Katie is the poster artist in Ann Arbor. There are no guarantees at this point.  I will not be selling anything from my website, I will try my best to keep working and try my best to get to the shows I have. Its all up in the air. I just love my mama.

Its funny, all I wanted to do was a show that showed I am more than someone who paints pretty pictures, and now all I think I will be capable of is painting pretty pictures.



Saturday, February 25, 2023

Hamm's Beer Show

 My painting will be displayed at the Hamm's Beer Club Fest in Medina Minnesota tomorrow Feb 26th from 9 to 3. Katie and I will be there, drinking Hamm's and geeking out!


Updates, updates, updates...

 Sorry, I have not been updating this, but as a general rule, we have been stupid busy.

First off we have a show at Tory Folliard Gallery in Milwaukee with the opening on March 4 1-4PM. The work is somewhat of a departure, and it feels great. I will write more about this next week.




Thursday, November 24, 2022

The new Oldsmobiles are in early this year

 Yeah winter showed up like a tax form from the government. We are having a "white Thanksgiving" here at the farm this year. The good news is I was out on the ice, 4", and did this painting on the 21st. If anybody did an earlier painting on the ice this winter in the lower 48 states, I want to know who that bastard is! 

Being on the river a few times lately, is like going home to me. A place to escape politics, capitalism, idiots(mainly), the news, everyone and everything. No music, no advertising, no farms, no nothing except the wildlife refuge. I owe it to myself to do a series of just the river before I die. The river has been a gift.







Saturday, November 12, 2022

Catching up

     So I got a little busy. We made it through our schedule and at the end, out of sheer madness I guess, I added Memphis. I worked 6 months straight with no days off and got COVID 19 as my beer chaser reward. 

     In the meantime The Leigh Yawkey Museum bought my painting for it's permanent collection which made me extremely happy, for not only are Katie and I in their permanent collection, I know my Grandma would have been beaming with pride. Katie and I were the first married couple from Wisconsin to ever be in the Birds In Art Show at the same time. I don't do museum shows. I don't apply to things other than art fairs, and clearly I can't keep up with that anymore, so this was special for me.

    All I know is next year I am doing 4 maybe 5 art festivals tops. Never again do I want to work a schedule like this past year. Now I have all these loose ends to deal with and it feels dysfunctional. Doing shows are a blast and I can not say enough how much fun I have meeting people. My paintings open a lot of doors for me, of which I am very grateful for. That said I can't go on like this anymore. At every show people tell me, "No you have to come back, we love your work." Well, it is like that at the following show and people don't travel with us and see what it is like. It is like being on tour but in between gigs you are writing new songs and at the next show you are relying on the new shit to make your living. It is fucking exhausting. Only reluctantly am I an Art Star. Without a doubt I can say I have given it everything I could and that feels damn good. Seriously how many people give everything they have to give to something they love? I know I am truly blessed.

     We are both writing a book, and have written everyday this year recording all the madness. We are going to keep restoring our farm. We got the land put into the Pollinator Program with the USDA and are very excited to see the land be transformed.We are going to slow down. We are going to do work that is more ambitious and we don't have to care if it sells or not moving forward. We have about 8 more months to bust our asses, and then we are making a change. Maybe it will be a sabbatical. Maybe semi-retirement. I don't know and I don't have to know. Clearly I am never going to stop being an artist, it is who I am to my core. 

I will post a few paintings in my available works page soon in case anyone wants anything for Christmas. 

Katie and I have a gallery show at the Tory Folliard Gallery in Milwaukee in March.

Thank you all for helping me get through the loss of my Grandma, she is so strong in my memory it is like she is still here with me everyday.





    

    

Wednesday, August 3, 2022

Lenora Fletcher

 My Hero, one of my best friends, my Grandma died today. Til the end she inspired me with her dignity, grace, character and intelligence. She was a one room school house teacher and inspired this painting. I talked with her pretty much everyday for the last decade. She made me feel completely loved, encouraged my artistic streak, and in many ways was my mother, role model, and part of my soul. She unquestionably is very responsible for who I am today.

So I am not sure what the rest of my year will look like. All my shows this year have been ridiculously good. Before today I was unsure if I would be able to complete my schedule. For my sanity I will do my next two shows and go from there. There hasn't been an off day since Easter and excluding the upcoming funeral I do not anticipate another until October. 

Thank you all for your support, you made my Grandma very proud of me.





Thursday, June 16, 2022

Summer Schedule

 People have asked me for years about posting a show schedule.So here it is. This will mark our last full tour and so Katie and I are both each writing a book about our lives as artists, and this is the true experience of the art fair circuit. Unless somehow I need the money or I stockpile a bunch of work, the next few years I am cutting this list in half. Period.

Our first show at Old Town in Chicago was very successful, so I am short on work already.  I have very little work to give Tory Folliard Gallery at the moment. As of now I am going through with this schedule until I run out of paintings. I will not be posting anything for sale until the holidays. No days off until October and I will do my best I promise.

I am doing Uptown in Minneapolis this year as a show of support for Minneapolis after everything it went through.The Twin Cities have been especially supportive of me over the years.Thank you everyone. I will try my best to be here for all these shows.

June 24-26 Des Moines Art Festival, Des Moines IA

July 21-23 Ann Arbor Art Fair, Ann Arbor MI

August 5-7 Uptown Art Fair, Minneapolis MN

August 13 Charlevoix Art Festival, Charlevoix MI

September 9-11 St Louis Art Fair, Clayton MO

September 23-25 Plaza Art Fair, Kansas City MO

Sept 30, Oct 1,2 St James Court Art Festival Louisville KY

Also this piece got excepted into the Birds in Art at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Wausau WI. The show opens in September and Katie has a piece in it too.