Ephemerama #37

Its been again another long spell since I’ve felt like blogging. The late winter and spring have been challenging with a sad slow-motion train wreck of a break-up and considerable work stress from my several jobs; but I’m emerging from all that ‘real living’ a little wiser and newly reflective. About two months I had … More Ephemerama #37

Ephemerama #36

“I did not know if I could make this painting, ethically or emotionally,… I don’t know what it is like to be black in America. But I do know what it is like to be a mother. Emmett was Mamie Till’s only son. I thought about the possibility of painting it only after listening to … More Ephemerama #36

Ephemerama #35

A few weeks back President Trump released his proposed budget and as expected there were severe cuts to the arts. According to the Washington Post: “The president’s budget would eliminate the NEA’s $148 million budget, the NEH’s $148 million budget and the CPB’s $445 million budget, as well as $230 million for the Institute of … More Ephemerama #35

Ephemerama #34

About two weeks ago I finally sat down and watched the movie Moonlight, with my boyfriend and was blown away by the story. I’d never scene a movie quite like it that seemed to so accurately depict my youth. I’m still trying to decide whether the movie was a gay coming -of-age story or a … More Ephemerama #34

Ephemerama #33

Over the last couple days I’ve finished painting the under layers for my latest painting, Pilot 6, and things are looking good. There is a bit of a wobble to the frame of the piece that couldn’t be helped because of the way I framed the piece but I think ultimately its a small issue. … More Ephemerama #33

Ephemerama #32

After 4 years in the academic teaching wilderness I’ve returned to college level teaching this spring. I’m teaching a printmaking course at Muhlenberg College, Print 1 to be specific. I thought I’d talk a little about what I’d like to cover in this class, and go through some of my fears in prepping the course. … More Ephemerama #32

Ephemerama #31

In the summer of 2002 I packed up my beat up Subaru Loyale, a car I affectionately called the Battle-Wagon, and left Ann Arbor, Michigan for New York City. I left what might have been a loving relationship and a several job prospects for a city where I knew only a couple people and had … More Ephemerama #31

Ephemerama #30

I though with only a few more days left in the year, that it was a good time to do a year-in-review in art. My friend Michelle Neifert and I began this year saying that it would be the best year ever. It was our mantra, a toast we’d say whenever we got together for … More Ephemerama #30

Ephemerama #29

Like more than half the voting population I am devastated by the news of Trump’s victory in the presidential election and feel like I lost my country. I’m frankly having a hard time coming to grips with what’s about to happen to America. My chief struggle now is figuring out how not to look at … More Ephemerama #29

Ephemerama #28

What makes a presidential administration successful when it comes to the arts? What are the metrics we use to say this president was a artistic philosopher-king and that one was a philistine…, an artistic neophyte. Several months ago I sought a way to gauge this years crop of presidential candidates on their support for the … More Ephemerama #28