• Love vs. Fear Exhibit - Mill City Arts Show

    Love vs. Fear Exhibit - Mill City Arts Show

    This piece was selected for the "Love vs. Fear" Exhibit by the Mill City Art Show which will be up from November 8th through 10th at Inverted Arts Gallery in the Grain Belt Studios, 77 13th Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN.

    Here's the "statement" that went along with the painting:

    Much of my work is a reflection of love conquering fear; I’ve had a fear of putting myself out there as an artist for most of my life and something’s changed within me in the past couple of years. I’m just doing it.... But I’m a person who fervently feels in general that love is always going to win over fear - I have to believe that. I work for the Council on American-Islamic Relations and we see the affects of so much of the bigotry and hatred that abounds right now - it’s fear-based, all of it. Love is more persistent though, I know that, and will win in the end. So I have this general credo and I don’t know if it comes through in my work - I’m not certain what happens when I’m madly ravaging the canvas but I know it is in a spirit of love and joy.

  • Vine Arts Members Show Exhibit - My paintings

    Vine Arts Members Show Exhibit -  My paintings
  • Vine Arts Center Annual Members' Show

    Vine Arts Center Annual Members' Show
  • Greenway Glow

    Greenway Glow

    The Vine Arts Center presents
    The Greenway Glow
    July 27, 6:00 - Midnight

    Join hundreds of bike and fun enthusiasts for an evening of music,
    activities and art both inside and out the Ivy Arts Building!

    The fun begins at 6 PM and goes on until Midnight.

    See clip of previous Greenway glow here:
    Greenway Glow 2017

  • Yeah You Got a Right

    It's so hard for me to "formally" think of myself as an artist - to say it out loud seems inauthentic and almost fraudulent. I'm trying to get past that, obviously, since I've got a website with paintings that I'm selling.... But the critic in my head remains - "you didn't go to art school - what makes you think you can be an artist or put yourself out there like this???"

    So I look to my heroes for inspiration, one of them being Iggy. The Stooges will always be my go-to group for whatever ails me - they always inform my mood and make me feel alright. Iggy seemed terribly washed up after the Stooges - god he was in rough shape -but he got his shit together in his own way. You didn't hear about him going to treatment, he had his own philosophy about life. He still has his own way of defining success. "Here comes my Chinese rug...." Long may he run. He can put a shirt on now though...just a suggestion.

    For art I just need to apply my punk rock ethos I guess. I didn't know how to play guitar back in the 90s but that didn't stop me from starting a band - I just did it. I didn't know that I could start a second career in my late 50s but what do you know? I just did it. I am lucky to a certain extent, but I believe I change my own attitude which in turn changes my destiny (whoaa profound...have some more coffee, Patti...)