I had shown some of my works a little over a year ago in a small but super art gallery
downtown El Cajon, "White Sage Gallery", working studio/gallery of sculptor/painter Diane Keltner.
What she has done in that space is create a beautiful gallery that when you step inside you
might think you are in a gallery in Santa Fe or Taos instead of El Cajon, it's just beautifully
done with perfect lighting. It was an honor to show there.
A little over a week ago Diane emailed me that the space next door was coming available.
Knowing how much I wanted and needed to get a working studio of my own she forwarded
the information to me. Now, I've thought long and hard many times over the past years about
the advantages and disadvantages of having a dedicated gallery space outside the home, so it
isn't that it was a new idea, however it wasn't something I was actively looking for just now.
Sometimes the opportunity knocks when we aren't expecting it, so I went over to check out the space
and meet the owner. Well it didn't take much to sway me, I could see myself there with plenty of room
for all my supplies, works in progress and canvas waiting to be used, and I could also see the
"spill over" from my studio at home removed, much to the relief of virtually every other room in my house
that screams "an artist lives here".
My family doesn't recall what a home should look like, I'm sure, because my current studio doesn't have room
for much but what I am currently working on, so there are six foot tall canvas leaning against the living room
windows, a seven foot tall canvas in the kitchen in progress, (that size doesn't fit in my studio under any
circimstance), art books and magazines, paintings leaning about etc.
But no more! Not only will we regain the house, but collectors and those intersted in my work will be welcome
to visit my new studio to see what I am working on, and see finished works available through my studio.
Currently in the new studio space, as soon as I get moved in, you'll be able to see these two works in progress
6'x7' Holstein Bull Portrait, commission for one of my very first collectors
Similar to the other large format Bull, but with different lighting and a different expression,
although the background will be similar as well I'll be adjusting it to my client's specific preference.
30"x40" Texas Longhorn Portrait commission
If you live in the area, I'd love for you to stop by once I'm settled, and if not, perhaps sometime you will
be able to visit, of course as usual I'm always available through email and continue to guarantee
satisfaction with your purchase no matter what.
Original works are also still available from the following Fine Art Galleries :
Julian Art Gallery, Julian, California
Vertical Peaks Fine Art, Jackson Hole, Wyoming