Ten Years Gone

Ten years ago today – May 27th, 2001 – I arrived at Ox-Bow for a three month long fellowship residency.

It’s hard to express to everyone around me how important my time there was, how transformative it was, how much it has stayed with me and influenced everything that I am.

“It is a circus of cycles: rejuvenation and writhing. And each year new initiates take up residence even as the remains of those who had gone before continue a silent obliteration. To call its colors: all manner of greens and the diffuse, languid blues of late summer days, tinseled pinpricks of red and gold. It is a baptism of twilight and smoke, a romance – like long forgotten songs that still ring in the air – of memories echoing in a shell, of sounds muffled in the ear.” – from A Mnemonic of Longing, an unpublished essay, 2002-2009.

Above: The Ox-Bow Lagoon in the gloaming, summer 2001.

Amazing Spring 2011 Beginning Drawing Work

Above: Michelle Dow, Still Life, Graphite on Paper, 18 by 24 inches, 2011.

Above: Anne Mauldin, Fabric Landscape, Charcoal on Paper, 18 by 24 inches, 2011.

Above: Nick Murphy, Jesse Hall , Graphite on Paper, 18 by 24 inches, 2011.

Above: Haley Akinson, Parachute Mountain, Charcoal on Paper, 18 by 24 inches, 2011.

Above: Katie Moe, Cast Collection Drawing, Graphite on Paper, 24 by 18 inches, 2011.

Above: Stephanie Oexman, Jesse Hall Drawing, Graphite on Paper, 18 by 24 inches, 2011.

Above: Taylor Nixon, Cast Sculpture Drawing, Graphite on Paper, 18 by 24 inches, 2011.

Above: Camille Cragin, Parachute Mountain, Charcoal on Paper, 18 by 24 inches, 2011.

Above: Andi Tockstein, Graphite on Paper, 24 by 18 inches, 2011.

Girls With Shoes

Above: my daughter Miranda (age 1) sitting with her mom’s shoe…

Below: my niece (Miranda’s cousin) Cassie (looking about age one here) with her mom’s (my sister Denya) shoe…

The Larry Show Postcards!!!

So the upcoming “Larry” show, curated by the awesome Sloane Snure Paullus, has postcards that solicit drawing upon said postcard (to be exhibited alongside the work of 40+ artists [including me and some of my best students] at the George Caleb Bingham Gallery at the University of Missouri this summer)… Below are some of my very own “The Larry Show” postcard drawings. Enjoy, and click for larger versions :)

And here’s the verso, giving details about the show… I hope you can make it. There’ll be a whole wall of visitor-submitted card drawings (including a few more of my own), so be sure to see the show!


“The Bell, Struck” – Tondos by Tim Lowly and Matt Ballou

I’ve got an show coming up in Louisville, KY with Tim Lowly at the 930 Art Center. Click HERE to see the 930′s website for the show. Click HERE to see a gallery of some of the work I’ll be presenting there and HERE for work from Tim. I’m really looking forward to this exhibition! If you’re going to be in the area this summer, check it out!

Above: Bells, acrylic on paper mounted on panel, 24 inches in diameter. In progress.