I'm testing out some new live streaming equipment this week! I'm hoping to start making videos and streaming my painting process this spring. Keep an eye out for the streaming announcement as as it all comes together!
2023 was a big year! I participated in 55 exhibitions, received 59 awards, and appeared in 2 collection catalogues, 5 print magazines, and 15 online publications.
I'm so grateful for the opportunities I've had to share my artwork with all of you, and I look forward to the opportunities that lie ahead in 2024. Thank you as always for your constant support!
Thank you to all of the galleries, grant foundations, and art publications for the opportunity to participate!
For the last few months I've been working on an enormous painting, "The Kiss of Consecration" and building its frame. This weekend I finally got to see it all together and on a gallery wall for the first time with the opening of ÀNI Art Academies Capturing Realism Caribbean 2023!
This project has been a wonderful challenge for me, it's the largest painting I've made and I've hand-built this frame specifically as a companion to this painting, bringing the two together a single unified piece. It was so rewarding to see it in a gallery. Something I didn't expect, because of the size and the framing of the piece it almost looks like a doorway that you could walk through when you see it in person.
This painting will be painting will be hanging in Arte San Ramón Galleria for the rest of the month, then I'm hoping to be able to show it the US. Stay tuned for more pictures and videos from the exhibition!
Congratulations to the ÀNI Art Academies Dominicana apprentices and graduates for a terrific opening of Capturing Realism Caribbean 2023! I'm very proud of the hard work of all involved. This is the first ÀNI exhibition in the Caribbean and took place in the beautiful Arte San Ramón gallery. We were fortunate enough to have a visit with ÀNI's new president, Jonathan Reutenauer, coincide with the exhibition as well! There are plenty more pictures and videos on the way later this week! Congrats again to the excellent artist who participated in this exhibition!
Fall is always a busy season for art exhibitions. I’m so pleased to have had the opportunity to participate in several this month!
First, my charcoal drawing Cervicalgia exhibited in “The Skull and Skeleton in Art” at The Gallery at Lakeland. It was such a pleasure to exhibit with so many talented artists from my home city of Cleveland! You can watch a video walkthrough of the entire exhibition here on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LGZXbDb7ePk Thanks very much to gallery curator Mary Urbas for the opportunity!
Then, I got the good news that some of my artworks will be featured in a few magazines! I received an Honorable Mention in Artists Network's 40th Annual Art Competition! My painting “The Tale of the Curious Oysters” will be printed in the Jan/Feb issue of Artists Magazine, set to hit newsstands on December 26th. I also won 2nd Place in Art and Color 365's Drawings Competition and received a very generous 4 pages in the Fall issue of the magazine. Thank you very much to The Artists Network and Art&Color 365 for these publication opportunities.
I received a few awards, most notably the Masterpiece Prize in the American Art Awards. My painting “The Journeyman” won in 4 categories – First Place Self Portrait, Second Place Oil (Figure), Third Place Realism (Human), and Sixth Place Realism (Still Life). This was my first time participating in the American Art Awards, and I had a great experience. Thank you to Thom Bierdz for the opportunity!
Some other exhibitions I participated in October included:
- “Realism” at Camelback Gallery (The Tale of the Curious Oysters received a Bronze award)
- September Monthly Painting Competition at BoldBrush (The Tale of the Curious Oysters received a Jury Favorite)
- “Faces & Features” at Gallery 4 Percent (The Journeyman received a Distinction award)
- The 92nd Annual Juried Online Exhibition at the National Art League (The Journeyman received the Don Huber Memorial Award)
- “Figure/Portrait” with Richeson75 International (The Journeyman)
Thank you everyone for your support and encouragement! As things wind down for the approaching winter season, I look forward to taking some time to rest and reflect on everything I’ve accomplished this year.
I'm so excited to announce my latest painting, The Kiss of Consecration. This painting has been forming for the last 4 years with the first sketches being scribbled all the way back in 2019. I've kept it in mind since then and I finally got back to working on the composition earlier this year. This is the largest painting I've done to date at 42x60 inches and is the first painting I've built totally from scratch - making stretcher bars, stretching the linen, and building an arched tabernacle frame to match. I'll share more pictures of the framed work once its hanging in the gallery next week for the opening of Capturing Realism Caribbean! Until then, let me tell you a little about the painting:
The Kiss of Consecration is a dramatic contemporary interpretation of Joan of Arc’s vision of St. Michael, St. Margaret, and St. Catherine instructing her to defend the French countryside from the invading English.
The central figures are intentionally anachronistic, with modern hair and tattoos alluding to the contemporary narrative, and the composition ambiguous. The wings that embrace them seem to simultaneously come from both characters and Joan of Arc wears a halo rather than the figure she believes to be Saint Michael. He materializes behind her, his full form obscured, whispering intimately into her ear and arming her with an allusion to St. Michael’s flaming sword. His titular kiss is reminiscent of Judas’ kiss, the kiss of death, indicative of his sinister nature. He is a representation of the religious ideology that compelled Joan to take up arms, and of the church who burned her at the stake then later claimed her as a saint.
Saint Margaret and Saint Catherine look on in trepidation with Joan’s armor and battle standard, knowing that she is doomed to the same fate they suffered. Historically, all three women died young as martyrs of the church. Three nearby ravens appear as omens of their death. Notably, the models chosen for the three figures are of different nationalities - Dominican, Mexican, and American - suggesting that the message of the painting is globally broad.
Thank you to the art models: Kelsey Rubenking, Zach Miller, Luz Sahira Rosario, and Karla Rebolledo Moset!
I recently finished building the companion frame for my painting, The Tale of the Curious Oysters! The painting was inspired by 17th-century Dutch still life paintings, so I decided to try my hand at building a period ripple mold style frame with Flemish corners to match. Thank you to historical frame recreationist Philip Taylor, whom I consulted with on several occasions to learn how to accomplish this goal. I’m so happy to finally share it with you!
Another big thank you to fellow ÀNI artists Fraelo Lantigua Garcia and Luz Sahira Rosario for assisting me in the shop. We’ve all learned a lot and I look forward to seeing the frames that they’ll craft as well! And also to my mother, Pam Miller for custom engraving the perfect brass name plate for the frame.
This was a really cool challenge, and I had a lot of fun. I’ve been really excited about making my own moldings and building my own frames as companions for my paintings, making the two together a single unified piece of art. This painting, along with a couple of other paintings and frames I’ve been working on, will be exhibiting at the upcoming Capturing Realism Caribbean exhibition at Arte San Ramón Gallery, opening on November 3rd. Can’t wait to share more about those pieces with you soon!