Friday, November 9, 2012


I realize it's been a spooky amount of time since I've posted here - suffice it to say, it's been a busy summer and fall out here in Philadelphia. I'd love to update you on the blow-by-blow of the last several months, but they were crammed full of stuff... so I'd only be able to hit a few highlights. Let's recap a little but mostly focus on upcoming good things, shall we? So, here's the latest:
•I am so pleased to be a part of a group exhibition in New York City this November. The exhibition, entitled “Converge: Where Classical & Contemporary Art Collide,” was created and curated by Allison Malafronte, former senior editor of American Artist magazine. Allison is an arts writer, editor, columnist, and curator based in New York City. You can see more on the exhibition and the curator’s statement at the following link:
•I was also fortunate to have had my first solo exhibition here in Philadelphia at Artists’ House Gallery in Old City. The show was on display from October 3-28, but if you are still interested in any of the pieces on the website (, feel free to contact Artists’ House for more information!
•My painting “the uncertain silence” won an Anna Hyatt Huntington Bronze Medal at the Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club’s 116th Annual Open Exhibition this October! You can see the exhibition online at the following link:
the uncertain silence - 12"x9", oil on linen
•In early October I spent a week painting with friends in Barcelona! It was a terrific time, though we did run into some trouble with the law… apparently it is illegal to paint on the streets of Barcelona! Who knew? Anyway, please see my friend’s tongue-in-cheek video about our strange experiences and our dangerous art addiction problem:

6"x6" sketch of the view from Montserrat, Catalonia

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Painting, panting.

Y'all may have noticed that it's been absurdly hot here in the mid-Atlantic region of late (and, what the heck, in most of the country, really)... yet I have been trying like mad to fight all of my worst urges to melt into an overheated puddle of despair, and instead to KEEP. PAINTING. So, here are a few things I've been up to, just bits and pieces - the first is a sketch done at a friend's studio yesterday, the next is a sneak detail of a larger piece (30"x40", I think) that I am finishing up for a show this October - more details soon!

suspense (sketch), 6"x6", oil on panel 

master of your universe (detail), 30"x40", oil on canvas

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Other people's studios.

Been busy painting lately, both in my usual location and in other people's studios. For example, I'm subletting a friend's studio for part of the summer, and the change of scenery is definitely nice... not to mention the large amount space and the beautiful north light. It's pleasant, and there are new things to paint, yay! Including this chair:

chair sketch

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Back from a break, but not broken.

Wow, it's been a while since I've posted here... probably because it's been super duper crazy busy. In a good way! Ok, so let me try to get you up to date as quickly as possible: first, John and I went to Paris...

...and also to Colmar...

...and I showed some paintings in Wilmington...

...and went landscape painting with friends...

...then I went to the Portrait Society of American conference here in Philly...

...then John and I adopted some kittens...

...and John and I went to NYC to see some artist friends...

...and have gone to see some art here in Philly as well...
Daniel Garber painting at the Philadelphia Museum of Art
...and all the while I've been working on some of my own paintings, of course...
sketch of smm, oil on birch panel, 9"x12"
...including some larger paintings...
first draft of an eye painting, a BIG one, for me - 36"x48"
So... been BUSY! But in a good way, as you can see.
More in-depth updates soon, once I have a moment!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Surveying the landscape.

One wonderful part of the weekend before last was getting out to paint outdoors again, for the first time in a while (I don't do well outdoors in winter, even in a mild one). Here's a little sketch I did while out in rural Pennsylvania two weekends ago:

Prescott - a sketch, oil on panel, 6"x12"

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Beyond "The Expedition and Beyond"

Oh Internet, I am so giddy with happiness after a weekend spent with my fabulous fellow artists of “The Expedition and Beyond” exhibition down in Alexandria, Virginia… first, at the opening, then afterwards on a mini painting retreat out in semi-rural Pennsylvania. Ahhhh!!! Here are some photos from the opening:

 Steve Kantor and Alexandra Tyng

 Principle Gallery client and Rachel Constantine

 Sadie Valeri, Ali Ringenburg, Rachel Constantine

 Terry Strickland with the collectors who now own her painting of "The Three Fates" for which Sadie Valeri, Alia El-Bermani and myself were models

 Sadie Valeri, Alia El-Bermani, Rachel Constantine, Stefani Tewes

 Sadie Valeri, Diane Feissel, Alia El-Bermani, Rachel Constantine, Stefani Tewes

 My painting of Rachel Constantine at left, at right the painting of me (and a kitten) by Alia El-Bermani

 Angela Cunningham, Alia El-Bermani, Shannon Runquist

 Mario Robinson with a self-portrait by Rachel Constantine

 Diana Cobb Anstey and Alexandra Tyng

 Alia El-Bermani, Rachel Constantine, Stefani Tewes and Angela Cunningham

 Katherine Lofft and Rachel Constantine

 Cindy Procious and Mario Robinson

 Mia and Veronique Bergeron

 Cindy Procious and Linda Tracey Brandon

 Terry and Carly Strickland

Mia Bergeron and Cindy Procious

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

L'exposition "Expedition"

Because I'm certain I haven't posted enough about it yet, I'm going to remind you-all out there on the Internets that "The Expedition and Beyond" is opening this Friday, April 13, at Principle Gallery in Alexandria, VA! Check out Principle's blog post on the show at this link, and the image below, an ad featured in this month's edition of American Art Collector:

Aaaaaaand... there is more! We also have an article in this month's American Art Collector - here's a sneak peek:

Some of my fellow artists in the exhibition have written about the upcoming exhibition - we're all looking forward to it, and to seeing you there!!
Alexandra Tyng's blog
Alia El-Bermani's blog
Carly Strickland's blog
Katherine Stone's blog
Linda Tracey Brandon's blog
Sadie Valeri's blog
Terry Strickland's blog

MORE! Here are some kindly other writers and artists who have posted regarding the show:
Matthew Innis
Paula O'Brien
Tricia Ratliff

Sunday, March 25, 2012


RIP dear little Libby ("Libitina") Feissel, our little tuxedoed friend: 1997-2012.

Sunday, March 18, 2012


I wanted to take a moment to extend thanks to fellow artist Matthew Innis for his coverage of the upcoming "The Expedition and Beyond" show on his blog Underpaintings, which celebrates excellence in representational art. Click here for a link to the post:

The art community is lucky to have as talented an artist and writer as Matthew regularly sharing commentary, research and exhibitions pertaining to representational painting. Definitely check out his blog on a regular basis!

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Cataloguing the "Expedition" exhibition.

I am so pleased to announce that the catalogue for the "The Expedition & Beyond" exhibition is now available for purchase! I'm also happy to report that my painting of fellow artist, fellow expedition participant and fellow Philadelphia resident Rachel Constantine is featured on the cover of the catalogue, yay! You can order your very own copy at the following link:

Monday, February 20, 2012

The Expedition and Beyond: a video sneak preview.

Greetings! As I mentioned in my previous post, things are gearing up for the April exhibition at Principle Gallery - "The Expedition and Beyond." Participating artist Terry Strickland has created the following video preview of the show, a collection of work by 13 artists who painted and lived together for a week in November 2010 on Sullivan's Island, South Carolina (just outside of Charleston). Enjoy the video:

Sunday, February 12, 2012

On Expedition!

I'm happy to announce that the kind folks at Principle Gallery will be hosting an exhibition opening just two months from now, including works inspired by the Charleston, SC painting expedition I participated in with 11 other wonderful artists in November 2010! More information on the painting expedition can be found at this link - and some preliminary information on the upcoming exhibition "On Expedition" can be found at this link.

The artists on the 2010 expedition have developed and maintained strong connections during and since the trip; the friendships and comraderie fostered by the trip have inspired an ongoing dialogue about life, painting, and women's role in contemporary representational art.

The painting below is one I will have in the show, stay tuned for more!

guest (portrait of artist Susan Lyon), 9"x12", oil on panel, 2012

Monday, January 30, 2012

The unbearable likeness of being.

Just a reminder - three days until the opening of a fantastic portrait show here in Philly! I'm honored to be included in a show alongside some great people and amazing artists, including alumni and faculty of PAFA and Studio Incamminati, as well as artist Alexandra Tyng, whose portrait of Louis Kahn was recently acquired by the National Portrait Gallery (see my post on this here). Hope to see you at the opening this Thursday night - here are the details again:

A group exhibition showcasing portraits - curated by Brooke Hine, sponsored by InLiquid
February 1st - March 28th, 2012
Opening Reception: February 2nd from 5:30 - 7:30

Location: Philadelphia Board ofEthics
The Packard Building
1441 Sansom Street, 2nd Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Participating artists:
Rachel Constantine
Kerry Dunn
Stephen Early
Diane Feissel
Katherine Fraser
Amy Kann
Jon Laidacker
Carlo Russo
Alexandra Tyng
Lea Wight

smoke, 20"x20", oil on canvas, by Diane Feissel

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Principle Opening - "From What I Remember/From What I Forget"

Despite unexpectedly wintry weather in Alexandria, VA, there was a great turnout of wonderful people for the Broad Street Studio-curated exhibition "From What I Remember/From What I Forget" at Principle Gallery! Here are some photos from the reception last Friday night - if you missed it, the show is up through the middle of February, check it out! Here are some photos from the reception:

 Artist Elsa Muñoz with her painting "Half-Light"
 Me, at left, with Mario Robinson and his painting "The Novelist"

 L-R: Artists Mario Robinson and Judith Peck, and a guest

Painting by Jason John to the left of the fireplace, painting by Josh Suda above the fireplace

Thanks so much to Principle Gallery for hosting this great event, and to Broad Street Studio for putting together a great show! I was super-honored to be included!

Friday, January 20, 2012


Internet, I must tell you how excited I am about the most recent painting by friend and fellow artist Terry Strickland!! Terry has created a fabulous painting centered on the mythological Three Fates, using none other than we three Women Painting Women contributors (myself, Alia El-Bermani and Sadie Valeri) as models! It's a touching and beautiful tribute to the spirit of "Women Painting Women," and completely fitting as we were all fortunate to get to know Terry through the Women Painting Women exhibition and painting expedition in Charleston, South Carolina in 2010. Here's the link for more info on the painting:

 The Three Fates, 30"x40", oil on panel, by Terry Strickland

Congratulations to Terry on another amazing painting!! Check out more of her work here, and stay tuned for more information on the exhibit at Principle Gallery this April, "The Expedition and Beyond," which will feature this painting as well as work from the 13 other artists on the Charleston, SC painting expedition of November 2010.