I've been having gallery shows for years. And I've had 12 since I moved here, and that's not including outdoor events where I setup and run my booth that is essentially a portable gallery. That's a lot. And to graduate from the BFA program, one of the requirements is to create, organize, and carry out a gallery show. I wanted to skip this part. Because I know how to do it. I've done it before, SO. MANY. TIMES. But Don wouldn't let me fudge this part, because I don't deserve special treatment and really , it wouldn't be fair to everyone else. Blergh.
SO, I put together a show of 32 new paintings featuring rescued animals from all over the world. Sales from the show were donated back to the rescues, and the show was featured in news outlets here and abroad.
I was running around like a chicken with my head cut off, and thanks to everyone who helped me get the stories up, and thanks to Ally for helping me organize and document it photographically. Thank you to Recounting Hearts for providing the PERFECT music. And thanks again to The Window Box. You're amazing!
My maternal grandparents
Fellow alum Cami Lynn Cook and James Huston, the amazing band, Recounting Hearts.
Fellow alum Clayton Cundy
Cami Lynn Cook
Lots of young DawgArt fans
One of my besties, Camie Call
Miracle, before and after
Fellow alum Denise and her family of ardent DawgArt supporters, The Mutches.
Sidewalk attention getter
Young DawgArt fan bonds with Toby
Fellow alum Kris Cooper
Gorgeous cousin Jen and her hubby Jared
Fellow alum Rani Bean
I love this girl
Fellow alum Justin and his lovely wife, Courtney
Auntie enjoys her niece, my adorable cousin Amberly.
Perry Stewart critiques DawgArt. Whew! Glad I was otherwise occupied. ;)
Fellow alum Heather Michelle Owens
Fellow alum and bestie, Nate Call and his brilliant and gorgeous wife, Camie
Fellow alum Cyndi Waldron
Uncle and Auntie brought their kids, my wonderful cousins, Jarom and Kim
Fellow alum Adam Munoa, his lovely wife Cristy, and their creative brood
Heather and Rani
Friend and ally Thomas Troche and his lovely wife, Brittney.
Fellow alums James Allen and Frankie Kriegjacado
Answering some very thoughtful questions
My best friend and fellow alum, Stewart Craig
Jacob Grande, visiting on his break.
Fellow alum Adam Dove and his adorable wife, Ally
Cousin Bethany and her husband James, with Amberly
Cousin Michelle Iverson
Josh Tenney and his wonderful wife, Libby
Fellow alum Jared Salmond, his lovely wife Mackenzie and their son Kai.
This adorable girl who walked down from Station 22. I love her!
My first UVU English teacher, now best bestie, Alisha Geary
Fellow writer, Amy Ames and her clan
My lovely cousin and best friend, Catherine, with Elora
My favorite photo from the show, capturing why I do art in the first place:
to connect on a spiritual level with the viewer. To take them to a place they've never gone,
or to remind them of places they've been, in this world, or in their heart.
Children connect very easily with my work; they're so connected to the natural world.
This boy stood for the longest time, studying the paintings.
I hope he can grow up to remain inspired by art and creativity.