COFFEE WITH THE ARTISTS: Photos from our ‘Meditation’ Artist’s talk

It’s good to give talks about your work.  As much as artists often like to stay in that mode of purely visual thinking, and they don’t like the process of translating art into verbiage, it often helps you on a number of levels to prepare an artist’s talk.  One of the biggest things it does is help you to clarify for yourself and to your audience (and potential clients) what your work is about.  Clarifying the meaning, or the common themes in your work helps you to figure out what your personal brand is; or to use a less marketing-ish term, your personal vision and mission as an artist.  This is good because it can allow you to not get bogged down in things that are irrelevant to your interests.  (Artists often like pretty or provocative things and while these can be fun, they can also lead us to distractions and procrastinations.  Ooh!  I see something sparkly . . . )

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So getting clear on your personal vision aids you in whittling things down to discover the essence of what you’re trying to achieve as a visual communicator.

We’ll be posting a video soon of our talk soon!  Thanks so much to Evan Mauntel for filming!


“Meditation” opening night!

We had a great turn out at our opening March 13th and also on Final Friday March 27th!

Here we are in front of our painting of a koi pond, which was inspired by our trip to the monastery in Valldemossa, Mallorca, where Chopin and George Sands stayed over 100 years ago.  We saw a lovely koi pond at the monastery when we visited.


Wash Park Art Gallery owner, Holly Doan Spraul is a wonderful gallery director to work with–very professional and very fun!



We had 4 of our latest collaborations in the show:

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Here are some of Evan’s newest abstract paintings:

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And some shots of works I’ve done inspired by Valldemossa, Mallorca, Cincinnati’s own Anderson Ferry, Cade’s Cove in Tennessee, and the cardinals we saw this winter in Sayler Park:

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Chopin’s Rose, the painting on top in the image below, sold at the reception on March 27th!


We had a great time making these works!

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We hope that you can make it out to the show before it comes down.  It will be up through April 19th.

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After a visit to the gallery, you can enjoy a lovely spring stroll like we did that night through beautiful Washington Park and then have dinner at the Anchor or Zula!

Wash Park Art Gallery is located near Music Hall and Memorial Hall at 1215 Elm Street, Cincinnati, Ohio.  The gallery is open :

Th, F    6p – 8p
Sa        4p – 8p
Su        1p – 4p

In-progress works for our show “Meditation” at Wash Park Art Gallery

this February, Evan and I spent many of our snow days indoors painting butterflies for our show at Wash Park Gallery.

It was a fun way to make the most of being stuck inside!

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Once we were able to get back to the studio again, we had the challenge of placing all of the butterflies and the koi fish we had been painting at home during the snow days.

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Here we are the day of our installation, just finishing hanging the koi painting.