Sunday, January 25, 2009

Off and running

Well … I survived the holidays. It took some effort, as a whirlwind end of 2008 culminated with a busy start to 2009. But, all in all, it was worth it, as I got to spend some very quality time with my family and friends.

Moving into 2009, there are few things of note I’d like to share. First up, my print shop – Chromatics Photo Imaging, located in downtown Nashville – selected me to a featured artist in their current art show in their upstairs gallery. The show is called “In the Biz,” and it’s dedicated to artists like me who hold down day-jobs in addition to their pursuit of their artistic careers. I’m one of 20 artists in the show, joining some extremely talented photographers, painters, book-makers and digital-graphic artists. In the Biz runs until April 16, so if you’re in downtown Nashville, please stop in and enjoy the artwork. Chromatics is located at 625 Fogg Street, and it’s open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

The Little Red Fly Shop, located in Heber Springs, Ark., has been a big supporter of me and my artwork for several years. They’ve sold my prints and paintings from their full-service fly shop and have recently begun offering a limited number of giclĂ©e prints on their Web site. The Little Red River in Heber Springs is an absolutely great trout stream located in the midst of the southern Ozarks. The scenery is as incredible as the fishing, and if you head that way, please check in with Jed, Mark or Pam at the Fly Shop. They’re good people, and certainly know everything there is to know about the fishing and the area.

Through the holidays, I’ve been working on several commissioned paintings – and I’m getting ready to start one more. Commissioned works are always challenging, yet rewarding for me, and I’m thankful to have to the opportunity to pursue them. But, I’m also looking forward to working on some original paintings in the coming weeks. As I finish them, I’ll do my best to share them on the blog.

I hope everyone is off to a great start in 2009. Best of luck to you throughout the year!