Meet the Artist - Women Behaving Badly
Time & Location
About the Event
It is that time of year again: the time when Women Behaving Badly returns to Coffee at The Point. For those of you who recently became fans, this is where it all began. Women Behaving Badly was my second show at Coffee at The Point. When I booked it, I was still trying to find my artistic voice. I had painting portraits down, but did not have a mission, a cause that I felt was important. I was really just painting pretty pictures.
The show was booked for August/September 2016. At this time, the campaign for the election was ramping up and more women than ever before were in the running. It seemed like a perfect time to showcase women and their achievements. I had spent much of the year reading books and searching for inspiration. Who would I paint? How would I use my art to tell their stories? I was at a loss. My wife and I had just gotten married and went off on my honeymoon to South America. We came back with 4 months til showtime, so I rented a studio and got cranking. I managed to finish 10 pieces in that time, experimenting with the combination of collage and watercolor, and posting my process online.
When the show opened, the number of people who came out amazed me. What amazed me even more was their response to my work. Grown adults became as inquisitive as children, asking me all manner of questions about my paintings, from my process to the women in each piece. I started making time to tell their stories.
Fast forward 2 years and I have had the opportunity to speak before audiences of all ages, at my shows, at schools, even at the university level. I have taught my process of using art to learn about history at Girls Inc. of Denver. I have been invited to participate in conferences I didn’t even know I wanted to participate in. This series has opened so many doors for me and I am eternally grateful to the women whose stories I tell, to Judith Weaver who invited me to do the first show, and to the folks at Coffee at The Point who make every exhibiting artist feel like family.
If you couldn’t tell, showing at Coffee at The Point over the years has meant a lot to me. I hope you can join me this year too!
This year, I'm dong something a little different. I have been creating tiny books with tiny paintings of women in history. For a $5 raffle ticket, you can enter to win a hand-stitched, hand-illustrated book of your very own. Just hit the ticket link.
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