In October, the Gateway Playhouse in Somers Point, New Jersey further expanded their support of the arts to include featuring the work of a new local visual artist each month. The artwork can be viewed prior to the shows and during intermission and is available for purchase.
So… it’s almost Halloween and I made this design that incorporates the holiday and west coast swing.
Like many creative souls, sometimes I wander off into visual projects that don’t necessarily happen at an easel. Here’s one.
Freelance design keeps me pretty busy and compliments that whole painterly rest thing pretty well. When I’m not painting, I dance socially, build websites, make jewelry, dabble in photography and take on all kinds of marketing projects.
A significant dance style in my current series of paintings on human connection is the addictive and slinky dance, west coast swing. It’s this gorgeous, stretchy, rhythmic conversation that’s an art in and of itself.
I’m kind of really excited to be doing the Stone Harbor Arts & Crafts Festival for the first time this weekend. Come look, bring friends and a coffee for me (just cream;) ), save me a dance, or just say hi.
Now that dance has made its way into my artwork, it seems somewhat appropriate to share this here.
I recently set up the Facebook group, Salty Dances at the southern Jersey Shore to provide dancers a place to connect and arrange impromptu meet-ups in beach towns between Atlantic City and Cape May, NJ. If you or someone you know are into social partner dancing, join the group and please add your friends.
Inspired by the group DanceAir, I thought it would be helpful to set up a place for dancers to arrange and share plans with other dancers who also might be in town. West Coast Swing, East Coast Swing, Lindy Hop, Blues, Fusion, Hustle, Salsa, Bachata, Kizomba, Zouk, Country, etc… all dance styles are invited.
Who doesn’t want to dance on vacation, right?!
The south Jersey Shore area offers so many excellent venues with great dance floors. Being a resort area, people come and go often which sometimes makes it challenging to find the other dancers down the shore. From outdoor concerts and band performances to open mic nights, nightlife venues, festivals and other events, the area has so much dance magic potential.
Connection is my most recent body of work painting dancers. Started in 2016, it’s a series of oil paintings, watercolor paintings, drawings, and ink drawings exploring human connection with body language, touch, and gesture; communicating and connecting without words through improvisational lead and follow social dancers. As a dancer and former media employee, this body of work is a reflection of communication in contrast to verbal or written language with undertones of honesty, transparency, and authenticity.
Figures on Clothes was my first series of paintings starting c. 2003. To me, they’re about the relationship between clothing and nudity using the human form explored between subject matter and material. I painted nude female figures directly onto the surface of stretched and prepared clothing as I would on primed canvas.
In 2018, I started doing these oil paintings called “First Impressions”. They’re paintings from croquis flushed out in oil paint much the way we fill in unknown character traits based after meeting someone.