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Art Unleashed

Sorry for taking so long to update my blog, but the holidays have had me busy. Two weeks ago, I participated in “Art Unleashed” a fundraiser for the Lexington Humane Society. I featured my recent animal paintings. And made some good friends.

The shelter/adoption center always plays classical music, for the animals to enjoy.


Cats have a nice lounge where they can play…


and chill out!


Most of the dogs shared a kennel with a friend, so they had a companion while they waited for their new home.


The show was a lot of fun, and thanks to all the kind folks who came out and helped our four-legged-friends!

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Still Looking For That Unique Gift?

If you are looking for something wonderful and unique that your loved one can enjoy EVERY DAY…give the gift of art!

In Lexington today, Friday 12th, I will be at the Lexington Humane Society for “Art Unleashed”. 5:30-8pm. Featuring animal art. A portion of sales help take care of the animals.

Also – I will be in Ripley, OH this weekend to celebrate their Traditional Christmas Festival. I am showing with other local artists at Ripley’s Farmer’s Market. It is in the center of town, and a great opportunity to enjoy one of the Ohio River’s great rivertowns.

Don’t Forget, in the Cinci area, I still have a great show hanging at the FUSION gallery.

And in Flemingsburg, at Banana Tree Studios.

of course, you can order great gifts without having to leave your house by browsing my online gallery.

please contact me for more information

Thanks everyone for such a great year, and HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

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Christmas Art Show At Ohio River Valley Artist Guild

Sorry it took so long to get the pictures from last week’s art show up, but I am scrambling to do 3 art shows in 2 weeks. A little snow slowed the crowd on Saturday, but we had a great crowd on sunday! Thanks everyone for coming and participating. 

Here are a few pictures from the show.

  If you missed this one, I will be at Ripley this coming Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  Also, I will be at the Lexington Humane Society for “Art Unleashed” this Friday from 5:30-9pm.

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if you live within 100 miles of Maysville Kentucky…

and want a fun filled holiday road trip.

You should come to Old Washington. The historic 1700’s village is having their Frontier Christmas celebration. Complete with crafts, carolers, and horse and buggy rides.

The artists at the Ohio River Valley Artist Guild is having their Christmas art show/sale in Old Washington. It is an indoor show with paintings, pottery, photography and jewelry made my local artists. I’ll be there with my latest work, and there are hot drinks and other refreshments.

Just around the corner in Mayslick, renown potter, Ann Legris is having her annual open house at her pottery studio. She offers a unique opportunity to visit her studio and see her latest group of porcelain bowls, pitchers, vases, mugs and teapots as well as her smoke-fired art pottery.
Here is Ann’s phone# 606.564.2679
and email

And just a bit further down the road, Sunflower Sundries is having THEIR open house. Stop by their farm and see where they make the soap, jam, mustard and pickles they’re famous for. Tour the Soap Shop and see soap making displays. Visit the Farm Kitchen where they make all their food products. They’ll have the Grain Mill set up, and grind fresh Corn meal, making Corn Bread and serving it along with the pot of soup that is hot on the wood stove. You can try samples of all their jams and mustards as well. If it’s sunny, you may want to walk through the organic gardens and see the grounds where we grow the gooseberries, black currants, rhubarb, wild blackberries, okra & asparagus we use in our preserves.
Take a look at their website or give them a call for 606.763.6827 more information

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I Traded One Of My Paintings For A Picasso!

I was doing a framing job for a friend. She had a black leather portfolio to transport her unframed artwork. While going through the portfolio, she suggested I might get a kick out of seeing her signed Picasso Lithograph.

It was given as a gift back in the seventies by a family friend who had a gallery in NYC and represented Picasso for many years. The gift did not really fit her personal taste, so after spending a few years in the bathroom, it was removed from it’s frame and stored for safekeeping.

If you didn’t know, I am a fan of Picasso’s work, and was excited to see the lithograph. It was from his series “Le déjeuner sur l’herbe”.  In the 60’s, he  painted hundreds of different versions of Manet’s masterpiece.

While i was an artist-in-residence at artcroft earlier this year, I fondly remember going through their beautiful book about that series, and discussing the with a fellow resident.  The experience gave me a lot of insight on how an artist can develop an idea into a series.

Back in my studio, my friend suggested that she would trade the Lithograph for one of my paintings if I wanted, because she would rather have my work on her wall…what an ego boost!

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Virtual Studio Visit

I’m not getting out so much because I am very busy in my studio. I thought I would give you a chance to peek in my studio without having to endure my cold house.

here I am at my desk, working on a painting. I am getting ready to do a fundraiser for the Lexington Humane Society (see the events section of my site). This one is a cat sitting on a roof with 3 dogs running around the house, and there are doves in the sky…of course all the critters are playing and everyone is friends 😉

This is my framing table. I haven’t finished the framing, but you can get a little bit of an idea of how nice my latest paintings look framed with a matt. You can see them online at the gallery on my site, or if you prefer to seem them in real life: They will be on display for the first time at the Ohio River Valley Artist’s Guild Art Show During Frontier Christmas in Old Washington, December 6 and 7th.

If you are looking for an original painting to give as a gift this holiday season,
I have two shows hanging until the end of the year:
1 – at the FUSION gallery in Bellevue, KY
2 – at Banana Tree Studios in Flemingsburg, KY

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Art Show At The Banana Tree Studios

Last Night was another great show at the Banana Tree Studios in Flemingsburg, KY. There was a full house for most of the show. Thanks everyone for coming out and supporting our region’s outstanding artists.

If you missed the opening, the show will be on display until December 31st.

Banana Tree Studios
121 Electric Avenue
Flemingsburg, KY 41041
(606) 845-7408 or (606) 356-1356

Some pictures from the show…

Me, Ken Swinson with mixed media

Susan Doyle with one of her Portraits

Toby Fried With Wood Fired Pottery

Katherine Johnson with pastels and painting

Jean Jones with watercolor

Ken Macht with Raku Pottery

Kim McKissin with watercolors

Tom Ross with Photography

Dana Sorrell with her photography

Pam Wiseman with Pottery and fused Glass jewelry

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Art Show At The FUSION gallery

It was a busy show, and I am easily distracted, but I was able to take a few pictures to share with those who were not able to make it to my show at the FUSION gallery in Bellevue, Kentucky.

Fusion Gallery 1

The light was perfect for displaying artwork, but not as good for taking photographs, so sorry about the photo quality.

Fusion Gallery 2

I didn’t get a chance to photograph all the walls with my work, so if you are in the Cincinnati area, be sure to pay the gallery a visit. The show will be up for 2 months.

Fusion Gallery 3

Thanks to the gallery for hosting such a great show!  Thanks to the great folks who came out and supported my work.  It was good seeing so many good friends!

Fusion Folk

If Cincinnati is too long a drive, maybe Flemingsburg KY is closer. I will have work a the Banana Tree Studios for their show opening Friday, 14 November 5pm-8pm. It will feature photography by Tom Ross and some new work by me.

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Sorry I haven’t been so good at posting. I can usually do one (maybe 2) things at a time, and I have 2 shows in the near future. I am focused on working in the studio and making awesome paintings.

You can get a sneak peek online, but if you get a chance, you should come to the shows and see them in person

The first opportunity will be at the FUSION gallery in Bellevue. Friday, November 7th, from 6pm-10pm.

Second Opportunity is at the Banana Tree Studios in Flemingsburg, KY. Friday November 14th from 5-8.

Both shows will have different work, so try and make it to both shows. These new works will make great gifts for the holidays. So if you can’t make the opening, the work will be on display at both locations until the new year!

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When You Live In Kentucky, You Don’t Have To Go Far For An Adventure

I had a chance to hop on my bicycle and follow the river on Route 8

I did a lot of sketching along the way

Hopped on the Augusta Ferry, and returned to Maysville via Rt 52

The next day, I hopped in my van and drove to the Fraley’s farm on Rt. 11

Bought some home grown onions, peppers, sweet potatoes and tomato juice.

Then stopped by the Doodles Gallery in Flemingsburg to leave them with some prints.

Went to the Purple Gypsy Studio to get a look at Pam Wiseman’s brand new wood fired pots.  (took 2 home with me!)

Visited my friends at Artcroft for dinner, and met Jeff Hensley, their current resident.  A talented and thoughtful plein air painter.  The picture below is Jeff discussing a work in progress with founder, Robert Barker.

On my way home, I stopped at Toby Fried’s house to get a look at her latest wood fired pots.  (took 2 more home!)

What a great couple of days!  I love Kentucky!