Ah, San Francisco in the Fall...my favorite season and one of my favorite destinations. This September was unseasonably warm (relatively scorching for the Bay Area at 80+ degrees), but my plans were not altered--just my wardrobe...We had a great time. I came across a stunning sculpture installation, had a visit with our talented Elena Zolotnitsky, and drove just south of the city and into the hills to see the fabulous studio space of Ursula O'Farrell.
One of my first activities when visiting SF is to make a beeline for Crissy Field. I love the cool breeze off of the water and view of the Golden Gate Bridge. On this trip, I was pleasantly surprised to find a SFMOMA installation of large scale sculpture by Mark Di Suvero (b. Sept 18, 1933) canvasing the field.
For more info on this installation, visit the SFMOMA site http://www.sfmoma.org/
The exhibit runs through May 26th 2014
Next on the agenda was meeting up with the very talented Elena Zolotnitsky for lunch and a quick studio visit right in the heart of the city. She is currently working on a body of work for an upcoming show, so I am holding back from showing my studio photos...but trust me when I say that they are very strong, and we are all in for a treat when they are released.
Against the Light 11.5 x 11.5 oil on mylar
Short lived 25.5x23.5 oil on mylar
After a delicious dinner in Belden Place, I woke up Saturday morning and made the beautiful drive south to find the studio of Ursula O'Farrell. Set up high on a hilltop, her studio was the perfect place to spend a relaxing and inspiring afternoon.
Her Epiphany 36x36
In my figurative paintings I seek to present life as I know it, especially the many complex relationships and situations that are part of the human experience. Gestural strokes with brush or palette knife create thick textures and bold colors that similarly reflect and capture the fluidity and intense emotions that are part of life’s chapters and evolutions. Generally I start without any preconceived notions, applying the paint and turning the canvas until I find the rhythm within the painting that resonates with my own life experiences.
For more information on Ursula's work, click here, or check out her fantastic book which includes an in depth interview and discussion with Dr. Peter Selz (article on Selz), along with many beautiful prints of her paintings in recent years. Click here to visit our home page where you can sign up for our e-newsletter to stay up to date on the details of Ursula's upcoming 2014 show.
Thank you for viewing this post. We value the hard work of all of our artists, and enjoy the opportunity to visit them in person when we can. Thank you Elena and Ursula for your hospitality and for letting me see your studios! -Christina