This thread-painted art quilt of my Oscar, the Military Macaw, was the very first piece I ever put in a group "art" (i.e., non-quilt show) show - the January 2006 "National Bird Day" art show in Sacramento, CA.
Since that first night, I gradually increased the number of works in group art shows. First I showed just with The Scary-Art Collective at Body Tribe where I nervously listened to criticism (positive and negative, but all constructive).
By early 2007, I had started showing at other Sacramento galleries like Side Show Studios and the former 24th Street hot spot, Cool Cat (R.I.P.).
I tried some new techniques and played with new mediums while I continued to find my voice.
In the last half of 2009, I finally submitted some pieces to out of town (actually, out of State) shows to a positive response.
Now, with four full years of group show experience (not to mention the long list of commissions I just completed), I feel confident enough to consider a solo show. So I'm putting it "out there" that I'm ready to put it out there - you know, putting it in writing as a promise to myself and so y'all can keep me accountable.
I've already started working on a "theme" involving hearts and skulls with various things growing from them, and we'll see where this leads me.
So far I'm planning on doing most, if not all the pieces using my pyrography and acrylics on wood techniques.
While I'm working on the pieces, I will also be looking around for a gallery to host this currently imaginary solo exhibition. Oh, the joy of cold calls, how I look forward to it! I have a short list of places I'd LOVE to show, a medium sized list of places I'd seriously consider (both of which I'm keeping secret to avoid jinxing myself) and a blank list of places I haven't even thought of yet.
If you have a gallery and would like to talk to me about the possibility of doing a solo show, please contact me with your list of demands.
Wish me luck and inspiration and I'll send some right back to you (I'll send you some anyway).