Thursday, July 28, 2016

Spring Skiing II

This series of paintings concerns our beautiful chain of mountains known as High Sierra or the Sierra Nevada. I have borrowed the title from the great suspense mystery movie with Humphrey Bogart. The title and the movie captured the excitement, and mystery of the process of the formation of mountain topography as well as the experience of the ruggedness that envelopes the High Sierra. Yet, as a painter I am concerned with the psychological, existential, and spiritual edge that shares similarities with the experience of extreme sports in mountains like the Sierras, the Sawtooth Range, the Rockies, and the Sangre de Christo. These names and references themselves connote “out –there” adventure and exploration. Each painting is a new exploration of the thrill, edge, if you will, of the personal experience of a painter. Today, I am focusing on the experience of being on "The Wall" as an aritist.  It can be a very exciting, nerve racking experience.  The Wall of a gallery is much like the descent of the straight downhill  like the Cornice at Mammoth, or the North Shore in winter,  the north face of Patagonia. The subject manner can be buried in the paint and canvas, just as our true person can be buried under the veneers of our days and our personas.

Monday, July 25, 2016

"Exhibit Ahead"

Jonathan creates drawings and paintings as a way to process and expand his relationship with his environment. His work is influenced by his intimate surroundings, travel experiences, an art historical references. Jonathan received a BFA from Louisiana State University in 2011 and an MFA from the Tyler School of Art in 2014. He is currently a member of the Tiger Strikes Asteroid LA artists' collective and gallery in downtown Los Angeles. He lives and works in Los Angeles, CA and more of his work can be found at  

Friday, July 15, 2016

Straight, No Chaser

Val Echavarria is an LA-based mixed-media artist. Her current work is oil and wax on canvas or panel. It is based on jazz. Automatic drawings are made listening to a piece of music. Studies are then rendered in watercolor before enlarging and transferring to a larger surface. Her music of choice at the moment is by Thelonious Monk accompanied by a nice scotch.