When I left my studio in June to start my summer job I never imagined I wouldn’t be returning. An exciting opportunity arose, is the best way I can think of to describe this major change of venue. I’ve moved the contents of my studio to what is at the moment a raw space, kind of like a diamond in the rough. The space is at 2003 West 17th St, off Union St. in Wilmington, DE, home of the Silver Hammer Workshop. Rich Pierce will still be holding woodworking workshops there in the summer and in the near future we plan to be on the Art on the Town, Art Loop. Until then I actually have the whole place to myself until my studio mates Delainey Barclay and Kyle Ripp move in. I’m stretching and priming large canvases for my upcoming show at Trust Venue in Philadelphia for the month of November.
Change is inevitable, everyone knows that. I felt really sad when I found out that during one of this summer’s storms the wall to the old swimming hole in Arden gave way.
I used to sit on it to experience Naaman’s Creek flowing under me. It was my favorite place, close to home to go and be one with nature. I always felt a little nervous walking across it, wondering if it would hold. The forces of nature can be very powerful as seen by the huge trees that fell in this area during hurricane Irene. I used to paint tree roots to symbolize permanence and stability. Everything is impermanent, apparently.