Last month I moved up to the Good Heart Farmstead in Worcester, Vermont.
I live in a beautiful yurt and will be getting a weekly CSA share in exchange for working on the farm a couple days a week.
The farmers Edge, Kate, and their three year old son Waylon (who is an incredible painter) have cultivated a nurturing, sustainable, and loving organic farm and garden in the foothills of the Worcester Mountain range. I am so grateful to be working the land with them and be apart of preserving and honoring the environment, while helping them in their mission to provide local, fresh, and organic food to surrounding communities.
The farmers want the their farmstead to be a relaxing and inspiring space for people to come to, and have given me permission to use the vacant yurt at the edge of the woods as a studio space, and treat my work trade as a creative retreat as well. In addition to working the land and eating what we grow, I’m focusing on expressing my experiences here with a particular interest in the intersection between land and sky, and the changing light over the worcester Mountains.
Below is a link to the CSA site and Kate’s Blog
I had the unique opportunity to go on a week long retreat at Blue Cliff Monastery in upstate New York with my boyfriend Charles. His mother paid for my donation in exchange for two paintings. I couldn’t imagine a better trade!
Blue Cliff follows in the tradition of Vietnamese Zen Buddhism and is dedicated to the Vietnamese teacher, monk, and Zen master Thich Naht Hanh. The first book I read by him is called “Being Peace.”
Throughout the long days of deep contemplation within an enclosed community practicing sitting, eating, walking, and working meditation and much noble silence, tea, and yoga, I touched a profound peace within me and around me in nature at almost every moment of every day.
A coworker gave me a Japanese rice paper notebook from his ski trip visit to Japan. I filled the first side of it, about twenty small pages in an accordion style binding, during this retreat. I painted the streams, creeks, ponds, and wet rocks with black India Ink and my bamboo calligraphy brush. Thich Naht Hanh has his own style of calligraphy that inspired my mark and letter making. On my last fews days I would walk past a large stone that had the phrase “Go Like a River” painted on its front marking the trail to the stream in the woods. I painted this phrase on the last two pages. I found that this medium complimented the tone and pace of the retreat so perfectly and now have an entirely new relationship to ink and water based painting mediums.
If you are interested in this particular practice here is the websit for more information:
show16 at The Front Gallery in Montpelier.
This is the first show I’ve helped to curate/install.
The work I put in depicts three slightly different angles of a remarkably intact white rabbit on the side of an icy snowbank on a dirt road in Middlesex. These will be the last three of the roadkill series for now. I found tremendous beauty in the way the earth held this fragile creature; its blood crystalized and black void like eyes bursting against white fur and snow. It was a cold and empty dark night when I drove past.
show15, a group exhibition at the front gallery in Montpelier, Vermont.
This selection of work will be up through March 11th, during normal gallery hours or by appointment upon request.
I have chosen to exhibit en route IV, from my new roadkill series. THe frame/support i found in a dumpster. I cleaned out bits of the mirror, sanded and primed the masonite board with gesso. The frame itself was already lacquered, so i coated it in an oil based latex primer. The image depicts a fox carcass on the side of interstate 89 north. the background imagery has been abstracted into shades of red with sections of the underpainting and glazed over wiped off turpentine showing through.
my First group exhibition at The Front Gallery in Montpelier, VT.
Locally run artists cooperative / contemporary gallery.
Recent paintings, both large and small, are currently on display at the Skinny Pancake in Montpelier, Vermont. This cafe is an awesome casual spot with farm to table produce, local brews, and live music. One of their growers, The Good Heart Farmstead in Worcester, VT, delivers a weekly CSA share at the cafe to make organic and nourishing veggies available and affordable to families in the community. I snapped a few photos of their delivery and my work on exhibit . Stop by to get some responsibly grown food, drink, and check out some art!
vegan, vegetarian, and gluten free options
89 Main St