These two recent deaths, in the hands of police who should be protecting and serving, have been a catalyst for protest, and for reforms in police policy and practices. Like the rest of the nation, I am grief-stricken and confused about how I can help our nation. I am actively learning how to be a better ally to my Black and Brown friends and neighbors, as well as PoC communities in general. Being silent allows systemic and pervasive racism to continue. We must speak up now if we are to have true progress.
I painted these two alla prima studies, to help me process my grief. Rest in Peace, Mr. Floyd and Ms. Taylor.
The fourth in a series of playing cards (almost a straight!), this is of two iconic masters of contemporary art, and personal favorites of mine.
I love that these dual portraits can easily be displayed either way, depending on your taste, or whim.
Oil on aluminum, 16" x 20" available
As we isolate and try to stay well, this series of figures in nature takes on new meaning. Not only is nature healing spiritually, the world is getting cleaner as the human ecological footprint becomes smaller. These two works are part of my "Heavenly Bodies" series that will be shown at an upcoming exhibit at the Dougherty Arts Center in Austin, Texas.
Jump, 20" x 24" oil on canvas
Field of Dreams, 16" x 20" oil on linen
I love painting dual portraits; they are visual reminders of connection. These new portraits use the convention of playing cards to honor those in the arts across generations. New artists are always influenced to some degree by those who came before them. They add their own brand of genius, then pay it forward to the next generation. I'm influenced by so many artists who came before me, many with styles vastly different than mine.
Here are a few "love letters" to some real geniuses. Using the playing card design means these paintings can be hung 2 ways. All are 16" x 20," oil on aluminum.
After doing a series of miniature still lives for the holidays, I decided I wanted to take the concept of painting food with a "bird's eye view" much bigger. I originally planned to use healthy fruits and veggies as subjects, but after painting the plums, I wanted chocolate! Not only because I love dark chocolate, but the fancy shapes & designs of luxury chocolates appealed to the designer in me.
These two will make their public debut in the show "High Five: Celebrating 5 Women Artists" at the Old Bakery Gallery in downtown Austin in April.
I am very honored that my "Dancing with the Stars" won 3rd place in the 2D category at the statewide juried Fall Show by Round Rock Arts. The show is in the beautiful main building at Texas State University in Round Rock, Texas (just north of Austin), and continues through December 6.
Hope Floats is the newest in my series of "Heavenly Bodies," painted for an upcoming show at the Dougherty Art Center in Austin, Texas. We live in stressful times, and self care is important. The more connected to nature we are, the happier we are. Floating in water is so soothing and relaxing; it really melts stress away!
12" x 24"
Oil on Linen
I am thrilled to present the first exhibit of my "Heavenly Bodies" series in the Go Figure exhibit at Link & Pin Artspace, July 26-August 18.
This series explores our connection with nature. That connection has the power to heal and transform, and I believe that compassionate transformation can change the world for the better.
Join me and five other award-winning figurative artists for the opening reception, Saturday, July 27,
Link & Pin
2235 E 6th St.
Link & Pin presents six Austin figurative painters, who express their individual impressions of beauty in chaotic times. Join artists JC Amorrortu, Lawrence Jolly, Meena Matocha, Rhea Pettit, Kristi Standley, and Linda Wandt at the opening reception on Saturday, July 27, from 7-9 pm.
Link & Pin
2235 E 6th St., #102
Personal note: I'm thrilled to show with this group of painters. So many unique styles, from realism, to abstract figurative, to surreal; there is something for everyone!
I realized I haven't posted in several months. So sorry! I've been busy creating a new body of figurative work for an upcoming exhibit. This painting, of Wanjiru with a red moon, is a new one. This series is of bodies in nature, and I wanted to paint a strong, beautiful, badass woman who is deeply connected to nature.
Rhea Groepper Pettit
New works, new ideas.