I may be a few days late, but I couldn't pass up the opportunity to think about everything that's happened in the past year. Despite the shameful politics and global tragedies, 2016 was, on a personal level, a great year of change and opportunity for which I am very grateful. It was the year that I left Europe to return back to Los Angeles, a move which I am still adapting to. I think of it more as rediscovering my home city and much to my surprise I am loving every minute of it.
I had the pleasure to be a part of two exhibitions this year- at Lemonade Stand Gallery in Key West, FL and TAG Gallery at Bergamot Station Arts Center in Los Angeles. I'd been visiting Bergamot Station since I was young so to be a part of an exhibition there was so surreal.
I was fortunate enough to have my work published in two magazines including Fresh Paint Magazine (Issue 11) and the inaugural issue of Create Magazine as well as a handful of online publications. I don't think I will ever get over the incredible feeling of seeing my work in print, available for so many to see.
Towards the end of 2016 I had the unbelievable luck to move to a new art studio space, this time in Inglewood (previously I was in Chinatown in DTLA). It can be very difficult to get a studio that meets all your needs as an artist and my new space comes pretty damn close to perfect. I'm still settling in to my new space and I'm looking forward to making a new body of work here.
Now let's get personal. In July of 2016 I got married to the best person, exactly 5 years to the day from our very first date. I'm so sorry for the cheesiness!
And lastly, in September I joined the faculty at the Brentwood Art Center. I have never enjoyed a job as much as teaching art! In January of 2017 I'll be teaching beginning drawing, intermediate drawing and mixed level figure drawing. Come and take a class with me!