The post card invitation to my first solo exhibit.

My First Solo Art Exhibit, 20 Years Ago Today

 The post card invitation to my first solo exhibit.

The post card invitation to my first solo exhibit.

Honestly, I can’t believe it’s been 20 years. I’d participated in many group shows, but for a practicing artist, a solo show was like a debut.

“The Extraordinary in the Ordinary:
Celebrating the art in everyday life”

In every moment of every day, everywhere I go, I see something extraordinarily beautiful and inspiring.

When I left my day job to work at home as a commercial artist, fine artist and writer on January 1, 2000 I had worked as a freelance writer and graphic designer for years while still working full time. But I also had an active art career, painting regularly in addition to my commissioned portraits, member of a dozen art leagues and organizations and participating in art exhibits monthly all over the area, with many awards and good sales.

One of the primary reasons I left my day job to work at home was to have more time to develop my career as a fine artist and “get to my writing” whatever that worked out to be, so one of my first priorities, since I already had a list of regular customers, was to plan my first solo art exhibit. I remembered a phrase, “the extraordinary in the ordinary”, and I knew it fit well with my work: finding those moments that took my breath away and interpreting them as best I could in whatever medium seemed to suit the moment best, from my cats to landscapes to flowers and the streets of my home town. The artwork I chose for the exhibit was, well, just about everything I’d done to that point in my life…I’m a little embarrassed when I think about it, but I was almost afraid I’d never have another chance. I also included several poems and collections of rocks and other wild things I treasured.

Some of the works I included in that show are still some of my favorites, and the works on which I built the rest of my career as an artist.

I don’t want to recreate the wheel, so I’m going to send you to the page on this website where I have all the information and images for this exhibit. Read more about it, see more of the artwork and see the program and the posters I made of my poetry and artist’s statements to include in the show on 2000: The Extraordinary in the Ordinary, included in my page of Exhibits.

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