March 30, 2017

After an extended weekend in Michigan and Wisconsin, I've returned to the desert of Queen Creek, AZ. My visit with the MSU Art Department was great and I've officially decided to accept their offer to pursue my MFA with them. I'll be preparing throughout this spring and summer for my responsibilities as a Teaching Assistant. I'm excited to start this program and begin my career as a graduate student. 

Before I flew out I was reading the book Color and Light by James Gurney. I had to return the book once I flew in and unfortunately another member had the book on hold so I was unable to renew it. Here's the cover: 

If you don't know who James Gurney is you might want to Google his work or find his YouTube channel where he offers an array of short educational videos. I first discovered James on YouTube 3 or 4 years ago when I was searching plein air videos and stumbled on his New York City adventure:

James and his posse take the streets of New York City in an inspiring trip making you w...

March 17, 2017

Guess what?!

Michigan State University has accepted me into their MFA painting program with an assistantship! AHH!! Just when I thought I had my plans for the year figured out I received a call from one of the painting professors with their offer. I'll be visiting the school on March 23-24th and will have time to tour the facilities, meet students and faculty, and ask questions about the 3 year program.

I'm thrilled to be given an opportunity like this to better myself as an artist and once again be part of a larger art community! 

After my visit I'll share any news about the program with you here. My decision to accept/decline is needed by April 15th, but I suspect I'll have one ready much sooner following my visit. 

I'd like to thank all of you out there who have supported me along my journey the past few years. Knowing I wouldn't be where I am today without the help of many supporters brings me a lot of joy to share this news with you! Thank you!!!

Here's a photo taken by a family I met...

March 1, 2017

Hi faithful and new readers!

Welcome to the 30th Studio Session! Its a joy to share an intimate look into the process of my artwork with you. As some of you may be aware, based on my recent social media posting, I spent three nights camping alone in Sedona last weekend. Overall the trip was a success because I returned to Queen Creek with a dashboard full of plein air paintings!

I decided to take this trip a few weeks ago when I started receiving denied letters for grad school applications. I know this is a great learning experience and there's a lot to take away from my process of applying. Already I feel I have an incredible life where my time revolves around painting and sharing art with people I love. What more could I possibly need? One of the biggest reasons I want to pursue an MFA degree is so I can be immersed once again into a creative and passionate environment. Something I feel I'm lacking in this new destination. Also even though it may not appear this way to some of you, I v...

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