Mini Biography: Berthe Morisot

Birth: Jan. 14, 1841 Death: March 2nd 1895 Nationality: French Movement: Impressionism The third child in a well-to-do family, Morisot was born in Bourges, France and received an arts education which included copying paintings in the Louvre. By 1860 she was painting landscapes plein air and had two paintings shown at the Salon de Paris at age 23. She was friends with many other well … Continue reading Mini Biography: Berthe Morisot

Flirting in the Color Field

Color is a big part of my job. I spend a lot of time thinking about color: different color combinations, saturation, complementary colors, the warmth or coolness of a hue … I could go on and on. I’m also interested in the psychology of color which is more typically used in advertising and marketing than in fine art applications. I have recently become a bit … Continue reading Flirting in the Color Field

Mini Biography: Rachel Ruysch

Birth: June 3rd, 1664 Death: Aug. 12th, 1750 Nationality: Dutch Movement: Baroque Born in The Hague, Ruysch had access to both flowers and anatomical parts at a young age because her father, an amateur painter, was a well known and respected botanist and anatomist. She was apprenticed to a flower painter at age 15 but Ruysch was already signing and selling her own work within a few … Continue reading Mini Biography: Rachel Ruysch

Mini Biography: Hans Memling

Hans Memling Birth: 1430 Death: Aug. 11th, 1494 Nationality: German Movement: Netherlandish Born near Frankfurt, Memling worked in Cologne as an apprentice before moving to Brussels to work under the direction of Rogier van der Weyden. He was in Bruges by 1465, working steadily on altarpieces and portraits, and growing an international reputation. Within his paintings he painted several examples of Armenian carpets which featured … Continue reading Mini Biography: Hans Memling

Art: Want or Need?

An artist is somebody who produces things that people don’t need to have. – Andy Warhol Most people break the need/want dichotomy down easily: A need is something you have to have. Like food and air. A want is something you’d like to have. Such as world peace, comfortable shoes, and beer. So it’s difficult to argue against Warhol’s statement. I don’t draw food that … Continue reading Art: Want or Need?

Mini Biography: Lavinia Fontana

Lavinia Fontana Birth: August 24th, 1552 Death: Aug. 11th, 1614 Nationality: Italian Movement: Mannerism Born in Bologna in northern Italy, Fontana received her art education from her father and became well known for portraiture and devotional work. She married a young, poor, noble named Paolo Zappi when she was about 25 years old and he managed their large household, which included 11 children,and served as her … Continue reading Mini Biography: Lavinia Fontana

“White is boring,” he said.

“White is boring,” he said. The comment bounced in my head. Bounce, bounce, bounce. Bouncing like a Superball it shot into every corner of my brain and caromed against the synapses. “BORING, BORING, BORING,” the Superball screamed. I said nothing. Art professors can be, in general, rather narrow minded and this art professor, in particular, did not seem to respond well to dissent from the … Continue reading “White is boring,” he said.

Mini Biography: Artemisia Gentileschi

Artemisia Gentileschi Birth: July 8th, 1593 (or 1590) Death: 1652-1656 Nationality: Italian Art Movement: Baroque Born in Rome in the early 1590’s Gentileschi studied under her father, the Tuscan painter Orazio Gentileschi. She lived in at least 4 Italian cities: Rome, Florence, Venice, and Naples throughout her career. While in Florence, from 1614 to 1620, she was the first woman accepted into the Academy of the Arts … Continue reading Mini Biography: Artemisia Gentileschi