the Pack Trip 8x10 oil/panel
Rounding Up Strays 3x5 oil/canvas
I'm pleased to announce that these two paintings both received honors in the upcoming Masterworks of New Mexico exhibit, which opens next Friday, April 6, at the Expo New Mexico Hispanic Arts Center.
There are two concurrent shows, a "regular" size show, and a miniature exhibit. The top painting here is one of two that were juried into the big show. The Pack Trip was awarded the Jack Richeson Award of Excellence. It also sold before the show was even hung!
Our of about 500 miniature entered, only 150 were accepted into the miniature show. With those odds, I'm very happy that all five of my entries were accepted, and Rounding Up Strays received an Honorable Mention. Since painting miniatures is really not my thing, I'm just happy that it got noticed at all...For the miniature show, they really like tight detail and finely tuned work... I like working a little looser, but it was still fun to try a different approach and pull my hair out while trying to work so small....
The opening reception is this Friday, and it should be fun to go and see all the works. I got to see a great number of them when we delivered the paintings, and it is a very strong show. If any of you are local to Albuquerque, I invite you to come and see it. There are many very fine paintings.