Standing in a crowd waiting for my vende vanilla latte from Starbucks to be made, I noticed there was another short person standing next to me.  People watching is something I really enjoy when I am in a situation like this. There was a very cute short person (female) standing next to me.  When she …

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Rise Up by Christine Alfery, 2017 13 x 19 Mixed media

How do I speak in my work?  My visual vocabulary didn’t happen all at once.  The visual icons happened in spite of me. When they appear for the first time in my work, I recognize them and I nurture them.  I allow them to grow and form. They grow, they change, they disappear and they …

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Folks often ask me how long it takes for me to create a work of art.  I tell them, “All my life.”

You can never “sometimes” be an artist and “sometimes not.”  I know because I’ve tried. Being an artist is really hard for many reasons. Compare it to becoming a teacher, a medical physician or …

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On Top Of The World_ 22x30

The value of art does not come from how popular the work of art is.  In fact,  it’s likely that art looses its value when it is popularized. 

So if art net news is correct saying that there is an art  industry, and I do believe they are,  how does a work become known …

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Folks often ask how I come up with the titles of my work.  When I first began to paint, I thought that the titles and even my signature interfered with the essence of the selfness and purity of the work and what the work was to become and be.  The work needed to be a …

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Cony Island Ride

Staring down at a blank canvas,  a black white sheet of paper, I notice a familiar tension gathering in my soul and in my body.  That first mark, is so important.  

I relish this beginning tension.  It makes my whole body alive, awake and excited for the struggle that is about to begin.  The tension between …

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Yesterday I had the opportunity to visit the Leigh Yawkey Woodsen Art Museum in Wausau, WI.  Their annual exhibition of Birds In Art was on display. My interest, like all other times when I go to see an exhibition, is to see how other artists create, speak and think.  Especially for such a representational subject …

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My process is to plant a seed and allow it to germinate and take root.  This allows my thoughts and ideas to cross-fertilize and engage with each other and the material elements in the work.  I push these elements in my work in new directions over the entire process of creating it. And in turn, …

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I am overwhelmed when I look up and see the spectacle of the sky above me. In the morning and at night. Huge spaces filled with stars or clouds, silver grey, white.

I am overwhelmed when I look up and see the spectacle of the sky.

Art should, too, overwhelm you. Like the spectacle of the sky.  …

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The Wall Street Journal always has some very interesting reading in the arts section. On November 9th, 2019 Ingela Ratledge Asundson wrote an article titled “When It All Starts With Art”.  I would like to share it with you all. Generally, for the most part, folks share articles with others because it makes a point …

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There is something absolutely wonderful when I am walking in the woods and come across really large virgin trees. Yesterday, while we were hiking one of the trails to Rainbow Falls at Black River Harbor, we came across several groves of very large cedar and white pines. Just imagine living that long, getting that tall, …

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Chicago is called the “Windy City” but I couldn’t hear the wind this past weekend when I was there.  I couldn’t hear the snow landing on the rooftops of buildings. 

Yesterday, when I was having my morning coffee outside in the cold all bundled up, I heard the wind.  It was dancing with the …

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