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My first art fair. An enormous amount of stress went into getting this together. A fair amount of money too. I’m exhausted. It was hot. It was humid. It was rainy during set up. I didn’t sell any artwork. But I did me. I created my space and gave my message. I learned. I gained experience.The sun came out. It didn’t rain again. I had friends come and support me. I had family come and support me. I met some fellow artists. I bought some great art. I met some nice people, went out for dinner after. And I met Loring Cornish. That was a game changer. What a day. Til the next fair, I think. What a year this is turning out to be.
Wow! Yesterday was one of the biggest events of my life to date. It was my largest accomplishment as a budding artist and a huge success! An enormous success by my standards because what I had really been wanting was for people that know and love me, that I have a relationship with to be able to come together and experience another deeper aspect of who I am and for us to get know each other better. And let’s enjoy some delicious wine and food while we’re at it. We built history that evening. I’m humbled by the many parents, kids, friends, and family that came together to make this evening so special. I hope everybody had a great time and enjoyed it as much as I did. Thank you for all the support! I hope I have and can continue to support you in the same way! Yesterday was me at my best.
Here is my working artist statement from the show:
Wow this is exciting! I’ll be having my first solo art exhibit! All me! All the paintings I’ve been doing the past couple of years, I am finally going to get a chance to show people. And the best part is I have a lot of people that I would really like to see my artwork and I imagine they would like to see it too. 🙂
March 1-29, Reception March 8, 4-5pm
Ranazul 8171 Maple Lawn Blvd, Fulton, Md 20759
I finally made it into the HoCo Open! I’ve been wanting to participate in this show since I first saw it in 2010. It’s a great show, very interesting artwork from my perspective which means its colorful and there are things I hadn’t seen or thought of before. The show runs January 16-February 27 at the Howard County Center for the Arts. 8510 High Ridge Road, Ellicott City, MD 21043
This particular painting I submitted is a personal favorite of mine from 2012. That was the time when I was beginning to find my own style and beginning to experiment more and more. SEXO is how I used to sign my artwork from about 2010-2012. This was during my time at Howard Community College. The reason I chose that name Sexo is because the word sex is an iffy word in our society and I wanted to push the envelope a little bit. I wish we would be more open about ourselves as a society, expecially about subjects that are so universal. What’s the big deal? Where did this shame and fear of exposure come from? I don’t think its serving us very well. In any case I have faith that this will change, and I will do my part to continue to push the envelope in whatever way seems appropriate to me. The name Sexo was not something that I had seen before, it was unique to me and I knew that nobody else besides me would have used it. Plus, I was curious to see what kind of reaction it would get from my peers. It was mostly positive-actually it was all positive. 🙂
I’ve since moved on to signing my artwork with my actual name, I’d rather not have to explain every single time somebody sees my work why I signed it with the name Sexo. That being said, the name to me represents an era during my journey as an artist as well as the energy I was working with during that period. Every now and then, Sexo may make an appearance.