Friday, August 25, 2017


I was recently informed that two of my paintings took the cut for Art for State Buildings in Pierre, South Dakota.  They are now hanging in the Joint Appropriations meeting room on the third floor of the Capital Annex, and in conference room 414 in the Capital Annex, in Pierre, SD.

The Art for State Buildings program is a result of a state statute which stipulates that state buildings should include works of art for public display. For selection, proposals are reviewed by a five-member advisory committee to the SD Arts Council, the agency charged with managing the program. Selection of artwork is based on quality of the work; the artwork’s relevance to South Dakota environment, history, heritage or culture; professional experience in the arts; and permanence and safety, as required for public artworks.

I am completely humbled by this and am very grateful to the committee for choosing two of my paintings for this honor.

On October 27 and 28 I will be showing at the First Lady's Prairie Art Showcase in the Ramkota in Pierre.  This is in conjunction with the Governor's Pheasant Hunt taking place at the same time, with their headquarters in the Ramkota.  This should be an exciting time.

Oil, 30 x 40 hanging in the Appropriations room.
Oil, 24 x 24, hanging in the conference room.

Saturday, April 1, 2017


Is it necessary to judge the work of artists?

I was asked to judge an art show at a town a couple of hours from where I live and accepted as a favor to a friend.  Now I have never judged a show of my peers and have always felt judging children's work was really not the thing to do, as there is really nothing to measure it against.  I believe in giving participation ribbons as encouragement.  It would be so easy to discourage a child from doing more art if she was to receive negative comments.  I feel comments should only be at the request of the child and only to answer specific questions the child may have about what she has done.

That being said, I have always gone back and forth in my mind whether or not judging any artist's work is really necessary.  The question came up in a question with some of my friends, after the show.

I think this is a valid question to discuss.  I have entered contests and even  been given some positive feedback from them.  Do I need this in order to keep painting?  If there is a judge should there also be an opportunity to have the work critiqued?

I'm opening this up as a discussion to get feedback.  I know there is no one correct answer, but your thoughts both pro and con can help me decide for myself whether or not I want to continue submitting work for judged shows.  Please respond if you have thoughts, and you just might have something to say that would settle it in someone's mind one way or the other.

Thanks for your input.