The mural Swarm (or rather, drawing) was germinated from a large piece I created in 2017 as a template for a larger mural I was doing for a local preschool. I used hollow core doors (one of my favorite surfaces to paint) as the sectional wall. From this piece and for the Drawing Room, specifically, I installed Swarm and built the stencil work from it. I rely on “points of departure” to begin all of my work and love moments when I can use my own work as that point to build and grow from. From the black and white lines and forms, gradient and color make their way into the paint and eventually include no black at all. Just color and the white space between.
San Francisco. I love this city but damn if it isn’t insanely expensive and with abundant compromises! To stay here and dig in one’s feet, you have to be committed - in ways that are pretty crazy - most of the time. After many years of dreaming and searching for the right space and location - I finally stumbled upon this one. I was actually looking at another space a couple of block up - which I could totally see the Drawing Room in, however it was too expensive and too limited (2 levels, historic - just to start). This space was also available and at first I wasn’t totally sure. It’s a double wide storefront space, connected by an interior wall, but also separate when need be. I wanted a space where I could work and create exhibitions and do collaborative projects with other artists and makers. Utilizing our own networks of followers, collectors and art-curious/lovers - I could, along with some of my super talented artsy friends create something new and different than just a gallery. Each artist that collaborates will have an opportunity to devise a new body of work, collaborate on a mural in the space and host a workshop of artist talk. Sales from the art sold in the Drawing would predominantly go back to the artist - to continue to invest in their process. I love the notion of utilizing our own word of mouth and marketing outreach to expand our own audiences in a space that is well-lit, inviting and energetic. Having a workspace as part of the exhibition space is tremendously beneficial to so many artists as process is such a huge part of what we do - and sharing that only engages people more. This space - turned out to be the perfect fit. Just big enough, and lots of windows to show off what’s happening inside - all the time. Word of mouth. That’s where it’s at. So spread the word.