The Chiaroscuro Collection

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1. the distribution of light and shade in a picture.
2. Painting. the use of deep variations in and subtle gradations of light and shade, especially to enhance the delineation of character and for general dramatic effect.

This collection has been a LONG time coming... an idea Lindsay Emery, of Suite One Studio, and I have played with for literally years.  I think we first connected maybe five years ago- on Twitter, when I was actually a tweeter? I was just starting out of college, unsure where my path as an artist was going to take me, and she was one of my biggest cheerleaders from day one.  Although our media (ceramics vs. oil paint) are so different, we have consistently circled within the same realm of color palettes, our comfort zone of grays and rich blues. In the most recent years, we both dove into the world of gold accents -- and that's when my idea for a collaborative collection really took off.  The timing never quite worked for both of us, until we dug in at the end of last year and really put this plan into motion.

I immediately thought of Beth Winterburn, as a great addition to this collection. I consider her loose and airy abstracts to be a bridge between my dark, realistic landscapes and Lindsay's delicate pottery. And, she loves her gold accents, too!

In terms of a collaboration, we determined a color palette (that changed a few times) of black, gray, blush and gold, and set out to create work influenced by those colors and each others' work. I was most inspired by Lindsay's balance between the light and dark of her white porcelain and rich glazes, and Beth's intersection between the geometric and organic. I wanted to incorporate all of these attributes into the pieces in this collection.

We will each be listing our pieces on our individual websites, available Tuesday, March 7th at 7 pm est.

This experience working with these artists has been pretty surreal -- I feel like the invisible girl in high school that just asked out the coolest kid to prom, and to her surprise, they said yes!

To emerging artists out there, finding their place in this vast, confusing art world, my tip to you -- just go for it! Have big dreams, set big goals, and make it happen. If you sit around waiting to be discovered or for something magical to happen, you could be waiting for a VERY long time. Instead, create proposals, ask your art crushes to collaborate, and you may just surprise yourself.