December 1, 2007
Things are cooling off here in the desert at last. It's been a busy past
few months for me. My most exciting news is that I'm getting married in
March, 2008. My fiance Ron Graham proposed to me on my birthday, October
9th in the presence of my parents and sister, and I accepted joyfully!
For those of you wondering, I will continue to sign my artwork with "Kelso."
Speaking of which, since my last e-newsletter I've completed five new
paintings that I'd like to share with you...
This 24x24" oil on canvas was inspired by a canyon of the same name
in Zion National Park. It expresses the feminine sensual qualities of
a slot canyon. To read more about it, take a look at my weblog,
and visit mystery
within my portfolio.
These four canvases arranged together in a diamond pattern measuring 70x70"
compose my work entitled reef. Inspired by the
vast desert region of Capital Reef National Park, reef
symbolizes the mind-blowing concept that all this desert country was once
a shallow sea. Take a look and read more about reef.
This 48x36" acrylic painting on canvas is an homage to a special
place in Heaps Canyon at Zion National Park. A fantastic adventure of
three days took me into the this long slot canyon which ends with a thrilling
280' rappel to the base of the Emerald Pools. Read more about my trip
through Heaps Canyon on my weblog
or view the work entitled heaps.
A sentimental project, coal
is a reflection on a significant part of my personal family heritage as
well as a way of honoring one of our planet's natural resources. This
24x24" acrylic painting on canvas is dark and precious.
This 48x36" acrylic painting is a tribute to the spectacular scenery
at the Havasupai nation's reservation in Arizona. One of the most astonishingly
beautiful places I have ever visited, this true oasis of the desert is
connected to the Grand Canyon. Take a look at oasis.
has been on exhibition locally at Jitters Cafe in Henderson as well as
at City of the World Gallery in the Las Vegas Arts District. I have remained
active volunteering for the Vegas Artists Guild and the Contemporary Arts
Collective. I also donated a framed giclee entitled belly
to the Aquarium of the Pacific's Sea Fare black-tie fundraising event
last October. My print was part of a silent auction benefiting the aquarium's
conservation programs. My work shared the auction block with a piece by
the well known painter, Wyland. I am looking into other ways to involve
myself with charities that support environmental conservation in the future.
As I mentioned
in July, ArtExpo
came to Las Vegas last September. I attended as a spectator this year,
but next year I'm saving my pennies to be an exhibitor. I heard some great
feedback from fellow artists about how they obtained several contacts
from buyers and gallery representatives. Some lucky artists even obtained
multiple commissions from show visitors. It seems to be a great way to
My push next year
is going to be getting my work out there for the public to see. In addition
to a First Friday presence in the Arts District, and exhibiting at ArtExpo,
I plan to enter several Art Shows. I have currently been accepted to participate
in Boulder City's Art Festival here in Nevada on April 19th and 20th.
I am working on my booth display and am preparing prints and greeting
cards for sale. Other shows I am looking into participating in are in
Colorado, New Mexico, and California. Since they are juried applications
I will announce any additional show confirmations in future e-newsletters.
Friends and family,
please don't hesitate to pass my website along to anyone and everyone.
I am interested in sharing my work digitally as well as through sales.
The more people who see my work the better chances of my overall success.
Also, I have implemented a friends and family discount of 15%. Just mention
this newsletter when making your purchase. Giclee prints of my work start
at only $70. See my sales
page for more information.
Many thanks, and Happy
Holidays to you all!