Exhibit: Drawing From the Tropics, April 17 to May 29, 2014

The Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory is a lush tropical rainforest resting sideways over a cool pond in the heart of Oklahoma City. It’s the perfect place to display- and see- paintings of parrots, tamarin monkeys and orchids. The exhibit is free and open to the public during regular Crystal Bridge hours (Mon-Sat 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m.).

My tropical paintings and drawings are now on display- available for purchase- in the gallery space of the Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory, as part of the Myriad Botanical Gardens Fine Art Series. I can’t say enough about this exotic jungle under glass, except that it’s my favorite spot of tropical nature in entire temperate zone of the western hemisphere; a good place to drop in on when I need a little soul balm and a rainforest refresher. And I always need a rainforest refresher.

One of the perks of showing in a tropical conservatory is the tropical plant collection. Incredible place to sketch or just catch your natural balance.
One of the perks of showing in a tropical conservatory is having a tropical plant collection close at hand. A great place to sketch- or just catch one’s natural balance.

As luck would have it, my exhibit coincides with the annual Oklahoma Festival of the Arts, a weeklong outdoor art show featuring artists from all over the country, 31 food vendors, 4 music stages, 300 musicians, lights, camera, action. All taking place right outside on the beautiful grounds of the Myriad Botanical Gardens.

Awesome installation helpers Konrad Eek and Becky Way. Konrad is also one of my framers and artwork photographers. Becky is a fabulous pastel artist.
Awesome installation experts Konrad Eek and Becky Way. Konrad is a very fine framer and artwork photographer, and Becky is a fabulous pastel artist. She’s not as shy as she looks.

All 24 pieces in this show were either made in the field or from field sketches. A fun techie feature: QR Codes alongside each painting link to sketches, photos, videos and audio clips for fun extra content. When you come to the show, bring your smart phone. Here’s a sample:


An image gallery of the whole show is here. The show runs from April 17 to May 29. Come get your rainforest refresher.

Happy Thursday.



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