The Empire 100 Western Art Show, sponsored by the Empire Ranch Foundation was another juried show that I submitted three pieces for the jury. This was my fourth year to be juried into the show that saw 400 entries submitted by more than 125 artists throughout the West. The jury - in accepting all three pieces - added a notation that said the “jury loved your work!” The show is scheduled to run from February 3 to March 9, 2014 in the Jewish Community Center in Tucson, AZ. See # 2529-07, “The Edge of Summer”; #2535-13, Back Country Sundown”; and #2538-16, “Yucca Trail.” All were acrylic on stretched canvas and two were gallery wraps.
New Artist Collaboration – an on going new venture!
Montana contemporary artist Pat Lambrecht-Hould and I began with an experiment in painting together while visiting Pat’s Lakeside, Montana home, late summer, 2013. As it started out as “a lark” it turned out to be an exciting new visual adventure for us both with really outstanding results. Pat begins with a foundation of heavy texturing of modeling paste, mixed media that includes gold, silver and copper leafing. I paint over the background with a loose, calligraphy style of painting with southwestern subject matter that includes desert flora and high country aspens to name a few. Finally, Pat puts a few minor finishing touches on the canvas. We have completed eight Hould-Oliver canvases so far and now have them now consigned to the Manos Gallery in Tubac, AZ and the La Quinta Gallery of Fine Art in La Quinta, CA. The gallery owners and staff have all mentioned that they have received rave reviews from their customers and collectors alike on this new collaborative effort! More to come!