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Although I paint everyday, at this time in my life, I’m more ready than ever to completely focus on my work and evolution as an artist ...without interruption. I look forward to being outside of my comfort zone, my studio, my southern heritage, and my general daily life... painting above the Mason-Dixon Line. This is a wonderful opportunity to interact and share ideas with a group of international artists. 

While at Vytacil, I’d hope to push the boundaries in my style of painting, which explores color and form using many layers of oil. I allow the paint to dry between applications, giving the works luminosity and – when I get it right -- a mysterious iridescence. I’m intrigued by colors that overlap but do not mix. There’s also a literal boundary in some of my paintings inspired by landscapes. In the ones I keep coming back to, trying to understand myself, you’re not sure where the water ends, say, and the sky begins--the boundaries are ethereal and unsettling. I’d like to push those qualities as far as they will go. 

On a practical level, I’d begin early each day with a routine of sketching and drawing. After that, the best work finds me, I don’t find it.    

Risks and challenges

The challenge is to make the most of the gift of uninterrupted time, studio space, and weekly critiques. I’m a self motivated painter and I understand the need for simultaneous creativity and discipline. I’m excited about working in a large studio where I can spread out, explore, and create a large body of work. I am open to all people and customs and welcome the interaction with other artists but more importantly welcome the weekly critiques from a variety of different art professionals.

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  • I can, but this is a much different experience. There isn’t any interruption. At home I try to stay on a schedule that works with my family, and the world, a nine to five kind of scenario which is fine. But in a residency environment there are no pauses for meals, phone calls, laundry, errands or obligations...except when you choose. The creative process takes a lot of time to get started in the morning, and a lot of time to shut down and clean up too. The residency allows for a very natural creative flow, solitude and focus. It is also a wonderful opportunity to step away from typical habits and influences and see it all from a different perspective.

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    Signed Limited Edition INSPIRATION NOTEBOOK. Designed by Elizabeth Stockton featuring the paintings that will be produced at Vytlacil, photograph of the artist, artists’ statement, as well as 16 grid pages for recording your own thoughts or sketches.
    Eight Note Cards featuring the paintings that will be produced at Vytlacil on the front & Eight Envelopes. Hand written thank you note.

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