Clarissa Shanahan

Clarissa Shanahan

There are hints of high drama in many of Clarissa Shanahan’s paintings, beginning with her first mature works from around 2010. With titles like Asylum, Cliff, Phantom, and Haunted Tree, these modest-sized works, not more than 36 inches on the longest dimension, often...
Plein-Air Painting Today

Plein-Air Painting Today

Thirteen Who Head for the Open Air…in Spite of the Challenges Artists in significant numbers first took to the great outdoors to work in natural surroundings and more accurately transcribe the effects of light nearly 200 years ago, following the example of...
Gudrun Mertes-Frady

Gudrun Mertes-Frady

Gudrun Mertes-Frady credits her childhood as the daughter of two architects, one of whom taught at a school modeled after the Bauhaus, with the look of her mature paintings: restraint and control always n balance with an impulse toward lyricism, with an elegant...
Mary Gabriel: The Women of Abstract Expressionism

Mary Gabriel: The Women of Abstract Expressionism

Mary Gabriel The Women of Abstract Expressionism SoundCloud Facebook If you were lucky enough to catch the round-up at the Denver Art Museum two years ago, you know that there was much more to the epic mid-century upheaval in American art than Jackson Pollock, Willem...
Assess the Excess

Assess the Excess

Suggestions for storing, selling, tossing, or giving away unwanted old work One of the saddest days of my life was the day I carted all my youthful paintings from my parents’ summer house to the dump in Montauk, NY, after selling the property in 2003. These included a...