My art has continued during the past 4 years or so as well with many shows, new works, new investigations developing into new bodies of work, commissions, grants, awards and new associations with other artists and organizations. Developing as an Artist is multifaceted and is part of every day of my life. Some I can do without much effort but some I need to focus on, consciously putting in effort and often putting myself into a situation that is out of my comfort zone (like talking to people at gallery openings... people... especially a lot of people... yikes!) But, knowing that things like that will help me move forward as an artist, I have done my best to at least try. I still have a lot of work to do in some of those areas.
Now here in the beginning of 2020 I find my self on sabbatical from my teaching until next September. As I proposed when I decided to take a sabbatical, I am taking the time to do a few specific things. Firstly, I plan to continue to research and develop a body of work started a few years ago that focuses on Endangered Species. I hope to spend some time visiting zoos, aquariums and other organizations that are certified for their conservation efforts and programs. If it is at all possible, I hope to actually speak with those who work in conservation and work with the animals and hopefully get behind the scenes with the animals and document them close up. Then I will take the research and documentation back to the studio and use it as source info for my artistic works. Some you can see here ENDANGERED SPECIES SERIES