Ah, It’s been several months now since the completion of of 2007’s big distraction- my new studio.
I purchased a commercial building in Salt Lake City, last August. It might have been as simple as moving in after closing if I wasn’t such a perfectionist. My first reaction to the building was suspicion that it was designed 100 years ago by someone who somehow anticipated my arrival. It was that perfect, functionally. My second reaction was that I couldn’t work in a building so hideously decorated. 🙂 Actually the project was a lot more than just decorating. It involved demolition, framing, drywalling, plumbing, electrical, lighting, finished carpentry, a lot of painting, installing cabinets, window/skylight coverings… I ended up doing all of the construction myself with the exception of plumbing, electrical and painting, due to the lack of contractor availability at the time. It’s OK though because “if you want something done right…”. So, after a month of 12-16 days (plus odds and ends for the next couple of months) then moving in the boat load of “art supplies” from my old studio, here it is. This year I’m just going to paint. 🙂 Oh wait, I’ve got a documentary to do this year. OK, next year I’ll just paint.
Below is the painting area. The etching press and work area are in right corner. The office/lounge is above, through the balcony. There is a small kitchen through the door to the left.
My classroom is through the brown double doors in the center. Ive got a large (8’x12′) skylight above with a custom blackout shade I designed so I can control the light. Ive done the same with the side windows (left).
This space has been very inspiring and due to the unique lighting conditions, among other things, I have found that it has influenced the direction of my work. There has been some significant evolution this year that I am very excited about. I will be posting these new paintings after completing the work for my show in June.