Turquoise Dream

Turquoise Dream - encaustic w/mixed media 2010

Studio Update: I shipped this little gem off yesterday and today I am putting the finishing touches on a commission that I will install this weekend. I am almost caught up now with my studio schedule. I still have to wrap up the five paintings that will be going to the Alexis Hotel (I will post images of this work soon) and then start preparing panels for my July show in Sun Valley. I may have to hire a studio intern this year but feeling very fortunate to have my work in such demand. To top it all off it’s a sunny January day here in Seattle. Miracles continue…


Art Acquisition

This painting was recently acquired by the Swedish Medical Center

The Swedish Medical Center in Seattle just purchased another one of my paintings for their permanent collection. They now have two of my pieces and I am thrilled and honored to be included in such an important corporate collection.

I had a special request to create a nest piece and this is the result.
Studio Update: These rainy Seattle days are keeping me inside the studio. I just finished up a commission and have a few more to complete for some very patient collectors. I will post the final images soon.


Art Walk

Bookscape detail by Katya Marritz

First Thursday Art Walk is tonight and here are a few shows worth mentioning. The first is a series of “Bookscapes” by Seattle artist, Katya Marritz. She is creating her own kind if visual poetry as she folds and sews these literary classics into textured and compelling sculptural statements. Marritz’s Bookscapes will be on display at the Zeitgeist CafĂ© now through Feb 3rd. Scroll down to see more images of these lovely book sculptures.

Bookscapes by Katya Marritz on display at the Zeitgeist Cafe thru Feb 3rd

Also on my priority list for tonight is an exhibition presented by the Catherine Person Gallery featuring the work of Jessica Drenk and Patrick Kelley.

Right: Patrick Kelley "untitled" 2009 -  Left: 2005 sculpture by Jessica Drenk 

Drenk is an inventive sculptor and has a talent for reinventing everyday ordinary objects and transforming them into delicate and compelling artifacts. She uses toilet paper, pencils, coffee filters and other unexpected materials as a base for her work. 

Jessica Drenk - Nucleus Universe - Toilet paper, singed dyptich, 40" x 24", 2006

Jessica Drenk - Soft Cell Tissue series: Toilet paper, singed and coated in wax 16" x 16", 2006

Jessica Drenk - Window Specimen: Cup Lids plastic soft drink covers, wax 2007

I have been a longtime fan of Drenk’s art. She first came to my attention because she often uses bee’s wax in her process. I look forward to seeing her work in person tonight. I am not familiar with Patrick Kelley’s art but from the exhibition information it looks like a good pairing of artists. Should be a great night to get out and see some art!


Good Intentions


Spotlight - featured emerging artist - Barbara Dunshee
Prince Heap 2006 - porcelain, oxides, milk paint

The Studio - January 1, 2010 -  filled with works-in-progress.

A friend and I were talking about the New Year and the tradition of making resolutions. Instead of making resolutions for change my friend is going to state her intentions for the new year ahead. I like that idea so much that I am making my own list of intentions for 2010.

In 2010 I intend to be very productive.
I have one of my busiest art schedules ever this year and I welcome all the wonderful opportunities that have opened up for me. I have a solo show in July at the Gilman Contemporary and I will be participating in several group shows and working on commissions over the next twelve months.

The Alexis Hotel in Seattle will feature my work from 4/1 to 8/3 2010

I will have work on display in the Alexis Hotel in Seattle from April 1st to August 3rd in a show curated by Barbara Shaiman, Director of the Seattle Art Museum Gallery and Curator for the Alexis Hotel.  Once the work is up I will post some installation photos.

Barbara Dunshee, Doughboy & Marshmallow Princess- porcelain, oxides milk paint
In 2010 I intend to encourage and support the work of emerging artists.
Starting with a few new blog features this month. The first I call SPOTLIGHT . Here I will showcase the work of an emerging artist who has caught my attention. Beginning with ceramic artist Barbara Dunshee - Coming Soon - Look for the sidebar feature titled SPOTLIGHT for more information about Barbara and her work. Also beginning this month will be another new blog feature, The Hot Wire -where artists can post links to their websites, galleries, blogs, show announcements and other art related news – If you would like to contribute a listing to The Hot Wire please email your link with information to: art@aliciatormey.com and it will be posted to the new listings. I also intend to continue my Pay It Forward program so stay tuned for highlights from my growing art collection.

A real work-in-progress.

In 2010 I intend to be my best self in each moment and endeavor.
As I continue to devote my energies to my artistic practices this year I intend to focus on achieving a higher state of awareness and knowing well that part of me that is the most authentic. Making art touches me on so many levels: it is my profession and my daily meditation. It fills me up, it wipes me out, it challenges me and it thrills me. Creating art is the mechanism through which I am evolving. Through my daily studio practice I am becoming my truest and best self.

I am wishing you all a year of positive transformation and may all your good intentions be realized. Be well and creative in 2010.