Please join me this Saturday, November 6th for a live visual collaboration with The Old Bridge Chamber Orchestra, who will be showing my interpretations of the movements of Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition, on screen at The Hyton Performing Arts Center.
I created twelve works in all. They will be shown on screen, above the orchestra, during the second half of their concert performance.
The art is all very different, as was the original art, for the exhibition that inspired Mussorgsky to write this great musical work.
These artworks are meant to visually represent the musical ideas in Mussorgsky’s mind as he begins mentally sketching his musical ideas. The orchestra provides the final product. I hope these visualizations do the evening justice by enhancing the musical experience by illustrating his intense sounds, phrasings and sheer imagination.
Summer Members Exhibition at
The Arts Club of Washington:
Closing, Friday July 16th, 2021 5-7PM
2021 I (eye) St. NW I Washington, DC 20006
Schubert’s Symphony #8, 1st Movement “Unfinished Symphony”
by Britt Conley Mixed Media $950
Please join us for our Member’s Exhibition at The Arts Club of Washington’s Members Exhibition. I would love to see you there!
The pandemic has been difficult for everyone, including me. While everything seemed to take a big hit, I kept pushing forward with the art. That is where my hopes live and breath. So while many things seemed to fall away, I was able to have some forward motion despite things.
In Winter of 2020 I was excitedly one of the featured artists at The Arts Club of Washington. The reception included a memorable night with family and friends! The opening reception was Friday, January 10th, 2020 from 6:30-8:30. I met many people and enjoyed many a conversation about the thought processes involved in personifying music. I absolutely love The Arts Club!
Another unexpected honor was not only being accepted into the The Northern Virginia Review Magazine but also being on the cover of the 34th edition. The cover mixed media work, “Musica,” is in the collection of a wonderful couple who’s home is not just heartfelt but full of love. Even a bigger honor!
Also inside the issue is Manhattan Lullaby, a graphite work representing the title track of Chris Ziemba’s jazz album Manhattan Lullaby. My September 2019 solo show at The Workhouse Arts Center, featured nearly 90 works personifying the many of the songs from his album. Chris is an amazing composer and pianist. He is also the pianist for The Airmen of Note, who are literally “The premier jazz ensemble of the United States Air Force.” It was a real pleasure to work with him. You can see more on the show further, below.
Tchaikovsky, Symphony No. 6 in B minor, The Pathetique measures 221-229” (also in the issue) was recently awarded The Award of Excellence from The Arts Club of Washington. It was also featured in two other magazines…
An additional feature during the summer was a four page spread in Studio Visit Magazine which I have loved since the 90s, when I used to go to Barnes and Noble, grab the recent issues and enjoy some tea while perusing the latest trends in the art world. I’m honored to be in it and also to be one of the first artists with so many dedicated pages. Due to covid the 2020 issue came out in 2021. Better late than never :)
One of the other truly great opportunities about 2021 were the commissions! I had the incredible opportunity to collaborate with The Wheeling Symphony for their February “Soundbites” concert. I created a work of art to personify Gershwin’s I Got Rhythm. It was such a joy to work with them. I really loved the entire experience! They are a phenomenal organization.
To see the video lead up, click the blue link below the image!
The work was shown to the LIVE concert both in person and virtually. After the performance of the piece the artwork was auctioned off! See the creation of the work with the link below! I wanted to thank Maestro John Genaro Devlin for thinking of me and for being so creative and thoughtful with his concert series and opportunities!
Also back in November 2020 was my annual solo show! It was barely seen for numerous reasons. I’ve decided to add far larger anchor pieces and have a new show that can be seen within the next couple of years. The show was titled The Conductor Envisioned! The Conductor Envisioned features visual personifications of 20 conductors. Instead of following the exacting physical tempo motions, I wanted to capture the conductor’s personality and visualize their communication style by providing an iconic visual aesthetic, that personifies the energy, shape and philosophy of what they bring to their conducting. For more information, visit my ‘exhibition page.’
Lastly, for shows, I was also honored to make it into The Workhouse Arts Center Glass National show, June 17, 2020 – September 16, 2020.
Right now, May 2021, I’m working on a phenomenal commission! I’ve been asked to create a triptych of Copeland’s Appalachian Spring. It has taken a couple of months just to think and organize how to approach it on paper. It’s a heartfelt challenge that I hope will bring one of my best efforts. The background is almost done being layered. Then comes the music! Can’t wait!!!
No photos for this one yet! I like to work privately and create my own dialog to go with the piece at hand.
So 2020 had some amazing things, so horrible things, difficult times and a lot of time to reflect on how to move forward despite the difficulties. Looking forward to working hard through the summer, fall and a eventually having holiday full of what feels long lost family and friends.
Thank you to everyone who came out for my latest solo show, Jazz Envisioned: Manhattan Lullaby. For months I listened to Chris Ziemba’s album, Manhattan Lullaby and attempted to visualize much of it. I used the main two walls to showcase the first song on the album, “Josie.” The art is a nearly entirely note for note translation of this piece into motivic cells. It seemed a wonderful way to emulate the main and subset structures of his writing style.
Overall this has been an incredibly rewarding experience. Visually personifying Chris’s music into numerous thematic work runs has allowed me to chew through a bit of his writing style and decision making process. It’s a really rewarding experience to work so intensively and learn a lot along the way. The show featured 84 separate artworks. Nine of the works represent, “The Road Less Traveled,” which features the saxophone was emulated by illustrating the sound articulation and melodic shape of his performance.
Although Chris was unable to attend the opening, he was able to perform at the closing reception. His memorizing performance of the many of the works from the album was an incredible experience for all! Chris performs all over and is additionally the pianist for The Airmen of Note. It was an honor to work with him.
The sculpture “Interval Sea” is heading overseas. I really enjoyed creating it and will miss having it around the studio. It’s going to a very loving home in Norway.
It’s an honor enough to be showing at The Arts Club of Washington again from now until June 27th. I was lucky enough to win the Award of Excellence for Tchaikovsky, Symphony No. 6 in B minor, “The Pathetique” measures 221-229. The day after the opening, I was asked it was available and he said wanted it : )
Also on view is the commission, “My Guitar, My Muse” that I’ve spent the past few years on. It’s about the sound of guitar strings being plucked and all things music. The Lovely couple who commissioned it came to The Arts Club for the official unveiling and seemed ecstatic about the outcome : )
I used the guitar strings that the guitarist had performed with. I really loved being able to add that personal touch and he really liked the idea.
I’m also, currently the curator for a show titled “Artists in Their Own Right” at the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, VA. The show features just some of our over 50 community at Northern Virginia Community College.
The Opening reception will be July 13th, 2019 from 6-8pm.
After the reception, please come by my new studio in building 10 for small 2nd get together/new studio warming and birthday get together. They’ll be cake!
I also be giving a sneak peak at the new show I’m working on! I’m working on 50 works while listening to one jazz album: Manhattan Lullaby by Chris Ziemba. I’ll be personifying the music throughout the album in color. I’m still working on the black & white under-layer structures for the next couple of weeks before adding those color layers. I’m really excited about the show and watching all of this music come to life visually. The exhibit is titled Jazz Envisioned: Manhattan Lullaby and will be on view at The Workhouse Arts Center in Building 10 from September 14th-October 6th. Here is a sneak peak of the early stage inks I working on now…
I was also thrilled to have sold Hummel’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in A minor. Op. 25 thru the Arts Club of Washington in March. It’s a recent work and one of my favorites.
The Arts Club of Washington has been absolutely wonderful and I can’t recommend them enough. In 2018 I was fortunate enough to win two awards of excellence for the first of my Chopin series and for Noturno Phantasm, a nocturn of the night.
This wasn’t my first award from the Arts Club of Washington. I’m lucky to have been award several others as well.
It was also shown at various other locations including The Arts Club of Washington and Northern Virginia Community College.
One of the other really wonderful events this past year was having my first group showing at the Huntington Museum of Art. Feldeinsamkeit was entered. It is a Brahms lead for paino and male voice. It’s inspired from a poem Brahms read about a man lying in the field in tall grass, listening to the incencent sound of crickets, while the clouds move rhythmically overhead. Feldeinsamkeit sold this summer to a wonderful couple.
It was a wonderful experience, the museum staff are incredible and the evening reception was phenomenally done. I really loved being in the space and it has inspired a couple of potential museum shows that are in the making…
It’s been a wonderful year… I was fortunate enough to be in The Workhouse Arts Center show Compounds Not Required with a phenomenal group of artists!
In 2017 I was thrilled to be in Strathmore’s La Vie en Bleu.
The work I entered was the collaboration of John Kocur’s Out of the Blue and my, “Into the Blue. I created the work to his writing style and he created the jazz composition to the painting.
The reception was incredible and a joy to meet some any fellow artists!
Additionally, I had another solo show this year…
The most fun was spending the year collaborating with Virginia Bronze! They are a 25 member handbell ensemble. They gave me four works to create art to, to go with their season’s final concert at The George Washington Memorial
There were two concerts. The other was performed at The Workhouse Arts Center. The works I created were in glass. I created one for Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite, Debussy’s Sunken Cathedral, Nimrod and Mussorgsky’s Great Gate of Kiev.
I then created a light show behind the glass that was played per buttons with the actual timing of the music. Being a percussionist in a former life, I was able to pull it off.
A lot went into the work for this two night concert! I really put in a massive amount of work. It was my first time working in glass as well. A major learning curve but boy am I thrilled with the results : ) I hope to work in glass again soon!