The Tree of Influence

For much of my life, rock music was the dominant artform and I studied every aspect of it. One of the things that always interested me was “which artists influenced the artists that I was listening to?” So much of classic rock was built on the backs of blues artists and you can hear this…

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Artist Spotlight – Nora Griffin

A few months ago, Nora Griffin’s solo show, titled “Chartreuse,” opened at Fierman Gallery in the Lower East Side. I caught a glimpse of images of the work in digital form. The thing that intrigued me most was the shift in the new work, which seemed to have a looser quality and more painterly gestural…

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The Fool in All of Us

About two years ago, I started to paint a new substantial body of art work and the craziest thing happened. Next month, I have a solo show at the Whitney Museum and I have catapulted into the fine art world and at 57 as a dynamic emerging artist! April Fools!! OK, now that I have…

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One River Jobs Careers

Teaching Best Practices

In the world of jobs that an artist can occupy while maintaining a steady career and studio practice, teaching is one of the best possibilities of employment. Educating is by far one of the most positive and enriching experiences an individual can have, in addition to the focused, self-employed role. As a professor of art,…

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Cameron Welch Art Award

Cameron Welch: Winner of the One River Emerging Art Award

I am thrilled to announce that One River has taken another step towards supporting emerging artists by presenting the first annual One River Emerging Art Award to Cameron Welch. We have been hard at work for the last seven years teaching art and presenting exhibitions in our schools. Now we are accelerating our ability to…

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The Queen of Abstraction: Hilma af Klint

For the last few months, every artist that I follow on Instagram posted photos of their experience viewing the Hilma af Klint exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum and last week was my chance to see what it was all about. I was stunned…I knew nothing about her and the show was breathtaking. This is the…

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Teaching Through the Lens of Living Artists

A few weeks ago, I sat for an interview with Steve Adubato. Steve has a program titled Caucus on NJ TV and it airs throughout the state of New Jersey on PBS stations. I had a chance to talk a little bit about why we do what we do and thought that he asked me…

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Channel Your Ideas

The other day I was talking to a friend who was telling me about a new business concept that he had and I was astounded with the creativity that went into conceptualizing it.  Once we got past the “why”, we got deeper into the discussion about “how”.  How would he take the product to market…

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No Bigger Than The Moon – Painting by David Mcdonough

I can’t take credit for the title of this article – that is credit due to the Artist, David Mcdonough – a painter based in Brooklyn NY. His paintings, moderate in size, vary in medium but center around charcoal and oil paint on canvas. Brush marks flip between transparent opaque as they move through the…

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Perspective

What do you see when you look at the picture above? The obvious answer is a group of interesting teenagers, perhaps a range of ages 13-18, assembled in front of some cool artwork with some interesting looking adults who may be artists and educators. That is one perspective. The other perspective gets at the root…

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