I'm plugging away in the studio, working on a very detailed image. It's been in the works for two weeks now. I'm hoping I'll finish it up Monday. That will only happen If I get a few hours in this weekend, but I'm pretty sure that will happen. So be on the lookout on my social media post. I love to show videos of me revealing the ink and putting the final touches on the newest painting, especially one thats large, detailed, and colorful. This one checks all those boxes.
This week I met with some artist friends to plan out our show for the First Saturday Art Crawl. Everything is coming together and I'm excited to be showing along side some amazing talent. We've shown together in the past, but this show will be one of our best. I've copied the info below. This will be sent out as one of my first email newsletters. So if you've signed up, be on the lookout:) Together, we are called "Four Artist TN" and you can read more about each artist and their work below.
I'm going to get back in the studio. I hope I'll see some of you April 7th. The weather should be perfect for another fantastic Art Crawl! Come join us!
Inaugural exhibit at Blue Fig Gallery
April 7, 2018 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM
Randy Purcell, Emily McGrew, Susan McGrew, and Mike Martino formed Four Artist TN based on a common affinity for figurative art. While they work in different media with different subjects and styles, they find their work symbiotic.
“Our work shown together provides a more multidimensional model of the world we inhabit.”
Blue Fig Gallery is located in the historic Arcade building, upstairs in Unit #56.
Map to Blue Fig Gallery
Randy L Purcell was born in Paducah, Kentucky in 1968. At the age of 37, after several different career paths, he elected to pursue an interest in the arts and enrolled at MTSU. In 2009 he received his BFA in both painting and sculpture. Since graduating he has mainly focused on a unique encaustic process where he transfers ink from magazines onto a thin layer of beeswax. The subjects of his paintings relate to his life’s experiences. His work can be found in both private and corporate collections throughout the United States, and he has a few public art pieces located in the Nashville area.
“My work is about slowing down, taking time away from chaos and experiencing the present world. The subjects vary, as do surroundings, thoughts, and feelings. My intent is to seduce the viewer into their own moment of contemplation, either with the subjects and/or the process.”
Emily McGrew earned her BFA from Washington University in Saint Louis and her MFA from the University of Houston. She was born in Nashville, Tennessee and lives and works here now as a mentor for young adults with Autism, and as a Visual Artist. Her work describes the people, places (and animals) she loves.
Emily McGrew Website
“Through painting and drawing I depict compelling compositions of objects and living creatures. Rendering forms helps me to appreciate the physicality of the subjects. I engage in a kind of meditation when I take the time to slow down and observe these forms which is an integral part of my process.”
After hours of observation of life in the natural setting, I begin my painting process. I paint with attention to the fluidity of forms, a tribute to the constant of change. Composition and color are chosen to emphasize the dynamism of the setting. My aim is to convey a sense of belonging both for the observer and the observed.”A New England native trained both as a physician and artist, McGrew pursued duel careers in the 1990s after moving to Nashville, TN. She had her first solo exhibition in 2001 at Cheekwood Museum followed by shows at the Nashville International Airport and The Parthenon Museum. In 2011, at age 57, McGrew retired from medicine to pursue a career in painting full time. Her work is featured in private and corporate collections. One of her paintings was recently purchased for the Metro Courthouse collection.
Susan McGrew Website
Printmaker Mike Martino received his BFA from Tyler School of Art and his MFA from LSU. Mike’s studio, Blue Fig Editions in Brentwood TN has complete printmaking capability of lithography Intaglio screen prints and relief prints. Mike exhibits his work in his gallery (Blue Fig Gallery), locally and internationally. His shows have included galleries, Universities, state and local museums as well as private collections.
Mike Martino Website
"My artwork is a synthesis of my creative vision along with my printmaking skills. It originates from my observation of mostly landscape scenes. I'll make fast sketches then set my sketch aside for a period to allow my ideas to ferment. When ready I deconstruct and rebuild these sketches while adding additional formal elements including composition, mark making, texture, space and color. I bring my work to life by combining a variety of printmaking techniques into one print."