After much encouragement, I recently joined millions of viewers in watching the Mad Men television series on AMC. Since its premiere in 2007, Mad Men has acquired an impressive following and been credited with influencing fashion trends and cultural style. According to the Guardian, this popular series has led to a rise in sales “everything from tortoise shell glasses to fedoras” as well as the “return of the suit.” The show has caused an upsurge in the demand for mid-century modern furnishings. But will it have a similar effect on commercial workplace design trends? READ MORE
In 2009, after a twelve year hiatus, I returned to painting. My inspiration: construction sites. When I visit the raw echo-y spaces – the air bitter with gypsum and saw dust, the quiet and concentrated work of the anonymous men in their domed hard hats – I am overcome with the desire to capture that moment. Empty space that is about to become a defined PLACE. Over the years, I found myself habitually taking and collecting photographs from site visits, not sure what I was going to do with them…then, when I attended a workshop at Penland School of Art and Craft in the fall of 2009, I took along my box of photos and almost instinctually began a series of paintings of construction sites.