March Encaustic workshop at my studio

I’ll be hosting a weekend Encaustic workshop at my new, bright, spacious studio at The Mill at 80 Fountain St.,Pawtucket.

Day 1: Beginner workshop for those new to or curious about learning encaustic. Or… if you need a refresher on the basics,

Day 2: Continuation from Day 1; Or… for those who already have work(s) in- progress and need the space and set-up to keep going.

Click on the classes/workshops page to enroll in Day 1, Day 2 or BOTH days!

Me, The Burren and Sean Scully

I recently visited Ireland and fell in love with The Burren region. It’s covered in limestone and feels otherworldly and weird.

Taleen Batalian, The Burren

It didn’t take long in my travels to discover that I wasn’t alone in feeling inspired by this landscape. Sean Scully, originally from Ireland and who’s work I love, used the arrangement of the limestone to create a large body of work consisting of photographs…

Sean Scully, from the Walls of Aran series
Sean Scully, from the Walls of Aran series

and paintings…

Sean Scully, Wall of Light Burren

This Burren contains a lifetime worth of ideas. I can’t wait to get back to my studio and dive in to my own photographs and memories of this magical place.

“Feeding the Creative Spirit” workshop a success!!

Great day all around at the “Feeding the Creative Spirit” workshop, held at The Newport Art Museum last week. Participants were busy making shadow drawings in the morning; spent time at mark-making stations mid-day, and, later in the afternoon, “worked into” shadow drawings with paint. Good vibes, good learning and tons of art-making at this SOLD-OUT, 6-hour art workshop in Newport, RI.

Working at the collage station
Working at the collage station
Drawing shadows
Drawing shadows
Adding paint to shadow drawings
Adding paint to shadow drawings

“Feeding the Creative Spirit” workshop coming to Newport, RI

The Newport Art Museum studios will serve as the venue for an upcoming workshop “Feeding the Creative Spirit” that I’ll be co-teaching with artist friend, Emily Vickers. In case you didn’t realize just how beautiful the surroundings are, here’s a sneak peak …

Newport Art Museum
Newport Art Museum
















This workshop is designed to help you tap into your best creative energy and is for artists and non-artists alike. Come, explore and start making! Click here to sign up.



Going back to my roots

Something is definitely getting very close to culminating in my creative process – relatively speaking. I had been painting, exclusively for over 10 years and suddenly (thanks to an honest conversation with friend and fellow artist), it occurred to me to move back to my roots (in fashion design) and finish what I started there…not with clothing – per se – but with experimenting and manipulating fabric as sculpture for the body and the performance aspect of a runway show.

So, that is what I’m doing…working toward a performance that will attempt to transport an audience to experience my inner world for 20 minutes or so.

Stay tuned for updates…and in the meantime, here’s a sneak peak …

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Preparing for “Feeding the Creative Spirit” workshop …

I visited the Fuller Craft Museum yesterday.

I’m kind of in love with this place …

The museum will serve as the venue for my upcoming workshop “Feeding the Creative Spirit” that I’ll be co-teaching with artist friend, Emily Vickers. We didn’t realize just how beautiful the surroundings are …

Fuller Craft Museum


Did you know that Fuller Craft Museum has serene 22-acre campus surrounded by over 700 acres of scenic woodland and the brilliant architectural landscape of Frederick Law Olmstead’s D.W. Field Park in Brockton, MA.? The Museum also has an award-winning 21,000 square foot building, sculpture garden, courtyards, and nature trails (like Caroline’s Pathway).

Entrance to the FCM
Entrance to the FCM



In the sculpture garden
View from inside the museum



All at the same time

I’ve not seen the show Shinique Smith:Firsthand — at LACMA through mid-July — and probably won’t make it to LA before it closes, but this work stopped me in my tracks. It feels like the convergence of old and new, random and designed, structured and soft — all at the same time.

This sculpture reminds me of so many things I love (texture, clothing, form, painting, organization, pattern) which, on the surface, don’t really seem related. But when I look at the sculpture, I’m reminded that these things are related — and it’s my job as an artist, to figure out how.

Shinique Smith at LACMA

Shinique Smith, "Swaying Beauty"




Susan Rothenberg, The Master, 2008

“In the paintings where it’s there—the tenderness—I work for it. I’m not afraid of it. If I could put my bleeding f*cking heart in there, I would.”

Susan Rothenberg explains how she transforms personal experiences and feelings into works that can become an “emotional moment” for the viewer.

Rothenberg talks about her work in this video from ART 21 on PBS.

Susan Rothenberg

Subtle and Tender

Diebenkorn's Ocean Park no. 26

Richard Diebenkorn’s series titled Ocean Park is a testament to the true nature of making abstract work. Achieving this level of balance in painting takes time and fearlessness.

Layer after layer, although the artist didn’t know how the paintings in this series would look in the end – he proceeded and trusted that the images would evolve.

The work in this series needs time to get to know. It’s time that I happily give because the composition, mark-making and colors keep me circling back to want to look, again and again…

Watch this video of Sarah Bancroft, who curated an exhibit of the Ocean Park series, as she talks about Diebenkorn’s work.

Video about Diebenkorn’s Ocean Park Series

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