Resume

Art Resume – recent fine art + craft projects

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2016

2015

  • Participated in 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge
  • Began fundraising and working on (writing and illustrating) animal kindness book project to be produced next year
  • Striving to create at least 52 new paintings throughout this year (one a week)
  • Created a new series of fabric design available here
  • Began offering customized original drawings for one-of-a-kind handmade leather cowgirl boots. Details here.

2014

  • Created a new body of paintings
  • Published the second volume of 400 drawings “Dream Drawings to Color
  • Moved to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

2013

  • Release of new book: “400 Mornings
  • Participated in a host of prestigious Art Fairs
  • New Body of Paintings
  • Initiated work on next book of 400 drawings

2012

Summer
Showing Felted decorative and functional pieces in top tier regional art shows including:

  • Lower Town Art Fair – Paducah, KY (Award of Excellence)
  • Ann Arbor Original Art Fair, Ann Arbor, MI
  • AFB Woodland Art Fair, Lexington, KY
  • Art in Speed Park – (Merit Award)

2011

Began studying the art of felting.

April – Began creating a body of felted work to go back out into the world of art shows!

2004 – 2011

Moved to Kentucky. Got horses. Became deeply involved in equine management and rescue. Digital designwork increased. Began focusing on horses in my creative output, paintings mostly.

1999 – 2004

HappyArt

Continued with the fine craft on the national level through the same high-end venues. Added digital design to the career to save my hands.

1989 – 1999

Martoons

Sold fine craft at outdoor art fairs from Wisconsin to Florida. Proceeded to sell work at ACC and Rosen fine craft shows selling a variety of items from hand cut aluminum ornaments on to carved wooden lamps. My work, though ever-evolving in media has always been cartoony, colorful and optimistic. No exceptions.

A Couple Select Awards

Most recent:

  • 2012, three ribboned and cash awards at summer art shows
  • Guest Blogger – Creativity – Dr Greene blog – international blog
  • 2010 Alltech A+ International Videography World Equestrian Games

More:

Through the years I have been lucky enough to have garnered attention from juries and won miscellaneous awards for all kinds of creative output It is always an honor to be so recognized – but I hope you agree it is an even higher one to have a piece be selected by each and every person who has ever bought from me to add to into his or her life or to give as a gift. This is something for which I am always grateful. Other Projects: I currently write two blogs (HappyArt.com, LittleHorseBIGtrip.com ) Coauthored a book with one of my dogs “CANS: The Life’s Work of an Optimistic Dog”. Wrote and illustrated “HapiLani: The Natural History of a Dreamland” both in 2010. Personal Mission Statement: To add smiles onto the globe.

Books

All available on amazon.com

  • 400 Mornings
  • Dream Drawings
  • Cans: The Life’s Work of an Optimistic Dog
  • Who’s Who in Equine Compassion
  • HapiLani: The Natural History of a Dream Land

Shows

Shows prior to events listed above:

2005

October

Open Studio (“HapiLani Redux”) at Lexington Art Center’s Loudan House 4th Friday Event

July

Equine Portraiture

Melanee Cooper Gallery, 740 Frankline, Chicago, IL

 2004

September

Published first “perzine” (personal zine) in cartoon form called:

HappyArt.Com/ix Vol. 1, No. 1 – “Moving to Kentucky!”

July

Moved to Kentucky

July

HapiLani Revisited (More work like below)

Melanee Cooper Gallery, 740 N. Franklin, Chicago, IL

 2003

March

“Fragments From Elsewhere – Other Wordly Curiosities” – Saville Gallery, Cumberland, MD. Opens March 8th. A solo show of the ‘findings’ I have made as a discoverer of a different world. Sculpture, paintings, drawings, assemblages and other ‘artifacts’ from my journey.

 July

HapiLani (Similar to above)

Melanee Cooper Gallery, 740 N. Franklin, Chicago, IL

 

2002

 Big Idea

A sequential web based art show in which I painted one painting a day for about 160 days during the first half of the year. See all here on my site.

 

2001

Focused on illustration and animation for greeting card companies and amazon.com


2000

January

New York Internation Gift Fair – NYC – January

1999

January

HandMade – New York Int’l Gift Fair, Jan. 30-Feb 3. George Little Management, Javitts Center Pavillion, New York, NY. Booth #9127 As “Martoons”, Showed latest fine craft and accessories.

 March

Creative Workshop on a beach in the Southern Philippines with a German greeting card company, Perleberg. A wonderful invitational experience in which a collective of artists from all over the world were generously treated to a creative frenzy! Archie Perleberg, the owner of the company, sponsors this endeavor as a means to getting the freshest designs from the most relaxed artists on earth!

 June

“Licensing ’99!” – The international licensing show. June 8-10, as MARTI! Avanstar/Expocon Group. Javitts Center, New York, NY. Showed 2 & 3-dimensional illustrations, characters and fully developed concepts to manufacturers, publishers and entertainment industry executives.

August

HandMade – New York. As “Martoons”, showed latest fine crafts and accessories

October

International BookFair, Frankfurt, Germany. Showed paintings and illustrations in the artist’s section.

 

1998

 January

 HandMade – New York. Showed wooden lamps, accessories and poetry reliefs.

 May

 Portfolio Presentation Open House. Sponsored by the Graphic Artists’ Guild – Chicago Chapter. The Three Arts Building. Chicago, IL. Showed my portfolio of cartoon-y fun.

 June

“Licensing ’98!”. Introduced “The Happy Noodlers” and other characters.

 July

ACC Chicago, showed wooden sculptures and lamps.

 August

HandMade – New York Int’l Gift Fair, showed lamps, poetry signs and clocks.

 

1997

January

HandMade – New York Int’l Gift Fair. Showed wooden lamps, poetry plaques and happiness shrines.

 February

Buyer’s Market of American Craft – The Rosen Group, Philadelphia. Fine and production American Crafts. Showed mirrors, Happiness Shrines and wall pieces.

 June

SURTEX. Surface and Textile Design show by George Little Management Company. At The Javitts Center, New York, NY. Was featured artist and made a lobby presentation titled “Fear No Surface” in which I painted or created over 30 different permanent surfaces (a 1997 Saturn car, clothing, cans, glass, paper, silk, tiles, etc.).

 August

Handmade – New York Int’l Gift Fair. Lamps, poetry plaques and garden signs.

 September

“Around the Coyote” Art walk – Chicago, IL. The largest art walk of the midwest. Sold paintings and sculpture in my studio.

 October

“Portfolio Open House”, The Puck Building, New York, NY. Sponsored by the Graphic Artists’ Guild, presented an assemblage of portfolio materials, mostly 2-D.

 October

The International Book Fair – Artists section, Frankfurt, Germany. Dealer sold NEW paintings.

 

 1996

January

HandMade – New York Int’l Gift Fair, showed my tin toons, ornaments, garden sticks, and mobiles.

 February

 Buyer’s Market of American Craft – Philadelphia

 March

“Marti!”, Antiquites Gallery, L’Ardeche, France. Solo exhibition of new paintings.

 April

“Neu Von Marti!” (New from Marti!), Scala Gallerie, Hamburg, Germany. Solo exhibition of new paintings.

 August

Handmade – New York Int’l Gift Fair, showed my tin toons; ornaments, Lurch Boxes, mixed media dolls, etc.

 September

 “Around the Coyote” Art Walk. Showed large paintings.

 

 Other Gallery Highlights……

1995

 May

“Neu von Marti!”, Slutsky Gallery, Franfurt, Germany. 30 recent paintings in a solo show.

 September

The Art Car Parade, Chicago, IL. Art cars from around the U.S. were organzied and driven through the Wicker Park neighborhood. Mine was my 1984 Beauville van; painted!

 Summer

“Artes” catalog of art. A major contemporary art catalog throughout Europe; showed one-of-a-kind painted suitcases, next to Picasso lithos and Herring originals.

 January

Hanna Bekker von Rath Gallerie, Frankfurt, Germany. 3 person show. Showed paintings and painted suitcases.

 and…..In January, 1990, I broke into the U.S. national scene by having my firstwholesale booth in the

Buyer’s Market in Coconut Grove, Florida. From there to San Francisco, West Springfield, Miami, Annaheim, Germany, France……lots of places, lots of fun! I have participated in a host of art events that have allowed me to help people smile all over the globe. I am among the lucky ones who has made a living selling my art. And I’m just getting warmed up!

1991 – 1996.…annual creative trips to a tiny enclave outside Frankfurt, Germany, where I made as much art as I could in usually around 3 weeks and left it with my dealer, Norby (Norbert Haun – Dreier Verlag and Galerie), who has sold the work all over Germany, lots of group shows in galleries, and beyond. My first solo show in Germany was in January 1991 and sold out in an evening!

Residencies

Ragdale Fine Art, Lake Forest, IL  – Mixed Media “Natural History of a Happy Land

Blueberry View Artists’ Retreat, St Joseph, MI – Cans – Photography and book collaboration with a dog