2016 Peto Biennial
2016 Peto Biennial: International Juried Art Exhibition of Contemporary Still Life and Trompe l’Oeil brings together nearly 70 original 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional works by notable living artists from across the United States and as far away as Belgium, Greece, and Romania. This exhibition and competition celebrates the legacy of John Frederick Peto (1854-1907), the renowned 19th century American still life artist and master of trompe l’oeil (French for ‘fool the eye”) painting.
I like to paint fragments I can trace it as far back as when I went college. But it really took hold in 2009 when I was able to go to Pompeii for six weeks. I was part of a college archaeological dig. I am painting fragments that look both fresh and new and also show some ravages of time and place. I want the series that I have started to be both fragments and show the wear of time.