“It’s not a competition, it’s a doorway.”  ― Mary Oliver

“It’s not a competition, it’s a doorway.” ― Mary Oliver

Since painting 4 birds for the Arte de Avian juried show at TCA, in Tubac, I’ve sold all of the paintings and have three more requests for birds. This is an under painting of a cactus wren, I am currently working on, loosely commissioned as a result of the show. I was so very honored to have one of my pieces chosen for the show. I was even more stoked when I saw the caliber of work that was juried in along with mine. When I submitted my pieces I assumed it was a local artist’s exhibition. I was mistaken, it was a national show with artists from 17 states represented.

I hoped it would get my name out there in the community. It did, many of our neighbors and friends had no idea I painted. Not only that, since then I’ve had people come to my studio and out of state visitors reaching out to contact me about my work.  I didn’t win a prize or an honorable mention but the show opened up opportunity I never expected. My piece sold to a local art collector,as did three other bird paintings. If you’ve been hesitant to submit your art in a juried show for fear of rejection, “Feel the Fear and do it anyway!” You never know what opportunities it will open for you.

Cactus wren

Cactus wren


Cactus Wren

Cactus Wren

#6 of 30cactus-wren

The cactus wren is the state bird of Arizona, my new residence. They live in saguaros so they are more rare to see in Tubac, a high desert town.

I am a bit behind on to 30 in 30 challenge this cactus wren is #6 but it should be #13. I am happy with the end result of this painting.

It is available for auction here. check it out, place a bid 🙂

I am happy to say this painting has sold.