I'm at Anderson Ranch, taking a class with an artist I greatly admire, Enrique Chagoya. Enrique Chagoya was born in Mexico City. His work has been shown nationally and internationally and he is currently a Professor at Stanford University. He is teaching a class on Monotypes. The term "monotype" is defined as a "printed drawing or printed painting" that is not a multiple but a unique image printed from a flat surface.
This is my first yeart at Anderson Ranch and it's quite an experience. Anderson Ranch is located in Snowmass Village, Colorado. "Anderson Ranch is a place like no other. Artists come for the faculty of renowned artists and gifted instructors and the supportive community that encourages experimentation and growth," explains the website. I am having a wonderful time here and enjoying the hot blazing sun, the rustic ranch, the delicious dinners, and the nightly lectures by artist from all over the country. So far, I've heard lectures by two artists and I've been blow away. Check them out! They are Gary Simmons and Wangechi Mutu, an artist from Kenya who now lives in Brooklyn.
I feel great to be here to spend time on my own work. Here is some of the stuff I've been developing - works in progress.
Above: This is my llama/horse.
Above: This is one of my favorites.
While I'm here, I feel really artistically open and experimental. I feel free of boundaries and inspired by other people in the class, as well as my instructor. I also get loads of help from the interns. As a professional artist, I find this time to be tremendously valuable to my practice - something that keeps me evolving.