Monkeying Around in the Studio


artdc Gallery is having a show called Red. Work must be 70% or more red. It's a tough color for me so I appreciated the challenge. More details soon.

Joker Monkey (All Hail the King)

A Portrait of Restraint


A new one, 42 x 30 inches. Really getting into adding metal through the canvas.

The Joys of a Studio Cat


Misty follows me almost everywhere. She doesn't mind the music I listen to (except Trent Reznor) or the charcoal dust in the air. She watches me paint. She jumps up in my lap as soon as I sit down for a break or to think about my next move on a canvas. God, I love this cat.

Save the Date: Mathematics, Maps, and Myths Exhibits


One Exhibit, Two Places, Two Receptions: I'll be showing with the amazingly talented Joan Belmar at two wonderful venues this fall. I hope you have a chance to stop by!

A Short History of Romance

October 10 – November 10, 2013
Adah Rose Gallery
Reception Saturday, October 12, 6:30-8:30pm
3766 Howard Ave, Kensington, MD 20895

October 19 – 27, 2013
Studio 1469
Reception Saturday, October 19, 6:30-8:30pm
1469 Harvard St NW Rear, Washington, DC

about the artists

Lori Anne Boocks

Lori Anne Boocks is the keeper of stories. The passage of time creates layers of experience through the remembering, misremembering, and forgetting of stories. Each of these moments are important influences on her painting and thinking. In her newest work, text continues to serve as both subject matter and the basis for mark-making. Texture for each piece comes from her hands, brushwork, and a subtractive process where layers of poured washes are added to the surface, then partially removed with cloth. Her exploration of stories hinges on the juxtaposition of multiple directions of depth, including time, space, mathematics, and meaning.

Lori Anne Boocks earned a BFA from Old Dominion University in 1992. She has had solo exhibitions at Sitar Arts Center, Studio Gallery and the Delaplaine Visual Arts Center. She has also shown at BlackRock Center for the Arts, MAXgallery in Baltimore, artdc and the Maryland Federation of Art. She was a semi-finalist in the 2012 Bethesda Painting Awards, awarded a Living Gallery Residency at the Annmarie Arts Center in 2011 and won a first place award at the Festival of the Arts in Portsmouth, VA. This is her second show with Adah Rose Gallery.
Joan Belmar

In his recent paintings “Territories,” Joan explores psychological and political perspectives through the universality of maps. The series, based on maps from his native Chile, pay homage to the indigenous people who are so rarely referenced in anthropology and cartography. Finding himself suspended between the personal and universal as he rediscovered the maps of his childhood, Joan utilizes symbols, colors, drawings, grids, dots, and lines to search for freedom in a structured world. His works reference a time in our past that is impossible to recreate, but important to remember.

Joan Belmar was born in Santiago, Chile and emigrated to Spain where he began to paint professionally. Joan moved to Washington DC in 1999. In 2003 he was granted permanent residency in the U.S. based on extraordinary artistic merit. Joan has shown internationally and in Washington, D.C. at the Washington Project for the Arts, the American University Museum, Charles Krause Reporting, Addison Ripley, the World Bank, and was also a Mayor's Award Finalist in 2007 as an outstanding emerging artist. In 2009 the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities awarded him an Artist Fellowship Grant and in 2010 and 2013 he was awarded an Individual Artist grant in Painting from the Maryland Arts Council. This is his second show with Adah Rose Gallery.

Chesapeake Love Poem


Working in a variety of sizes these days, and some of these pieces are small and quiet, with rusted wire sewn through the canvas.

Chesapeake Love Song

Chesapeake Love Poem is open to a few interpretations, maybe love for the bay itself or for the environment in general. Or maybe love for a person connected with that area: a summer romance or a bond that's stood the test of decades. The thin wires sewn at slightly different angles horizontally echo waves of water. They also help mask the words and stand for self-imposed edits or private thoughts.
Swarm (Dreaming of Bees)
Swarm uses honey-like colors and pays homage to honeycomb-building bees and mysterious math they use in construction and flight that we still not fully understand. It also hints about strategies and tactical calculations we humans make, particularly as we consider Syria.

Six Ways to Sunday
Six Ways to Sunday is about childhood memories as a girl growing up in a Southern Virginia rural culture and the different connections I have to that world.