Monday, November 23, 2015

Awaiting Approval

After it's officially approved, I will add a layer of epoxy for that shiny, luxe finish.

Sunday, November 22, 2015


I drafted up a thumbnail and a palette study for my current commission and many changes were made after speaking with my client. We decided to nix the gold and magenta and keep things simple: grays, lavenders, whites and a tiny bit of blue were favored. My painting surfaces were delivered to my studio shortly after, so I was happily able to get an earlier start than I had planned. Here is the progress I have made. I'm laughing now at how unlike the sketches the paintings have turned out to be. Not in a bad way, of course.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Calls to Artists: 11-19-2015

Final Call!
•The City of Memphis
 and the UrbanArt Commission are seeking proposals from artists for a mural project on the Memphis Heritage Trail, to be executed at the corner of S. Main Street and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue. The final installation should occur in early Summer 2016 as a precursor to the first phase of the proposed trail. The mural should support the trail’s promotion of the City of Memphis’ rich African-American history and cultural heritage, as well as economic revitalization and sustainable growth of the area. The deadline to submit proposals is Nov. 20Read more and submit…

MCA alumnus Adam Farmer will be accepting submissions for the holiday artist market, Glitchmas. Artists may bring work that is ready to hang to Glitch, 2180 Cowden Ave., on Dec. 5–6 between the hours of 1–5 p.m. each day. The actual market will take place Friday, Dec. 11 from 6–10 p.m. Read more...

•Professor Maritza D├ávila is seeking submissions for the next James Lee House exhibition. Senior students, faculty and alumni from MCA are especially encouraged to submit, as well as any artist creating 2-D work in any medium. To submit work for this exhibition, e-mail 5 images per entry, a short biography and artist statement to by Dec. 15. 

•The ArtWorks Foundation has teamed with Overton Square in Memphis to host the 2nd Annual Art Squared FestivalApril 22–24, 2016. Artists working in glass, metal, fiber, clay, wood, as well as found objects, jewelry and 2-D are invited to apply. Applications will undergo a juried review and 60 artists will be invited to exhibit and sell their work at the festival. Application deadline is January 10, 2016. Read more and submit...

•The San Luis Obispo Museum of Art in California is seeking artists to submit work for their Blue Marble: National Juried Exhibition, on view at the museum June 3–July 31. Submissions will be juried by Patricia Watts, and work in all mediums will be considered. The theme of the show is the planet Earth, and first through third place winners from the exhibition will receive cash prizes. The exhibition is open to all artists 18+ years of age living within the United States, and the deadline to apply is March 19, 2016. Read more and submit…

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Commission Journey

My fantastic art rep and kickass decorator, Christian Nelius of Anno Domini Memphis, recently commissioned a diptych from me for a room she's designing for her clients. This will be an exciting one for me- creating two pieces to go side by side, keeping the color palette minimal with aquas, grays, lavenders, gold, magenta, and chartreuse, and applying a glossy surface on top for that glam luxe factor.

I'm going to look to Flemish and Renaissance portrait paintings for inspiration and research new and exciting patterns.

I plan to create some thumbnails, sketches, and color studies tonight and will post updates of my journey as things progress. Stay tuned, m'dears!

Mood board by Christian Nelius

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Brooks Holiday Artist Market

Come see me at the Brooks Holiday Artist Market! There will be original works for purchase, greeting cards, and maybe a few surprises! Wish me luck.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Opening Tonight

Come see some new(ish) works by Jesse Nabers Alston and myself and enjoy 25% all home goods (excluding original artwork) at Nabers Interiors on Broad.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Color Study: Art by Chloe York and Jesse Nabers Alston

When: Friday, November 6 at 5:00pm

Where: Nabers Interiors
            2665 Broad Ave
            Memphis, TN 38112

Join us during the Broad Avenue Fall Art Walk for an art show featuring local artists Chloe York and Jesse Nabers Alston. Not only will we have great original artwork on display, but we will also have an all day 25% off sale on all Nabers Interiors store merchandise. Stop by to shop anytime of the day from 10 - 7 or drop by to meet the artists from 5 - 7

*Sale excludes original artwork

Event Page

Monday, October 26, 2015

Riverblood Magazine

I'm very excited about this one. Artist Brittany Vega (whose work is pretty rad; go look at it) is starting up an arts publication called Riverblood Magazine, which will feature artists of the Mid-South and I'm honored to be featured in the first issue coming out in December.

There will a short feature about me and my work and I also plan on submitting a little "day-in-the-life" journal entry to take readers through my studio practice (or lack thereof at the moment) but I promise to try and make it interesting. 

We are in the process of moving into our first house, which means a new studio space for me. Once things settle down, I will be back in action. I have some shows coming up but haven't quite gotten back into my old routine or made any new paintings. Anyway, I'll keep you posted.

Friday, October 23, 2015

A Few More Opportunities

Courtesy of the TN Arts Commission.

Visit this link to learn more:

Calls to Artists: 10-23-2015

•ArtsMemphis, Crosstown Arts and UrbanArt Commission (UAC) are planning a series of professional development events and workshops to provide artists with greater resources and opportunities for growth in 2016. They are requesting that visual artists share some of their experiences as an artist and the topics that would be most beneficial by taking a brief survey. All survey participants will be entered to win an iPad mini.

•Crosstown Arts is seeking work for their upcoming exhibition Mi Sur/My South, a survey of Latino and Latina artists living and working in Memphis. This exhibition is part of the efforts of Centro Cultural (a Latina/o cultural center based at Caritas Village) to survey and document the artistic life and production of Latina/os in Shelby County. To this end, the Centro is additionally working to compile an Artist Registry that would include not only visual artists but all creative disciplines. The deadline to submit work is Monday, Oct. 26. Read more and submit…

•ArtsMemphis will host two informational sessions regarding their ArtsAccelerator grant awarded to five different artists each year. The award amount has increased to $5,000 per artist. Artists applying must be residents of Shelby County. The first session is Monday, Oct. 19 starting at 5:30 p.m. at Crosstown Arts, 430 N. Cleveland St. The second will take place Wednesday, Oct. 28 at the Memphis Slim House, 1130 College St., starting at 5:30 p.m. Read more...

•Tennessee Craft (formerly TACA), in partnership with the Tennessee Arts Commission, is offering an opportunity for emerging makers to learn traditional and contemporary craft skills from master-level craftsmen through their 2015–2016 Master Artist/Apprentice Program (MAAP). Applications, to be completed together by master and artist, are available now until October 31, 2015. A jury panel will then select program participants. Eligible craft media includes basketry, clay, fiber/textiles, furniture, glass, jewelry, metal, 2D and 3D mixed media, paper, printmaking, sculpture and wood. Apprenticeships will last from December 1, 2015 through June 15, 2016 with a final exhibition to be held at the Tennessee Arts Commission Gallery in the Fall of 2016. Read more and apply…

•Crosstown Arts' application period for their studio residency program is now open. Artists may apply for all three of their studio residency sessions for 2016. The deadline to apply is Oct. 31Read more and apply...

Friday, October 16, 2015

Fail Friday: No Motivation

"I haven't painted in over three weeks. I just come home from my day job and crash on the sofa surrounded by piles of things I need to clean and pack for our move next week. I feel like a failure for not making the balance work. I can only imagine how hard it will be to manage everything I want to accomplish after I become a parent."

-Chloe York

Thursday, October 8, 2015

A Work in its New Habitat

Room decorated by Amy Howard

I am loving this room's color palette and the way the pinks work with the blue patterned wallpaper and those pillows. I never got to meet the clients or the designer of the space, but I am thrilled that they chose my work to hang in this room for their children. I hope it brings them great joy.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Big News

"Meet Quincy Velociraptor Quick (real name to be announced in a few months), our latest and greatest collaboration! Due April 2016" -Eric Quick
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So I'm 12 weeks along now and we heard the little heartbeat yesterday at the doctor's office. This is why I've been a little MIA recently. I have had a pretty easy pregnancy so far. Very little nausea, but lots of fatigue. Growing a little baby is hard work! But I'm told my energy will return very soon and then I'll be back in the studio! Keep checking in for updates.


Here is "Quincy" now!

Monday, October 5, 2015

Very Different Commission

Here is something I made a few days ago to put some color in a client's dining room. The budget was extremely limited and the size of the piece needed to be large, so high labor costs were out of the question. I hardly ever work this way. I'm very meticulous and detail oriented, so it was nice to play with a surface like this and work more quickly than I'm used to.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Happy October!

Enjoy this BB8 replica made from two pumpkins by Eric Quick at Mid-South Effects!