“The Warrior survives the deep waters with her innate will and resilience to overcome her struggle with life. With each ocean current she is vigilant, but is eager to endure what the forceful sea asks of her. Her nature is to be reserved from the rest of the world, so she becomes isolated, and in this solitude she finds life in the darkness of her existence. With that experience, she develops the complexity of her own understanding of self, and she camouflages herself to protect what feels vulnerable and threatening to her core. Riding the waves of transformation, her illusion of brokenness falls away into acceptance. This Warrior’s love and acceptance of self rises from the depths of her soul to grow into the divine light from above. Within that light she nurtures her awakening into forgiveness and compassion for all previously held judgments, and for all those still burdened.” — JR Rapier, Artist Participant for Brushes With Cancer
This Sunday, Sept 29th from 4-10pm Fair Market is hosting Austin’s largest art and beer show benefiting HOPE (Helping Other People Everywhere) projects. I will have works of art on display with ART FOR THE PEOPLE gallery. It’s best to find a ride there - parking is not so available. Food - Ciders - Beer - music and ART. Kids are free!
The Poet’s Death | oil on canvas | 36 x 48 in | $3600 | Available at Keep Contemporary in Santa Fe, NM
Keep Contemporary is voted in the top 3 best galleries in the “Best of Santa Fe” 2019. I’m thrilled to be apart of their collection. They are located at the corner of Marcy St. and Lincoln Ave. downtown Santa Fe. Great people, excellent curation of current art, and in my favorite town!
Celebrating the human form paired with animal heads, especially the jack rabbit, has been my favorite to explore lately. I’m inspired to paint the rabbit as a symbol of fertility. I’m also drawn to explore the Rococo style of painting as it supports feministic qualities of softness and beauty. In this particular series I illustrate stages of a woman’s life, from youthful years, to child bearing to maturing years of wisdom and grace. These works have been so successful, and incredibly enjoyable to paint I feel I will be painting the animal nudes until I’m tired of painting animal nudes! All 3 of these have been sold, thanks to Keep Contemporary in Santa Fe, and Art For The People Gallery in Austin , TX. Stay tuned for my deer series beginning to show this month.
Caught between dimensions, lifetimes and timezones — What’s a soul to do, but dream.
I’m pleased to announce that three of my new paintings have
been invited to show at this national juried competition.
It Was a Beautiful Day
Up, Up and Away
My art represents a personal transformation and a lifelong process of accepting myself. It exists as storytelling. I feel it gets richer as my artistic journey unfolds. I have been asked, “Why do you paint what you do?” At one time, the answer revolved around being intrigued by obscure objects in nature and wanting to pull out the colors and the form into a composition. It was true at the time. But I was also drawn to paint landscapes and driftwood because I knew I could do it. I can recreate the form and the colors and, voilà! What emerged was a painting that I felt good about because it looked like the subject matter. It was somewhat safe from criticism, like the branches extending a certain way, and shadows falling a specific way. My inner critic was in charge of my creativity, but it also helped me develop my skill as an artist. It grounded me and satisfied my ego.
As years pass, and as I complete a painting, a layer of myself is revealed. A re-birthing occurs every time. When I start a new piece, I go through a process. I’m attracted to a vision or an object. My creativity comes through the composition and color. And then I get lost trying to perfect it. I fall into self-doubt about the piece itself, and I sometimes begin to doubt my journey to sustain my life as an artist. But my drive to reveal the final work is strong! I push through, completing the painting, and I love it. I exhale with a fresh appreciation for self-acceptance, and I am nourished to begin the next piece. And the next.
I am exploring new ideas in my work right now, dealing with the human figure and obscure life events that transform us forever. These ideas want to manifest, as if entities themselves. I am bringing them my skill as a painter and giving them an outlet to exist and be seen. They are vulnerable and naked stories of the human condition. Telling them continues to fulfill my journey and purpose as an artist.
Portrait of the artist; photo by Richard Casteel
I am so grateful to announce that my work was selected to be included in the 40th Annual Lubbock Art Festival. This is the largest fine art, fine craft event in West Texas. The event offers visual art, performing art and children’s art for people of all ages. Two of my paintings are part of the Juried Gallery. The Premiere Night will be held Friday, April 13 from 6-9PM. The Festival is open April 14 - 15 at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center. Check for more Information at lubbockartsfestival.org.
I am so grateful to announce that my work was selected to be included in this year's Vignette Art Fair in Dallas, Texas at The Women's Museum Building Fair Park. The general exhibition, containing traditional 2d and 3d works, will be curated by the San Antonio Museum of Art’s Erin K. Murphy. This year's fair will expand upon the successful programming of 2017 to include Virtual, an exhibit dedicated to New Media Art and curated by New Media artist and entrepreneur Jessie Moncrief, and Venture, a showcase of interactive art mediums, such as social practice, installation, and performance art, curated by social-practice artist and curator Dee Lara. We will once again offer Viewpoints, a series of panel discussions with local, female industry leaders, and Vocations, featuring local women-owned businesses. There will be a VIP preview the night of Tuesday, April 10th, from 6-9PM and a public opening on Friday, April 13th, from 7-10PM. Check for more Information at texasvignette.org
I'm so pleased to announce that "Eldorlore" will be gracing the highway skies of Austin. What an honor! Out of 300 submissions 10 artists won the final selections, and 20 artists were given honorable mentions. Throughout 2018, the top 10 selected art will be displayed throughout Austin all year. The Austin Art Board Facebook page announces when billboard art is installed and a map of their specific billboard location.
The holidays are here! Gift the art people in your life with something original and something they love. I have considerably marked down selected works by at least 50% to make your decision a little easier. If you can't decide ask me about gift certificates.
Go to JR Rapier Studio to see what's on sale!
What's up NEXT ...
Join us in Fredericksburg as we open Octoberfest by celebrating my debut at the beautifully curated Dan Pfieffer Gallery, an eclectic gallery with wine bar on Main and Lincoln Streets.
2017 | 30 x 40 in | Acrylic on canvas | $1,450 | On Sale at Art & Soul Design
The driftwood I am drawn to usually has an interesting movement that flows in one direction. A flow, a dance, a life. Adorning my drift with a spring bouquet feels the same as adorning your hair with your favorite spring blossom to celebrate the nymph, a goddess, a "la femme" essence. Because I felt spring in the air I celebrated this flowing drift with flowers, and because Flora Khloris' first showing will be during the ancient-old Roman festival called, The Floralia that typically takes place the last 3 days of April and the first days of May. The last 3 days of April is the Kölner Liste Art Fair. This festival celebrates the goddess Flora