Ten years ago this month I came home from an art class at The University of Utah to find a message on my answering machine, yes a machine….. from a lady in Santa Fe asking me if I was still painting? and letting me know that she was opening a gallery in Santa Fe and was interested in my work!!!!! I was thrilled beyond words.. I returned the phone call to Karla Winterowd! She saw a post card that I sent out the year before when one of my paintings was juried into “The Show” at The New Mexico Museum of Art by Susan Rothenberg. Karla kept the post card with the idea.. someday..when I open my own gallery, I am going to call this artist… Karla wanted to see the surface of my paintings and what they looked like in person so I sent her a small 12X12 piece that I titled “Introduction”, Fortunately for me she liked it and took me on as her first artist. In those ten years I have had six solo exhibitions, participated in group shows, Canyon Road Paint Outs, Passport To The Arts Quick Draw and Auction, Art Fairs in NYC, Chicago and Seattle as well as Parade of Homes Installations and Art Feast Home Tours.
I moved to Santa Fe in 2006 a dream of mine since the 80’s…. I am so happy to be a part of this vibrant, stimulating art community
One of the great treasures of the gallery/artist relationship that Karla models so well is the studio visit! So many times over the years Karla has encouraged, supported and offered feedback directly from collectors. She had been a wonderful guiding force in building and sustaining my art career. In addition she is a playful ,funny ,mad business woman extraordinar.
I recently created a coffee table book for the gallery from my own compilation of ten years of photographs of events and travels. I was so deeply touched by the friendship and kindness but particularly by how we impact each other’s lives. Had Karla not saved the post card… had I not gotten the voice message. so many turning points in one’s life hinge on a gossamer thread of what if……