Thursday, January 16, 2014

"Always Within Never" - Works by Una Pett

A belated Happy New Year to you. My absence from the blogosphere is due to a superstorm convergence of end of the year holidays, travelling, portrait commission activities, houseguests and (very happily indeed) a wedding in the family.  This week I swept up the pine needles, ate the last gingerbread cookie and started a new painting, so the world has settled back onto its familiar axis.

One of the nicest things about being an artist is getting to know other artists. I've met so many talented and interesting artists through the various art organizations I've been interacting with over the years. One of these groups, The Portrait Society of America, has a program ("The Cecelia Beaux Society") which matches professional artists with other artists in a mentor/mentee relationship. I'm delighted to say that one of my mentees, the painter Una Pett is currently having a solo show entitled "Always Within Never" at The City Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Una is a bold, thoughtful and adventurous painter. After earning her BA in Studio Art from Smith College, Una attended the New York Academy of Art's Graduate School of Figurative Art, where she earned her MFA in Painting. She teaches at the Visual Art Institute in Salt Lake City and has taught at several other schools, including the School of Visual Arts in New York. I first met Una a few years ago while she was a figurative artist painting portraits and her work has evolved into new artistic territories for this show.

A solo exhibit is a major achievement for every artist and I congratulate Una for developing her unique vision into a strong and cohesive body of work. Here are a few of her pieces, taken from her website:

Una writes of her new show: "With this group [of small works] I nervously and excitedly depart from portraiture and the figure, my most familiar subject matter, to explore media, texture, layering and line."

Please do take the time to read her honest and open blog.

The show opened last Saturday, January 11 and runs until February 23, 2014. Congratulations, Una!

For more information about the show and library hours, please visit Una's website or the Salt Lake City Library at