Monthly Archives: August 2014

The Artist’s Mind


It’s the waking up that sends me moving
worried that the moment will escape my memory
trivial things annoy my pictures
great things are there if I am
don’t need me, let me need you
weakness is a burden
too many things to do in this life
to be bogged down with unimportant things
a self centered challenge
only need to be lost within the depth
liking the deep-end as the shallow side is so transparent

the mind that is muddy and opaque gives me wonder and want for conversation.

darkness brings peace and silences it
the break that is welcome


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Encaustic 2014

I like this new piece but, it looks  much like other encaustic art… doesn’t say Cucci-Smith. Feels like I stole it from another site. Maybe it looks too good to me… Ha! Maybe that’s it, it looks like someone else’s art that I would say, “Hey that’s awesome?”. Hmmm… what an unusual and awkward thought.  I usually know when my art is good and when it isn’t.  It has nothing to do with opinion, it has to do with art facts.

I had a series of work from the late 1990’s to early 2000’s that was so, so, good.

“Green” Mixed media on paper 2002

It’s hard to work at that pace when life is constantly changing.  Then I did a series of work in 2010 that was mediocre at best, that work sold out.  That’s the series of work I am least proud of, and well, 20 pieces are hanging in South Jersey homes. Ha! Do I laugh at myself for showing the work? Or better yet do I embrace the series, knowing it has led me to a better grouping of work?  Yes, the latter of course.  However, I often cringe in embarrassment when I see that series.  So anyway I have yet to decide what I feel about this piece – I know it does feel, impersonal.

Perhaps it is still UNFINISHED – as usual…. ah the plight of being an artist. My mind is never quiet, that must explain my need to be alone so much.  But, that is another blog- The Artist’s Mind (coming soon).


DNAI sit staring at this piece…
Idea started –  now the waiting.
The all important pause that will decide the evolution of a painting.
The record still spins but the needle hovers above…
I almost don’t want to post the pic…
Layers in art are secretive.
But, the understanding and sharing of it has to happen.
I can’t let the lighthouse win.

This really super cool thing happened to me…

University of The Arts Philadelphia

University of The Arts Philadelphia

I teach art classes to kids during the summer from my studio. Last week I had this really talented boy Lex, take one of my camps for the first time. He just summers down here and when he and his mom came in she asked him to tell me about his “Mom Mom”. He went on to tell me she is a professor at The University of The Arts. I told him that was so cool, as it was where I received my Masters Degree in Art Ed. His mom said they knew that as they read my bio, and told me her name is Barbara Suplee.

There are maybe 3 teachers in my college past that I remember (meaning made an impact on me, I have a select memory); Michael Kendall, color theory teacher at Montclair (deceased), Susan Rodriguez, U of A and Barbara Suplee, U of A . So this was a “cool” moment, It really made my day. Continue reading

Artists and “Other” Artists

photo-8-225x300I have a friend who is also an artist, a very good and rather well known artist. I have been to their studio and home many times. However, they have never seen my studio.

My studio, also known as “The Barn” started as a run down wood carving studio of famed Harry Shourds. I have nursed it back from a dusty, dirty, run down, 275 year old barn, and turned it into a rather well known community place for classes, parties, etc. It also is my studio. I am grateful as this is a special place, a gem, and a dream for any artist who has only a bedroom to work out of. I know what that’s like… we all do. Continue reading





I decided to sign an encaustic commission I have been working on. Thinking, that means it’s complete. I texted my client a few days ago, letting them know it would be finished this week. Doing that always lights the finish fire.

If you’re not familiar with Encaustic, it is a wax medium with oil paint inside. It comes in blocks of various colors and must be melted on a hot plate, iron, or heat gun to paint with. Continue reading


outside barn 2


Yep, we did it! We tried to make one small change and crashed the entire site! Well, I shoud say “I crashed the site!” So please be patient as Jill and I resurrect the blog with a new look and new content. If you missed any of the legacy posts, well shame on you! They have been since relegated to the realm of internet history. Continue reading