Collaboration in Abstraction
since 2007 with seven fellow Albuquerque artists
- we call ourselves
click on the links
below for our
most recent projects
February 15 &
March 26 - Follow your Muse
4 - Unexplored Media
November 2 - Yupo paper
September 28 Sepia Ink
August 3 Masks
March 30 Thiebaud
November 25 -
September 29 -
June 9 -
Postcard for a show at the First Unitarian Church we had in 2013:
February 24 -
April 7 -
December 2, 2012 Heritage
September 30, 2012 Nature's Patterns II
2012 Nature's Patterns I
July 8, 2012 Floral abstraction
May 26, 2012 - Calligraphy
February 5, 2012 -
October 2, 2011 -
2011 -more Design Simplicity II
July 3, 2011
-Design Simplicity I
May 22, 2011 "Fractured II"
April 10, 2011 "Fractured"
March 6, 2011 "Still Life" Opposite Handed +
16, 2011 "Opposite-Handed + 2 in. minimum brush"
5, 2010 "Negative Space"
17, 2010 "Personal Icon or Inspiration"
22, 2010 "Extreme NM Icon"
2010 "Extreme Color Landscape"
June 13, 2010 "Junk"
Jaci Fischer, Gaye Garrison, Betsy Greenlee, Rod
Groves, Leila Hall,
Jeff Potter, Elaine Scott and F. G. Yost
It is hard to find anyone engaged in creative
activity who hasnít experienced burnoutóthose discouraging periods when
nothing works and you wonder why you didnít take your fatherís advice
and go to law school. Our group was brought together by a mutual
acknowledgement of this debilitating feeling. As we discussed possible
solutions to the burnout problem, we discovered that we also shared an
interest in exploring ways to push ourselves beyond our usual
representational work toward greater abstraction. We decided to meet
every six weeks to share the outcomes of our independent efforts on an
agreed-upon project and to decide what the next project would be.
The projects have been fun and the outcomes
exciting. All of us have different styles and painting interests. Our
preferred mediums are equally varied. At our meetings we never fail to
be surprised and excited by what has been produced. And we discovered an
added plus. As we sit around the large table in Jaci and Fredís studio,
usually with a bottle or two of wine and assorted veggies and snacks, we
find in each other and in our friendship both the reassurance to
undertake new things and a renewal of energy and enthusiasm. Certainly
a great deal of the latter has been derived from the challenge of our
projects and the work we have generated, but much comes as well from
being a group of artist friends who enjoy each other and an opportunity
to talk about everything from the latest gallery openings to the value
of new painting surfaces and interesting painting styles. And weíre not
afraid to offer critiques and suggestions but all couched in mutual
respect and friendship. What can be as stimulating as human
In the beginning we had no intention of exhibiting
our work publicly, but we have found our collaboration so stimulating
and productive that we decided to share our work and process with other
artists and persons generally who are interested in the world of art and
the process of struggle and creativity. Our exhibit is intended to
show examples of each personís interpretation of some of the various
projects we have undertaken. It conveys much of the diversity of our
efforts and in doing so may suggest the kind of excitement and fun it
has awakened in us.
PLEASE VISIT THE
INDIVIDUAL ARTIST WEB SITES TOO - see hyperlinks on their name
Jaci Fischer received her masters
in drawing and design and has since branched out into pastels and
jewelry along with furniture design.
is a well
recognized pastelist who was a former president of the Pastel Society of
is an award winning printmaker and
pastel artist, and also a signature member and former president of the
Pastel Society of New Mexico.
Rod Groves prefers to work in
acrylic and has been a frequent exhibitor and sometimes award winner in
local and regional juried exhibitions. .
Leila Hall is a
signature member of the Pastel Society of New Mexico with several awards
for large and miniature works.
Jeff Potter is a regionally
known artist who paints both large and small landscapes in pastel, oil
and watercolor and is past president of the New Mexico Rio
Grande Art Association. Elaine Scott is a prolific artist who
works with all media and is a committed abstractionist.
F. G. Yost says heís an old-timer but is a well-known figure in the New
Mexico art world who finds enjoyment in discovering new ways to create
paintings and other art objects that make him feel young again.