One of the questions I hear most often is in regards to the art books that sit on my round coffee table in the studio. I love books and they fill our home and studio and they are a constant source of joy and inspiration for me. While I am in the studio creating I often will take breaks where I stand back and evaluate my work, get a cup of tea or coffee, open a book and take it out into the sun or near the fireplace in the winter,  or even go to my large art journal that is FILLED with color combinations, compositions I love, images of pottery, lines, and forms etc. I find that I tear images out that no longer resonate with me and then add to the growing collection. It can be a struggle to not go to my phone but I know that technology is the place where my momentum and free flowing ideas will instantly halt if I am in the studio to create. To stay in a place of being open creatively I need breaks that don’t involve the digital world.

I wanted to provide you with the art books that are currently on my studio table. 

A Life of Picasso Volume I By John Richardson

Walker Evans American Photographs by Museum of Modern Art

Cecil Beaton

Painting the Head in Oil by John Howard Sanden

Lillian Orlowsky The Signature is in the Work

56 Days in Arles by Halard Francois

Goodbye Picasso by David Douglas Ducan

Italian Journey by Anne Desmet

Elaine and Bill: Portrait of a Marriage | The Lives of Willem and Elaine De Kooning by Lee Hall

100 Girls on Cheap Paper by Tina Berning (Mine was purchased years ago for $25. Wish they would reprint the book)

The Essential Cy Twombly by Nicola Del Roscio

You can find links to all of the books HERE in my Amazon Storefront under Books.


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