Posts Tagged ‘washington d.c.’

Artist of the moment……..Florence Miller Pierce



Florence Miller Pierce was an American painter renown for her abstract style and use of innovative materials. Florence Melva Miller was born in the year 1918. She was one of few married women to keep her maiden name. She took the last name of Pierce only after her husband had passed away.

As a teenager Pierce studied with an artist who was very focused on Modernism, Mary Ashton. Later she would attended the Corcoran School of Art located in Washington, D.C.

The artist was one of the first to incorporate the use of resin in her art. She was always experimenting with new materials and produced works that included styrofoam, balsa wood, fiberglass, and cement.

Florence Miller was one of the two women artists (Agnes Pelton was the other) who were part of the Trancendentalist Painting Group based out of Taos, New Mexico.

Florence Miller Pierce passed away in 2007.

Price range information:  Sorry none available.





Artist of the moment………Gene Davis


Gene Davis was an American artist renown for his style of abstract painting using vertical lines. Gene Davis was born in the nations capital of Washington D.C. in the year 1920.

The artist attended Maryland University and after college began a career as a writer. He covered local sports teams and also presidents Roosevelt and Truman. Davis was often a poker playing friend of Truman.

In this clip we see the artist at work from a longer documentary on Gene Davis:

Over his career the artist did many public works in and around Washington D.C.

Davis spent many years teaching at the Corcoran School of Art.

Gene Davis passed away in 1985 at the age of 64 years of age.

Davis’ artwork is included in the collection of the Smithsonian American Art Institute and the Corcoran Gallery of Art both located in Washington D.C. and the Guggenheim located in New York City.

Price range information: The artist worked in many mediums including pastel and lithography which start at $5,000. Original works in acrylics can reach $150,000.

If I were to compare his work to another artist it would be Barnett Newman.


Artist of the moment……Howard Mehring


Howard Mehring was born in the year 1931. Mehring is associated with the Washington Color Field School.

For his artistic education Mehring attended Wilson’s Teacher’s College earning a bachelors degree. Mehring also attended the  Catholic University American National Institute for the Arts and Letters, located in Washington D.C. where he studied under Kenneth Noland.

Mehring painted in an abstract manner with loose brushwork before switching to a more hard edged style of painting.

Mehring is included in the Museum of Modern Art and the Corcoran Gallery of Art.

Howard Mehring passed away in 1978.

Price range information: Works range from $5,000 to $40,000. The artist worked with oils and acrylics sometimes using a special magna acrylic paint.




Artist of the moment….Leon Berkowitz

Leon Berkowitz was associated with the Washington D.C. Color Field painters. Leon Berkowitz was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in the year 1911. For his collegiate education Berkowitz attended the University of Pennsylvania. In addition Berkowitz took classes at New York City’s famed Art Student’s League.

Berkowitz participated in World War 2 as part of the Army.

Professor at the Corcoran Gallery School of Art.

First wife was a poet named Fox.

The works in the gallery are mainly from the artist’s later years. He spent a few years in Europe and this is where he developed his works that deal with color and soft and dappled light.

The artist passed away in 1987.

price range information: Works range from $3,000 to $15,000.


Here is a work of art I made for my Grandfather!

My Grandpa Hoffman was supposed to be on an Honor Flight to Washington D.C. to visit the Memorial. I don’t know if he will be allowed to go as he was supposed to leave this Sunday. I made this card for him out of paper collage, my favorite medium.

Grandpa was a tail gunner and we grandkids are very excited for him to be honored and hope he still gets to go on his trip!


Artist of the moment……Jacob Kainen

Jacob Kainen was an American artist born in the year 1901 in the city Waterbury, Connecticut. Kainen would experiment with both realist and abstract painting, but its his abstract works with basic geometric shapes he is associated with for the most part. The artist was one of three children and the family came to the United States from Russia. In 1918 the Kainen family relocated to New York City.

Kainen was a very smart individual finishing high school at the age of sixteen years old. As he was too young to begin college Kainen enrolled at New York City’s famed Art Student’s League. During this period he honed his drawing skills. Kimon Nicolaides was a key mentor and you may even have read a book of his. This book is in my permanent collection as its chock full of tips on drawing the human figure.


Eventually Kainen enrolled at Pratt Institute. He didn’t get along well as he disagreed with their ideas, he was far more modern in his color use and ideas than the institution. Kainen left school before he received a degree. After leaving school he became immersed in abstract expressionism.

Kainen was a lifelong student copying master works from the age of 10 and throughout his career. He found it key in an artist’s development to study those that paint or draw the same subject matter better than they do.

Kainen was a participant in the United States program the Works Progress Administration.

Spent many years as a curator at the Smithsonian Institute. The Smithsonian also includes the artist in their own collection.

Kainen also enjoyed boxing as a participant and as a fan.

A link to the website of Jacob Kainen:

I enjoy reading about artists who have outstanding collections, like American realist painter, Jeffrey Watts and his collection that includes paintings by Nicholai Fechin. Jacob Kainen enjoys collecting the style of the German Expressionist painters.

Kainen was based out of Washington D.C. and was associated with the Washington Color Field painters group.

price range information: Many works priced between $5,000 and $35,000.


Artist of the moment…….Street artist legend Cool Disco Dan….

Cool Disco Dan was one of the original street artists working in the District of Columbia area. His government name is Dan Hogg and he was born on December 31, 1969. His tag “Cool Disco Dan” has been sprayed all across the District of Columbia.

Started performing graffiti art in 1985.

Cool Disco Dan is included in the book Free Agents, which has to do with street art in the nations capital.

Included in the Corcoran Museum of Art.

His work can be seen in motion pictures.

In this clip a segment from a full length documentary featuring the artist.

In this clip a very informal interview with Disco Dan

A new documentary is out now titled the Legend of Cool Disco Dan.

Sorry, no price range information available. Occasionally he will produce a t-shirt design, but demand quickly takes up supply so no pricing available.

Its amazing to see how much street and graffiti art has evolved since Cool Disco Dan’s humble beginnings in the 1980s. Now we see many street artists that have great drawing and painting skills such as Swoon. Its nice to see how Cool Disco Dan got the ball rolling by tagging everything in sight!