Sunday, April 16, 2017

Back to Nature Painting Collaboration

Dear Art Lover,
     It is not often that I have created a work of art with another artist.  But my friend and colleague Jean-Antoine Norbert, a man I know from art school in Florence, Italy, left for America back in 2014, and left some of his painting studies with me.  One portrait of a man had a splashy background of bright red; no doubt a sign of Jean-Antoine’s longing to break away from the school’s dreary dark green backgrounds for all figurative work. 
     I set this painting up in my studio so that I would pass it occasionally, keeping the image in the back of my mind, slowly developing an idea for him.  Even in the small Tuscan village I live in, the grown-ups complain that the young adults may sit together at a table in the local hangout, but they are not often interacting with one another.  Instead, they are each separately engrossed in their phones conversing with someone who knows where.  It is not a new idea to suggest that we not only have lost our manners, but are voluntarily giving up our social quality of life as human beings.
     Earlier this year, I began to paint on top of Jean-Antoine’s study.  The title of this painting says it all for the glazed and almost hypnotized expression in this man’s portrait. Where IS he mentally?  “(Must Get) Back to Nature” is an expressed desire to reconnect with our Earth and ourselves.  In the language of symbols, butterflies often are a sign of transition.  And who does not love a hummingbird? (They were Jean-Antoine’s suggestion that I readily embraced.)  Hummers also represent speedy movement, perhaps Nature’s counterpoint to today’s technology.  And artists may appreciate the number in the UPC code.

This work is available for $1800.
Back 2 Nature Mixed Media Collaboration Painting Technology Golden Mean

“(Must Get) Back to Nature”
21 x 16 inches
Mixed Media Painting by
Jean-Antoine Norbert and Kelly Borsheim
Copyright 2014 - 2017

Please contact me if you would like to add any of this or any other Borsheim artwork to your collection.

If you would like to see more of Jean-Antoine’s art, please visit his site at:

     I will be leaving Texas in less than a week and traveling to Florida to help my baby sister celebrate her marriage.  After that, I will be traveling to see more family in North Carolina and Virginia before arriving at Don Elliott’s Franklin Barry Gallery on Monday, May 15.  I hope to see you there, or later in Austin, Texas, for a visit [see event information below].

Monday, May 15, 2017:  Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
The Franklin Barry Gallery aka The Frame Shop, Indianapolis [normal gallery hours 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.]; 617 Massachusetts Avenue, Indianapolis, Indiana  46204;  Tel.  317.822.8455
Friday and Saturday, May 19-20, 2017:  Austin, Texas
Rue Artsier presents LiberArte event spettacolo!
Friday, May 19, 2017   from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Saturday, May 20  from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where:  615 W. 7th St., 8th Floor, Austin, Texas 78701

Lists of artists:
Luis Rico- Mexico
Adrian Moraru- Moldova
Leandro Klapputh- Buenos Aires
Maria Fotaki- Greece
Denis Chernov- Moscow
Kelly Borsheim. Austin & Italia

I hope to see you!



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