In March 2016, I was a lucky recipient of a month-long residency at the Sam & Adele Golden Foundation Residency in New Berlin, New York. Home for a few months, I’m still feeling exhilarated by my experience at Golden. My art practice shifted and was renewed by the opportunity to experiment and push my work forward by working with acrylics in ways I hadn’t before.

The residency is in a large converted 3 story red barn. Each artist has their own spacious–yet cozy–bedroom suite with sliding glass doors that open onto grassy (sometimes snowy!) fields and woods. Hiking trails meander through the property. There’s a large kitchen, dining and living room. My fellow residents were Sarajo Frieden and Arpad Forgo, two interesting artists I’m so happy to have met. We each had a large studio to work in and had access to all the products offered by Golden Artist Colors–acrylic paint, gels, pouring mediums, pastes, different grounds, their newish line of Williamsburg Oil Colors and their brand new line of QoR watercolors. While in residence, we were offered technicals (classes) where very knowledgable & helpful technicians instructed us in the use of acrylics, oils, varnishing, pouring, faux tools, watercolor, etc. For a sample of what we learned, visit the Golden website which is full of great resources and videos.

While in residence, I experimented with everything in the paint room! Some materials I played with, I’d never seen in art supply stores have potentially have opened my work up to new directions. My sincere gratitude and appreciation to Barb, Emma, and Mark Golden, the art technicians who taught us so much and the employee owners of Golden Artist Colors. It was a thrill to tour the plant and meet the people who make, bottle and label the tubes and jars of paint I’ve used (and will continue to use) for many years. If you’re an artist, I recommend applying!!

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