Shifting, slipping, sinking, sliding, convulsing, volcanic, explosive, massed…  last night I wrote words describing what powers my art: humanity’s eternal push toward self-determination set within the forces shaping Earth. Mirroring, overlaying, land/human visual metaphors excite the hell out of me. This morning I watch live images of tsunami striking Japan after region’s largest recorded earthquake. Metaphors of earthquake, tsunami for uprisings in Egypt, Libya, the corporate power grab intent on finishing off the US and the rise of everyday folks to hold back the tide pale against the reality of the Earth itself. Who knows if today’s catastrophe is triggered by climate change, but climate change is fully underway, storm coming in.

My heart to Japan and everyone affected by this enormous event.

Solstice

December 21, 2010

122110, 211210… Solstice opens wintery sky to red this year, eclipse burning bright. Then winter takes back its black sky, luminously silver in the special moonlight, our bay air sweetened by storms. Soft solstice night bears the seed of light, the potential of light returning to pull life out of the ground in Spring.

Light on glaciers changes their form as Earth warms. Glaciers are headed into winter, the dark in their environs growing as the bright light of snow recedes. Grit atop glacier surface, each speck in its moat of meltwater, produces the big picture: dark grit attracts sun’s heat and melts the ice, simple.

In Patagonia I witnessed the turquoise and cobalt lakes surrounding 1/4” cinder islands. To paint them.

 

Introducing…

April 2, 2010

While the core of my artwork is landscape and nature-based abstract painting exploring the mutable intersection of water and land, on this page I’ll show other work going on at my studio that doesn’t appear in the painting examples at the front of this site.

To be human is to make—to shape our lives using the means at hand, whether in building shelter, cooking, designing clothes, cultivating plants, making art to nurture the soul. As a visual artist, I make images in my mind into oil paintings, and also bend wire, design posters, paint murals, draw, tear, glue,  photograph landscapes, print digital art, create images for social justice, paint portraits of people I love, gaze at water. I turn experience into art, using the language of design, my eye the unifying element.