My art is a search for the spirit, rather than the letter, of the land; an inner essence of me and the earth intertwined. It may celebrate discovery of materials, a location, flights of imagination, wildlife, personal myth, and more.
I love wild and remote areas, such as the canyon lands of Utah.
I collect interesting earths and muds during my travels and use them as a basis for my Earth Paintings.
I also use grasses, twigs, bones and shells within my work, and to manipulate my materials.
I am inspired by what I see in the landscape, but also by what play, accident, and my imagination can suggest, and conjure, as I work, including humor and symbol.
As I wrote to a friend while on a camping trip one summer:
Though I am buried in the mud, I look upward; I love the clouds, and I continually throw water on my eyes.
I use a clear acrylic medium to fix my materials firmly to heavy (300lb) Fabriano watercolor paper. I frame my work with tan maple wood, glass in front, with at least 2 between frame and the art. If you are interested in having a painting, contact me and I can give you more information.
I have published five books of my art with poems by myself and other poets, between 2005 and 2015: Earth, Moon and Sun, 60 p.,2005; Sand and Sky, 68 p., 2008; Meet me at the Birdbath, 25 p.,2011 (with Birgid's House Poets); Searching for the Blue Nugget, 94p., 2013; Fire in the Birdbath 124p, 2015 (with poets).