I've been looking through my collections, and through the many paintings in my studio. I have enjoyed remembering painting each one, and reflecting on the inspiration behind each. Some of them are old works, beginning works, and some are newer. I decided to choose one each month and feature it here. These are all still available. Enjoy!
I have a couple of dear friends who are Grand Canyon aficionados - they are deeply connected to the spirit of the place, the soul of the place. Rob, at one point on an instagram post wrote something about the canyon putting everything in perspective. Indeed. These two and their love for the canyon was my inspiration for this painting - the first in my National Parks Collection. I over saturated the colors because this is the way it speaks to me, not always in subtle grace, but in grand gestures.
OUT OF DARKNESS
This is actually a new painting, finished recently. I have found myself in a creative slump due to the pandemic, the election, politics, and the general happenings in the world right now. There has just been so much "noise" swirling around my head that I hadnt been able to allow the creative juices to come through. After the election, I felt a renewed sense of hope. This allowed me to pick up a paint brush, and then see what came out - to open my mind and create. This painting is the result.
This painting is designed to stir something in you, to awaken your sensibilities. A patron of the gallery commented on this painting that he "could never hang it in his house" - immediately that sounds negative, but I was intrigued. When I asked him why, he said that it was too "dark", that he saw destruction, and chaos. Personally, I was so happy to hear this! Art should evoke a reaction. Alternately, a co-worker had the opposite reaction. She loved the title, and thought that this painting could awaken people's consciousnesses, that it was hopeful. As an artist I couldn't be more validated at the varied and strong response.
THE WEST IS ON FIRE
This is an old painting I did a number of years ago, when fires ravaged California at that time. What's old is new again? Considering that was small potatoes compared to what is happening now, is rather mind blowing. My heart aches for the people there (and OR and WA), as I cannot imagine what they are going through. My admiration for the firefighters tasked with this immense job is limitless.