“Choices” 12 x 12″ 2023
“Artist’s Retreat” 18 x 24″ 2023
“Lake Temescal Expanded” 2022 Acrylic and Mixed Media 24 x 18″
“Beyond Boundary” 2022 Acrylic and Mixed Media 18 x 24″
“Looking Through” 16×20″ 2022
“Becoming” 36 x 36″
Paintings During Covid
Apparent to me that Covid was part of nature, I began painting what I call “Weird Nature”. Bird imagery which I often use, now becomes invaded by wolves. Even without wolves present, birds start to show their meaner sides; by catching fish and insects; even eating snakes.
As time passes, the Covid state of affairs becomes more familiar. Yet I am not living my life as previously. Rather, I am staying safe and at home a lot. Less fearful of imminent death but stuck in time without much external feedback.
Paintings of pattern emerge as a refuge. Following the internal refuge of colorful pattern, scenes inside my home and the park near my house fill me with unexpected appreciation so I paint them. Many moons in strangely colored skies refer to a timelessness above. Similarly, unplugged light sources which are nonetheless illuminating, hint at a benevolent agency
Hawk Eating Snake 12 x 12″
BIKING ACROSS THE USA on Highway 40. Time is Space. Simultaneous Landscapes
Since High school, I have been riding my bicycle long distances. I do this self supporting and alone except when I was able to convince my high school children to join me on one or two. When I say “long” I am talking really long, from San Francisco to Washington , D.C.
Recently when biking from Salt Lake City UT to Denver, CO (over the Rockies) I took many photos. It is from these photos that I made these paintings.
I am interested in the way time and space relate to each other. It takes a lot of time to bike through all that space (including over 2 miles high). It is slow country out there. Conversely I find myself in more than several places at once when I am on the internet.
These paintings combine the simultaneity and multilocation.
please go to www.bikingacrosstheusa.com to read about these trips
Watercolor and Gouache
In my water based paintings on paper, I am primarily interested in color and pattern. My intention is in depicting a lively environment where one can find enough intrigue and complexity to revisit often feeing refreshed. If I am painting in a foreign country, that locale will have an influence on the imagery. Similarly, stuck at home, the paintings become more personal and resemble a visual diary.