I've been drawn to baby animals of late. Perhaps I should title the series "Don't Hate Me Because I'm Cute."
The best time of year is here, and I am getting out in the wilderness as much as I can. Land art resonates with me the clearest when I stumble upon it and it is not created by humans. This tree is a "scrape," used by a small mule deer buck to rub the velvet off of his new antlers. Once deer find a scrape, they return to it. This tree is girdled and its fate sealed (or peeled). It will be a standing home to many for a time and then it will fall and slowly become one with the forest floor, new life springing up in its form.
What painter could come up with so balanced a composition? The aspen leaves flow in an unbroken line out of the red striations in the rock. The streams in the mountains and foothills are waning as the harvest moon waxes. When I'm out running, I'm never far from a brook, always mindful of the munificence of water dakinis in a desert.
I am a Santa Fe New Mexico painter. I have always had two bodies of work: animals and abstractions. Both are an expression of the same concern with our relationship with nature.
My currently body of representational work, Habitat, brings animals in wildlife hospitals and farm sanctuaries into environments abandoned by humans. By placing animals in human archeological ruins, I invite the viewer to consider the destruction of wildlife habitat, factory farming, and the choices we can make to change course.
I spend a good deal of time in the wilderness, tracking, observing and photographing wildlife and free-running mountain streams.
Painting in watercolors and oils is an intimate interaction with water and earth minerals. When one moves paint around on canvas or paper, the forms that are the conceptual matrices underlying conscious experience emerge. I step aside and let that process happen, allowing the painting to breathe and reveal its internal structures and symbols.
I am fortunate to have studied oil and watercolor painting with Sam Scott. He taught me to see seasonal color, to be fearless in painting my vision of nature, and to be unafraid of beauty.