I'm lucky to live where I live! Especially in this, the loveliest spring I've experienced in 37 years in NM. Although we have not enjoyed much rain this spring, it has been unusally cool, with mild winds; rather than the usual "hair dryer" weather of spring in the Southwest. Even with little rain, flora are budding out and blooming long. I ran at 10,000 feet yesterday, along a nameless stream, and took these photographs. There were elk nearby, but they did not consent to be photographed.
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.