According to Buddhism, we must embrace change, the only constant in the universe, or we become overwhelmed by fear of what the future holds. Buddhists believe that “right action” should guide our behavior as we face change and uncertainty.
My work examines and embodies the principle that life is an ever-changing journey of cycles, layers, and spirals of experience. I reconstruct my memories and current observations in the form of abstract paintings and wearable objects.
I am a mixed media artist. Inspired by nature, geological forces, and Eastern philosophy, I work intuitively and utilize whatever will help me realize my vision – paint, wood, ink, paper, precious stones and metals, resin, found objects, and humble materials.
As I place the first mark on the surface, a visual conversation begins. When colors and shapes sit next to each other, the piece starts to live. It seems to develop a voice. I cannot control too much, or the work will stiffen and become lifeless.
I might rescue an accidental drip of paint, apply a wash, carve, stitch, or attach a map fragment. If I have listened to and observed the work carefully, it becomes finished when there is a complete statement.
"It would give me great joy if my art inspired “right action” on behalf of Earth."
Like newer societies that build upon the remnants of older civilizations, I re-purpose my old paintings as readily as my old ideas. Themes and metaphors recycle throughout my art. They emerge, disappear, and resurface, reflecting my passions and investigations. Archaeology, Buddhism, botany, geology, aerial photography, psychology, zoology, Zen gardens, and poetry often influence my work.
Careful scrutiny can reveal a palimpsest of my previous actions and clues to my psychological, intellectual, and experiential journeys. The work becomes a record of change, enabling me to stand at the brink of the past and the present, while inviting others to do so as well.
For many years, I painted realistic landscapes to celebrate Earth’s beauty. Now I create with a more holistic understanding of the universe that includes my grief, fear, and anger at how we humans have behaved toward our planet. It would give me great joy if my art inspired “right action” on behalf of Earth.
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