Life is a journey, taking us to places we know not. Whether of the past or present, the journey is to be valued for with each step we come closer to knowing who we are and where we are headed. And along the way we meet others on their own personal journey with whom we have so much to share. What started for me as life in rural Ohio where I traversed corn fields, picked off tomato worms and enjoyed the slow days of summer has turned into a glorious life adventure with travel taking me to many parts of the world and people sharing their special places in life. This piece is a tribute to the journeys of all. May they be safe and filled with life enriching experience.
Journey into the Unknown, Monotype with Charcoal and Oils, 6 X 4 inches, framed, $145 USD
A figurative piece different from those which I have been painting. For a period of time I allowed my self to be pigeonholed into the direction which galleries wanted. Now I paint what I want to paint.
Dreaming of the Universe, Oil on Canvas, 30 X 15 inches, $900 USD
Once again I have been inspired to paint a rendition of the Taos Pueblo, continuously in existence for centuries. Its magic inspires the people of the pueblo and the people of the town. Its very spirit dominates the land for peoples of the present and the future. I first came here in the 80s just for a day to visit Taos and the pueblo. Work on a new pueblo structure or perhaps repair on one of the existing structures prompted me to inquire about purchase of a pueblo building brick. I still have that brick. It has traveled to California, Nevada, and now once again back to its home here in Taos. I never wanted to live in Taos, but here I am years later--convinced that the magic of the mountain and the pueblo is part of my own spirit.
The Eternal Pueblo, Oil on Canvas, 9 X 12, $260 USD
Another painting for the show in Lisbon. Somewhat like my painting entitled "Quartet," but different in its own way. When asked what inspires me, it is difficult to say. The books I read, the people I see, and the way life happens. Is the crowd really a crowd or is it the way we all operate in life? There are so many different aspects to each of us. And maybe what inspires me are the many years I studied the ways in which we process the world around us. Regardless, I think this is an interest "crowd" which can pique the interest of the viewer in different ways.
The Crowd, Oil on Canvas, 36" X 18" gallery wrap, $1425 USD
Throughout the ages there have always been independent women inspite of their circumstances or the time in which they lived. This woman speaks for the ages--she stands away from the crowd and is not afraid to let her position be known. I worked on this painting from time to time for two or three months, never satisfied with the woman who appeared. Finally, there she was, assured, beautiful, and not afraid to stand away from the crowd--a mind of her own. As I look at my own life, there is a part of this woman in my makeup, but it took me a good many years to learn to be self assertive. Now watch out!
Away from the Crowd, Oil on Canvas, 12" X 9" (image size).
I paint many abstracted faces that appear out of mind, but every once in a while I like to paint a more realistic image. This is one of those images. Not any particular person, to me she personifies New Mexico in so many ways--a melding of the cultures inhabiting the land, Native American, Hispanic, Anglo, and more. Taos Pueblo is always a part of the landscape as here in this painting. It has survived for over 1,000 years and will continue to do so. All is part of the land, the air, and the people.
Beauty of New Mexico, Oil on Masonite, 12" X 9" (image size), $285 USD
I don't paint Southwestern scenes on a daily basis, but every once in a while, I like to share the beauty that surrounds my town. It is indeed glorious and on a day like today, as I walked back from the main plaza with the sunshine on my face, I realized why I choose to live in this tiny town of about 6,500. It has its ideosyncracies, but it is still one of the best places to live if you can overlook its shortcomings. A very unassuming place with a mix of cultures, great art, music, and literature, and a population that warms the heart. It is always good to come home to Taos, New Mexico.
Southwestern Splendor, Monotype Enhanced with oils, 6" X 4"
It always amazes me when I create a piece with no foregone conclusion about what it will be or how it will be finalized. This is one of the many which have presented themselves for whatever reason. All I can say: there is something from deep within that wants to find its way into this crazy world with all its dysfunctionality, its wars, its cruelty to other human beings. I continue to want for a world in which human beings are civil to one another even if they don’t agree on political principles. We are all in this together and work together we must.
The Meditators, Monotype enhanced with oils, 6” X 4” (unframed size), 15 1/2” X 12 1/2” (matted and framed size).