As an artist, I am creating a journal of experience, each work adding time and dimension and explanation of an alternate reality created in my imagination. I am fascinated with both the mystery of things and the discovery of new experience. My themes: Healing, The Beginning, The End, Kingdoms and worlds. My visions are inspired by nature and scripture; depictions of the creation and the Creator. Landscapes and mindscapes; places created for healing, or renewing ones spirit and the effects of light coming through darkness. Recent work includes small steel and resin cast “altars” and my versions of “Milagros created for contemplation, healing, interaction and communion.
My chosen media has changed in the seasons of my life. Painting was my media for a majority of my formal training. Resins were part of my life as a surfer and craftsman as a “glasser” in the surf industry. The translucent nature of the media inspires me to create skies, oceans and coastlines. The ocean has been a primal attraction my entire life…even as a desert dweller. I continue to explore coloring resins, incorporating steel cases and boxes to create mini altars and meditation stations.
My latest works incorporate native Arizona wood and resin cast into the burls of the wood to create new visions of worlds at a time of the New Earth. Concealed illumination penetrates the resin to create a mysterious landscape that creates a sense of wholeness, healing and peace.
A new series of mixed media pieces inspired by Land-Sky-Desert and Oceans entitled” Spiritual Horizons” and will be shown at New City Studio on First Friday, October 3rd in a group show entitled Land and City for more on the show visit https://www.facebook.com/newcitystudio
The mixed media pieces incorporate re purposed wood, casts resins, steel and light which have been my favorite media for the past few years.
This is my first time showing pieces incorporating phosphorescent powders in my resin casts. The effect is an eerie light emitted best seen in a darkened setting. Light is a central theme of my work and unlike previous works which concealed the LED light source, the new pieces incorporate an inner light energized by sunlight or other light sources. Unlike previous “steel boxes” housing my cast pieces, the steel stands take a secondary role, supporting the smallish landscape vignettes, yet notice the archetype in the shape of the stand.
Spiritual Horizons were inspired by my summer travels throughout the southwest visiting and observing deserts, mountains, skies and ocean vistas. I have vivid memories of a critique from my two person show a year ago. Art critic and fellow artist Richard Bledsoe mused “Light serves as a powerful metaphor of knowledge, clarity, warmth, spirituality”. My use of light as a media comes through a vastly different source from a year ago. Richard also observed and commented ” Somehow the small cubes seemed to enclose vast tracts of sky and earth”. That is the influence of land that I live. www.stor-ybox.com
I have to confess; I fantasized about this bench. The power to #heal would have great value and I coveted a notion that those that sat on this bench would have a supernatural healing of some sort. At the same time remembered the experience of healing that I have had in my own life. How forgiveness healed anger and how prayer has been the key to healing. Other #spiritual musings included the thoughts and notions of altars and sacred spaces and artifacts. Milagros come to mind, religious folk charms that are traditionally used for healing purposes and as votive offerings in Mexico.
From this photo perspective, I am reminded of the coves along the coastline of Prince Wales Island in Alaska. I see the eye of a whale in the piece, or some deep water fish possessing bioluminescence ability. Additional photographs depict other images, but I do continue to focus on the notion of healing and the thought “Be still and know that I am God”. Nature has a way of healing and connecting you to the Divine.
I often wonder if inanimate objects can absorb the spirit of God. I look at the rafters in my church or the concrete floors and get a sense of the filling of the spirit even in innate building materials. I sense the image of an invisible God in canyon walls or a space that the elect are called to worship.
Continuing to work with lighting with phosphorescent powders in my resin castings. Interesting effect but a deeper meaning with light emanating from the piece. At the same time, viewing the resin casts of these pieces through a window, provides a glimpse of wide open desert and mountain skyscapes.
Spirit of the Canyons is a mixed media piece incorporating Wood-Resin-Steel & Light.
Sacred lands of Northern New Mexico- The Rio Grande gorge in the valley of Taos, New Mexico. I try to capture vast landscapes and skyscapes in these small pieces using re-purposed wood and resin castings using pearlescent and phosphorous powders. Layers of time colored in deep purples, copper, blues and micropearl white translucent layers.
The wood-rough and scarred in the desert sun over countless years of use and disuse. Clear resin layers, cast into the “live” edge of the White Oak beams, creating a new life, like the sunsets and sunrises of vast lands. A gorge cut through solid rock, an ageless process as seen from the edge of the gorge. An eerie light in the bottom of the gorge.
An altar piece in a way, marking or reminding the viewer to stop and meditate on the creator, marveling at the creation of the land, sea and sky. Perhaps a “talisman” a small marker for a sacred land where the creator exists in dimensions we can only imagine.
I imagine vast landscapes, skyscapes and waterscapes when I view the resin in early morning light. The steel stand is surfboard shaped, at times I feel like I am channeling my grandfather’s skill as a blacksmith. Steel challenges me as a media and I am learning the beauty of steel, whether burnished to a high finish or allowed to rust and become timeless in the process. The desert can do that.
I am so influenced by my physical environment. I spent 1/2 my life around the ocean and half in the desert. I continue to create pieces and images of the land and the sea and where the heavens meet the earth that I call skyscapes.
Light is an essential element of my work and my new series is best viewed with light in the background especially capturing light through a window and allowing it to permeate the multi layer effect. Light is a key element, I’m often refining the surface of each cast resin piece to best capture light permeating the resin.
My latest elaboration on this theme is created by adding phosphorescent powders to my resin compounds which produces an internal light that emanates from the cast layers of phosphorescence. The source of light is created in a forbidden energy source. More on http://www.stor-ybox.com
I have been meditating on the meaning of “servantsand stewards of the mysteries of God” from my reading of 1 Cor 4:1. First of all, what are the mysteries? Seems like every religion has some esoteric knowledge to contemplate or to follow. You achieve one level of understanding to go to the next level, sometimes even a pay to play scenario. And then to whom does this mystery pertain? Where do you search? The writer then mandates it as “a sacred duty”. How do I live my life to fulfill the mandate? Is my art a fulfillment of the mandate? If not, why?
More questions than answers at this point, but what an intriguing idea to contemplate, especially in creating and articulating my worldview as an artist. My latest work on my website. www.stor-ybox.com and your comments are welcome.