Exploring the Invisible

Wood-Resin-Steel & Light

How do create images of the invisible?  Can they be mirages? Or dreams? Or are they hallucinations? I have pondered this conundrum for some time now and somehow my artwork answers that question with memories of wilderness experiences. There is something about being absolutely alone under a big sky or vast ocean.

My latest work is much larger in scale. I use colored translucent layers of resin mixed with pearlescent & phosphorescent powders and cast onto the “live edge” of native Arizona woods. I have always consider myself a landscape painter and now entering a new phase as a sculptor. The “landscapes” created in my work are  memories and images perhaps even mirages of undiscovered realms in the desert and along the shores of oceans.SuperFilter.jpg

LED lighting illuminates the translucent layers of resin and “charges” other layers of phosphorescent powder cast in the resin. An eerie landscape emerges as this light diffuses throughout the piece. I love how light penetrates darkness. I often muse about my work and how I prefer to see it in very dark settings. Part of that thought come from a sense of reverence that somehow light penetrating the darkness allows..I think its a primal force. Ancient Memories of a Whale

Sitting on the pieces allows me to somehow “connect” with the DNA of the piece of dead wood, now resurrected to a “new life”. feeling the wood and the resin arouses memories of time in the desert and there is something almost like reading braille when I run my fingers and hand along the  highly polished and smoothed wood and resin. One such edge on one of my pieces reminds me of surfing this undulating gift from the sea, imprinted on my mind forever. Ancient Memories

At times I feel like I’m an alchemist working late into the night casting layers of thought and creating something from “base” elements into something that somehow points to something spiritual…and that has to be God.Lost Memories-Steel Background

 

 

I experience the world created by the Creator. When I am working in my studio and creating work, I am on a spiritual journey and the right place to be in.

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Mercy Seat

20151213_143924_resizedMy deepest desire is creating work that brings forth my spiritual thoughts, it can be difficult using the mixed media that I use. My latest pieces fuses four medias; Wood-Resin-Steel & Light into a work that displays my spiritual thoughts. As difficult as it is, prayer and meditation brings things together, and helps me explain the hidden realms that God has created and allowed me to explore.

"Healing is...in the Cloud"On top of the Ark of the Covenant was a lid called the mercy seat on which rested the cloud or visible symbol of the divine presence. Here God was supposed to be seated, and from this place He was supposed to dispense mercy to man when the blood of the atonement was sprinkled there. In a way, the mercy seat hid the people of God from the condemning judgment of the Law. The atonement for sin was completed once and for all with the price paid by our messiah, Jesus Christ. Our sins have been concealed as east is to the west. I am thankful for that revelation and vision and have sat on this bench experiencing this profound truth.

From a spiritual sense, surrender, restoration, mercy and healing are are the themes in my work, sometimes cleverly disguised as artwork. This work entitled “Ancient Memories”, helps me explain my own spiritual side. At the same time, memories of my spiritual journey area present; they are special times in the wilderness, often memories of surfing, fishing or diving,  or my awe looking at the stars in remote places and realizing my own surrender and blessings that have followed. My inside world is right with God.

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My website has more of the process of creating my pieces. The “glow” you see is phosphorescent powders mixed with resin. This is my second and what I call a lesser light. I use a Ultra Violet flashlight to excite the phosphorescent powder which glows for hours.  I seem to connect with the DNA of the Alligator Juniper wood and I get a sense of layers of time. When working with the resins, I am going back and forth with the light on and lights off to see the colorization.  I seem to see a somewhat eerie landscape usually I imagine places near the sea where I can hear the sound of whales migrating and hear the silence of the desert.

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New Visions

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And then God answered: “Write this.
    Write what you see.
Write it out in big block letters
    so that it can be read on the run.
This vision-message is a witness
  Ancient Memories

New work using native woods. Creating life what once was dead and bringing light into darkness.

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“Ancient Memories…Refuge”

I saw the deep borings in the wooden slab of White Oak and began exploring the notion of “refuge”.  Something was attracted to live within this part of the tree, something sought refuge and existence in this fortress, I could see the microcosm when looking closely. At the same time, the pattern in the wood and its DNA reminded me of desert landscapes from the southwest; the vast areas of wilderness.

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I began to create layers of air and sky by casting resin layers, relying on lost memories of desert sunsets above a remote beach. There were memories of clouds in the early morning and light at the golden evening hour. The various translucent layers, some with pearlecent and phosphorescent powders mixed with resin, emit an “other world” atmosphere. Immersed within the sky are spherical planets  that, provide an “other” world dreamlike hallucination .TAbleRefugeon Path FBMedium Web view

“Every moment of light and dark is a miracle” says Walt Whitman and I wanted to create and capture  these moments.

The work “Refuge” is cocooned in light; a light created with LED lighting that I call the great light and phosphorescent  light, the lesser light. The lesser light is “charged” by the LED light and continues to radiate “stored” energy as “light” long into the darkness.

Light provides healing according to popular studies. Light is an element and theme in my work while I explore the idea of the spiritual powers of healing and light. Healing became an influence in my work while researching and understanding healing. Embedded in all my recent work is earth from mission Chimayo outside Taos, New Mexico. Chimayo has been called “a place of healing”, http://taospueblo.com/ . I saw thousands of prayers posted as photos, hundreds of crutches hung on a wall and realized this too was a place of refuge. Many prayers are answered but many times it is not “God get me out of this” rather God get me through this. The more I meditate in prayer, the more I know that healing is much about surrendering.

There is something special about the wilderness-the quiet and solitude, marveling at the beauty created by God. It is a spiritual experience for me. The same with creating art, a spiritual discipline for me, much like  prayer.

I often think of the quote;

“We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.”― Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

The process of creating this piece allowed me to reveal the mysterious realms of native folklore and culture.  In this piece, the elements of sky, fire, earth and air are my way of capturing the essence of God. God is in the very nature of each element.Refuge Close Up

“Ancient Memories”…Refuge” 65″ x 20″ x 2″ White Oak, cast resin layers, LED lighting. I had many ideas, wishes and fantasies creating this piece of refuge and prayer.

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“an Invisible God”

.Close up LED In the CloudsHow to imagine an “Invisible God”…so abstract but a thought that has taken over my imagination and my artwork

This journey began visiting churches and basilicas in Barcelona, Spain.  The church Sagrada Famila is famous worldwide and has been under construction for over a 100 years and should be complete by 2025. Then there is the church in Chamayo, NM where a small Catholic church is the site of great healing miracles, attributed to dirt around the area that provided many with healing miracles.  From my world view, church buildings were built to inspire us to focus on God. There were created to provide hope and to point our lives away from the earthly realm and focus on the heavenly beyond. Both church’s focus on God, connecting us to the heavenly realms, and encouraging the participant to focus on “looking” up.

My artwork focused on “this” invisible God who showed Himself to the people in a many different ways but my focus has been on the Pillar of Cloud, guiding the mass exodus during the day in the desert, and at night as a Pillar of Fire providing the escaping masses, a guiding light.Close-up-Iris-Blur

According to the story, God was visible…in a desolate desert, guiding the route and lighting the path and providing evidence of His existence. Exodus 13:20 is the start of the story, where now God exits the burning bush to emerge as a “Cloud” and a “Pillar of Fire”.

My artists persona wanted to create this vision  which led me to explore the mysterious realms of native folklore and culture, and the grandeur of a culture exposed to Christianity 2,000 years ago.  “In the Cloud” began as a collage of cast resin and wood pieces with an intent to capture an image of an “invisible God”.  In these pieces, Earth’s elements of sky, fire, earth and air are my way of capturing the essence of God. God is in the very nature of each element and represented by Light, Clouds and Fire.

Chimayo Snip InteriorSagrada FamilaGod is… in the clouds and in the sky and on this earth.

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“Dreams and Visions of Tranquility”…journey along a spiritual horizon

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“Dreams and Visions of Tranquility”

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Psalm 8 

I look up at your macro-skies, dark and enormous,
    your handmade sky-jewelry,
Moon and stars mounted in their settings.
    Then I look at my micro-self and wonder,
Why do you bother with us?
    Why take a second look our way? Psalm 8

Let me dwell in a land of tranquility seeking your dream for my life.

A Pool That Heals


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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.

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A New Light

People are like stained – glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within. Elisabeth Kubler Ross

So much of my artwork relies on internal lighting. Many times I conceal LED lighting sources and use this light to illuminate  the transluscent layers of resin- it reveals a whole new world, not seen unless light penetrates it. Some of the pieces use light as the subject, even though the artwork is what we see first.

Water is an element that I am drawn to. The blue area is actually created with phosphorescent powders mixed with resin.
Water is an element that I am drawn to. The blue area is actually created with phosphorescent powders mixed with resin.