“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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“Ancient Memories are…in the Cloud”

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Beyond but beneath the obvious, a story emerges from a cutting  of alligator juniper, a lifeless slab of wood “beached” in my studio for over a year. I often looked at this piece of wood, imagining a design that never took place. Something else had to be released and it was an image created millions of years ago and now being revealed through the DNA of the wood and the mind and hands of a artists craftsman.

The whale has been released from its captivity, the DNA of eons of memories and layers of times ancient forests and a shallow sea filled with life. My imagination took over, remembering the times spotting whales against the backdrop of an expansive and seemingly empty sea, many times framed by the dramatic horizontal image where sky meets ocean. The composition of the piece with its long horizontal lines reminds me of the vast wilderness places; secluded mountains and beaches, the heat of the summer and the solitude the wilderness provides.I have had intimate moments with this creature in the wilderness and that was my direction and approach.


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First 3 resin layers

I feel as if I am “hovering” over the scene, exploring what might be here, looking for waves, or fish. I realize I have flown over these coves, physically and meta physically. Maybe there is a connection for this piece of Arizona wood and the desert landscape. I think of the past life of this tree, musing over the DNA, perhaps dating back to the Jurassic period, when great whales and fish inhabited a  large inland and shallow sea that once was here in Arizona.


I cast the 67″ horizontal edge, vertically, allowing me to create layers of sky from my imagination. Distant green lights the color of an aurora borealis, contrast with the brilliant reds of sunsets and twilight times. The clear cast layers and multiple “spheres” describe a place of planets and distant stars. Thin blue and white layers reflect an ancient ocean where it meets an ancient land.

More musings to come as I continue to create the story of this piece.

62″x24″x3″ Alligator Juniper, cast resin layers.

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Spiritual Horizons

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Most of these new pieces are are inspired by this past summer visits to Taos, Santa Fe and Sedona.  Read about the works on Spiritual Horizon page. This is a very limited edition so email me and I will reserve a piece. Shipping is free, and included with each piece is a very powerful UV battery operated light. 2-5 minutes with the light will recharge the phosphorescent powders which creates the internal luminescent qualities.

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Light From Within

Light fascinates me as an artist and I have been incorporating concealed LED lighting to illuminate what I call my Story Boxes. Several artists and photographers pointed me in the direction of Phosphorescent light and resins. This has opened up many new realms to explore in my own spiritual journey and theme of Light.

These pieces are a continuation of a series of mixed media works using Wood-Resin-Steel and Light. Combining phosphorescent powders mixed in my resin casts as a source of light. Entitled “Light from Within” continues my reflections of time spent on a#spiritual journey to #Taos and #Santa Fe this summer. 9″ x 9″ x 1 1/4″. The steel stands also have cast resins with pearlescent powders and phosphorescent powders. The steel stands have a classic surfboard design that has been part of me and many designs since the 60’s.  See more on www.stor-ybox.com including show dates for the fall.

 

 

Light From Within Mixed Media Wood-Resin-Steel & Light

 

 

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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Canyon Spirits

GorgeDynastyWEB9-6I 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.

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Sacred Places

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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.

The series are posted on my website: http://www.stor-ybox.com

 

Storm Journeys

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

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