A new body of work emerges using my favorite media: Cast resin, opalescent earth powders, steel, and self illumination. Illumination is a key element of the work and each work piece takes on a different atmosphere when viewed in a darkened setting. The elemental themes of Earth, Water, Air and Fire are present… but there is an emphasis on the “fifth” element; the element which describes matter beyond the material world. An invisible realm in existence before existence began, present at the beginning. The ” On Earth as it is In Heaven” series, is an artistic depiction of a “realm” of time, space and the omnipresence relationship of the Creator. I visualize ancient seas and reefs, rugged mountain ranges, and translucent skies with imaginary dry clouds.These are recurring themes in this new body of work. My color palette is derived from the desert southwest where it meets the ocean, places well known to me. My color palette consists of rust, ochres, turquoise, blues, greens, deep russet red, pearl white and shades of violet.
Somewhere along the journey, I transitioned from life around the sea to life in the desert. You see, I grew up around the ocean in So Cal; surfing, fishing, boating. Next stop was Hawaii, where I to to support my family as a full time artists and live a surfers lifestyle and dream.
The major transition in my life was moving to the desert Southwest. What was a sea goer like me doing moving to the desert? Looking back, I know why I am here and have been here for 35 years, it was a divine appointment.
I have remembered surfing every night since I have lived in Arizona. Not physically but mentally…every night before I go to sleep, I re-surf waves from the past from CA, Hawaii, Mexico, and Central America. I cannot get the images of the ocean out of my head. Nor the moments of stillness on the water, light dancing across swells in early morning or that last minute flash of light at sunset. Now that I look back, God was more in my mind, was more present on the ocean than perhaps anywhere else. The ocean cast a spell on me and has never let go. So did God.
Last year, I focused on a series of artwork entitled “A New Earth”. I remember being very sad reading there will be no sea in the New Earth. Bummer!
Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also, there was no more sea. Revelations 21
At first, I was saddened at the comment. No sea, I thought heaven might be a place where I could have my own ocean, my own surf location far from the maddening crowds where I could share waves with my friends, where maybe a wipe out did not exist. But without an ocean, where was I going to surf? Then I realized, we will be surfing waves, waves that my limited mind could not fathom.Maybe I will be surfing light waves or sound waves?
So, here is a photo featuring my artwork; A Communion Station, A Table, and miniature glowing surfboards, all reminding me of a command…. “Do this in remembrance of Me”…its a mystical experience.
A wooden shard, cast and layered in translucent resin, fashioned as an oblique triangle and suspended against a dark primordial landscape. A haunting archetype of an outstretched body hung on a rugged cross. Light permeates the translucent layers of the work and exposes small white bowls on a table containing the symbols of the “New Covenant”; Broken Bread & Poured Wine.
In this work, the wood is the archetype representing the earth element and the cycle of life.There are two distinct edges and surfaces to the wood; A rough surface representing the ruggedness of the cross and the full humanity of Christ.While a smooth, beveled edge representing the perfected life provided by the grace of God’s New Covenant.
Translucent layers of resin, colored with deep royal purples and pearlecent whites, allows light to penetrate several layers, revealing the contrast between the heavens and the earth. When the communion station is viewed in the dark (and I am thinking a sanctuary) and when I “light charge” the sculpture, what reflects back is an eerie internal light emitting blue, aqua and iridescent green light from within the layers. Cloud layers, distant land vistas and the light of twilight show the creation of the Creator.
Light creates a balance of synergy between the surfaces of the mixed media. The dark black/blues and rusts patina on the steel provide a strong contrast between the wood and resin casts. Milky translucent layers “center” the piece, a river of living water with three transparent spheres present in what can be imagined as the river of life.The mood of the piece provides great peace and stillness. Jesus is the Light of the World.
Mixed Media 12″ x 24″ x 7″ Steel-Wood-Resin & Light
Somehow the small cross sections in this series, seemed to enclose vast tracts of sky and earth. Phosphorescent layers of blue and aqua provide contrast to the clear layers and provide an inner light. A panorama of clouds float over desert landscapes. The smell of creosote, a natural desert plant in imbued in the wood a former railroad tie, perhaps used in the gold or copper mines of Arizona. Its rough worn surface is a perfect metaphor for the ageless qualities I feel in the desert southwest.
My studio is both for the creation of my work and a sanctuary where I perform the sacred rite of creating art. My hope is that my pieces evoke a sacrosanct and meditative mood. Prayer and meditation provides you the portal to the spirit of God Himself.
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.
Have you ever been in the wilderness at the ocean, mountains or desert? I spent time this summer experiencing the vastness of the lands and skies of Taos, Santa Fe, Sedona and our Sonoran desert.
“StarGazer” is a piece that is rich in symbolism and the theme of the renewal cycles of earth and the interaction of the basic elements; Air-Water-Earth & Light in depicting the vastness of the heavenly bodies.
Mixed Media work Wood-Resin-Steel & Light. Created while listening to Lida Husak, Hillsong, Bad Suns, The High Violets
When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers,
The moon and the stars, which You have ordained,
What is man that You are mindful of him,
And the son of man that You visit him? Psalm 8:3