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
Three summer excursions this year to Sedona -Taos – Santa Fe provided inspiration for a new body of work and spiritual renewal. Started by re-purposing a piece of re-purposed wood and thus brought new life to a dead and lifeless discarded entity. Rehabilitation of life and the cycle of renewal continued in the back of my mind.
The dead wood was reborn, not as part of a truss system in a building or bridge, but used as media for a new suite of work entitled “A Spiritual Journey”. Journeys in my mind are about trips to places, the notion of going somewhere with a start and a finish. Journeys have a start place and a finish place whether it is to a big city or vacation. Journeys are expeditions and excursions that creates memories and it is these memories that can come back to life in a tangible form. I have a thought that I am able to suspend time for a period of time and capture the land and sky from memories of the recent past.
So what is a spiritual journey? I like to think that my art is a visual marker, the explanation of the unexplainable. Creating images to depict an invisible God have been a theme for decades now. This new body of work remembers distant memories of exploration of remote areas of Mexico, especially the Baja peninsula. Water is such an important element of my work- as is light. Light is life and in each piece, light plays an important role. The mystery of the elements are portrayed in each piece.
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.