“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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“A Refuge”

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“A Refuge” is nearing finished, which is a magic moment for me and many artist I know.Some type of small animal sought refuge in this piece of White Oak. The refuge was carved out by some type of bug, and the hollow became large enough to provide sanctuary to some type of bird.

A mixed media work incorporating resins, colored with opalescent and pearlecent earth powders. Resins mixed with phosphorescent powders and cast in layers to produce an internal illumination when charged with ordinary light and super charged with UV lighting. Illumination is a key element of the work and each piece takes on a different look when viewed in a darkened setting. The translucent layers glow in the spot lights from underneath. 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.

I’m inspired by the deserts of New Mexico, Arizona and Mexico, connected to the cycles of life and the seasons.  I am exploring the panorama of desert skies, the interaction of light at sunset, sunrise and twilight. At times I see water-less clouds teasing a parched land, or violent storm clouds bringing ranging floods. Desert sunsets are a gift and one that I experience from my studio every day.

Water is a renewing element, water cleanses and brings new life and it is very precious in the desert. And yet,  I keep returning to the sea and as I explored this piece of White Oak, I could feel the edge of the wood and imagine a beautiful wave cresting and breaking on some imaginary beach I’ve created in my mind. I imagine beautiful things in heaven and I am exploring beautiful things on earth. I’m reminded how blessed I am.

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“Remember Me”-Even When Surfing

Somewhere along the journey, I transitioned from life around the seaCommunion Table, Descending Angel and Surfboards 1-12-15 363X300 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 New Covenant”

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New works Jan 2015

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.

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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.

A New Covenant

Mixed Media 12″ x 24″ x 7″ Steel-Wood-Resin & Light

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” A Pool That Restores”

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This is a mixed media piece, 60″ x 23″ x 2.5″.
Alligator wood, combining atmospheric translucent resin casts.  Steel legs; one side 18″ wide tapered  to 12″  with a 34″ height. The other leg is 10″ wide and not tapered.  Steel has a blue-gray and brown patina. A white oak leg brace with cast resin is being added to the 10″ leg for additional stability and incorporate phosphorescent luminescence. 

Translucent layers of resin mixed with pearlescent powders; dark blue, green/blue, iridescent blue and royal purple interlaced with layers of copper and gold . Spirit beings are  floating over a darkening sea, perhaps souls translating into new beings, being drawn into a New Earth.

Another perspective from the “edge” of the resin cast. Smooth to the touch, and when I run my hand over the edge, I can’t help but notice that my mind takes me to memories of surfing.

I had a clear vision of how to cast the piece, how the layers could flow. Looking vertically, it mirrors water. Looking horizontally focusing on the edge of the cast, you can see a wide panorama of sky, or a long ocean wave. I realized how smooth the piece has become as the edges have been burnished and the resin is liquid glass. There is a lingering aroma of Alligator Juniper. The whole work invites the viewer to engage with the work and not just with your eyes but through touch and smell.

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Working from the Inside Out

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Wood-Resin-Steel & Luminescence

I keep focusing on light in and on my work. The light and background in this photographed is a polished steel box, with a very dark patina, almost black. The light comes from a LED light bar hidden by a steel light hood. Beautiful background to photograph this piece entitled “Canyon Spirits”.

I was inspired by the atmosphere of lands and skies of northern New Mexico and Arizona, combined with memories of living on the ocean. For a color palette, I use several shades of blues, greens, purples, coppers and pearl white. Favorite woods: Mesquite, White Oak,  Cedar, Hickory and Walnut.  This piece is re-purposed wood, not sure of the hardwood but once carried trains throughout the south west.
Welded a steel stand for this piece in the form of a classic surfboard shape and finishing the stand with a pearl white resin layer and then add a layer of clear aqua phosphorescent. http://www.stor-ybox.com to see my online gallery. This piece is sold but I have others.

You’re blessed when you get your inside world-Your Mind and Heart put right. Then you can see God in the outside world. The Message

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. Elizabeth Kubler Ross.

Sacred Places-Sacred Light

Light Sconce1 Fence Standard e-mail viewAs the story goes, the creation of light was the first command given by the Creator.

“Light serves as a powerful metaphor of knowledge, clarity, warmth, spirituality. In art light can serve as a stand-in for the experience of higher states of consciousness. Artists through the ages have appreciated the attractive properties of light and incorporated its qualities into their works. From the reflective gold and jewels of Byzantine mosaics to the changing atmospherics of the Impressionists, from the dramatic chiaroscuro of the Baroque painters to the electrically powered pieces of contemporary artists, each era has found its own articulation for the divinely originated illumination.” Richard Bledsoe

Somehow the small cross sections  in this series, seemed to enclose vast tracts of sky and earth. They held a sense of great distances and the interplay of atmospheric conditions within the translucent resin casts. Clouds meet air and land near the sea. The smell of creosote, a natural desert plant in imbued in the wood a former railroad tie with years of service in my desert landscape and formerly a header in a territorial arch that once was part of my home/studio.

Light comes from two sources, a hidden LED light source which in turn radiates in the various layers of the piece that were cast with pearlescent and phosphorescent powders. An internal glowing light, a light from within is created with the phosphorescent layers, blues-greens and aqua colors.

There is a sense of reverence in the land around Taos; New Mexico, and Taos is an inspiration to my new work. My studio is both for the creation of my work, and is is a sacred space as well; working as an artist is a religious rite with me at time.I hope that my pieces  evoke a sacred feeling and can be hung in sacred places and created for prayer and meditation where you might feel the shadow of the spirit of God himself.

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A Kingdom Temptation

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After fasting for 40 days and 40 nights, Jesus meets Satan in the remote wilderness. After several  providing several temptations, Satan brings him to a mountain and the rest of the story is presented in Matthew 4:8-11

Again, the devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to Him, “All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.”

10 Then Jesus said to him, “Away with you,[d] Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.’”[e]

11 Then the devil left Him, and behold, angels came and ministered to Him.

The transluscent layers on one of the sides of the piece was created from multiple cast of resin, some clear casts, some layers showing colors and shapes that depict floating clouds and desert rain showers, sunlight, land and sea masses from earth and transcend even deeper to the depths of hell. My imagination takes me to the Kingdoms  describe in the passage. High above the valley below, I can see the miles and miles of earth, sea and air and the kingdoms promised.

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