“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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“Transparent Memories”

The “act” of layering, weaving and assembling is a new process in my latest work. Working on new pieces that have a theme of “healing”, where I encounter memories of drowning in my life. At the same time, wondering about the roots of the sea in my life far from an ocean in the desert. This piece seems to make connections and connect dots of memory. There is a sense and emotion of surrender. Healing takes place in the act of surrender…surrendering to healing. “Ancient Memories are…in the Cloud” outlines two whales who once lived in the shallow seas of Arizona during the Triassic period. The outline of a Sperm whale encases the entire piece while the ghost like image of a Humpback whale emerges from what at first looks like a mountain range. The whale’s dorsal fin provides a sense of movement flowing through that primitive sea.

“You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean in a drop”. Rumi

I sense the DNA of trees, rocks and eons of time and the drop from the ocean contains the entire memory of a distant and primitive time.

Ancient Memories Like the rings of a tree, the translucent layers relate to time, and a distant space of land, sky and sea the one that has been  evolving over millions of years. Ancient translucent seas with turquoise seas, and cloudy summer vistas hover over a desert wilderness.

I know I have been here before…but its only an ancient memory now.

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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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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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“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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Light Thru Spiritual Horizons

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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.

Stargazing and other musings.

Spiritual Horizons series

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

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Spiritual Thought

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

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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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