"Five Years of Stories"
August 1 - September 20, 2014
John F. Lott Gallery
Nature plays a starring role in my art work. The work is primarily narrative, and though it may be a bit mysterious or even surreal, there is a narrative implied in nearly every piece. The portrait heads of birds are so large, they seem almost mythological. The vigilante-like birds on steroids are not pleased with some of the things we have perpetrated on earth. On the other hand, many human beings have given hours of their lives to restoring balance to the planet, so their hands are shown in some of “roles” they might have taken. I am also attracted to the mysteries that abound in nature such as the bi-annual migration of so many birds that is both beautiful and astounding. The Wind Birds are different species of shore birds, many of whom migrate 8,000 miles a year.
Recently, I have been exploring the idea of “passionate landscapes”. In these small images, I consider several different types of passion: sexual, violent, and, in one case, the passion of Christ. Passion can also be used to describe deep feelings about something. So some of the landscapes simply depict a view that I am passionate about. Deserts are beautiful strange places, filled with passion and longing, and, today violent crimes are committed in deserts all over the world. Blood drops signify this violent passion.