2009 – Oil on panel, dimensions unknown
BEAUTY In the midst uncertainty and fear. My daily post of one image of beauty to counter the currently overwhelming fear narrative.
ANNA’S OCEAN (2009) – Driving while the sun’s light is breaking through clouds can be dangerous for me. I tend to pay more attention to the light than my driving. I’ll find myself veering this way and that while trying to observe the luminous theatrics playing out before me. Yet, as though programmed into the deep recesses of my psyche, I cannot help myself. In ANNA’s OCEAN, I bring two of my favorite natural elements together, the ocean, and sunlight piercing an overcast sky. I’ve painted this scenario many times now, entirely from instinct built upon the accumulated memories of my ocean/light encounters. One of the most important things I ever learned as an artist was how to direct a person’s eyes across a canvas and nature has been my master teacher. Observing how my own eyes are guided when watching light undulate with the movement of the clouds and how it reflects only across the water it touches. Everything else around it is dull and ghostly. But the light itself, shimmers and becomes a living organism dancing across the sky and water. And the metaphor, illumination/enlightenment achieved in a body of stillness, is profound.