planets // celestial series

yosemite national park

sequoia national park

kings canyon national park

death valley national park

spring update // wild times

Springtime transition this year was all about slowing down to integrate past, present and future before taking steps on a new path. After spending some sweet time with family, I went on a nostalgic road trip through hundreds of miles of california to wild places both very familiar and unknown.

 

collage // mandala series

microcosms formed from worn natural history books, nature field guides, seed catalogs & used up seed packets from the garden
assembled with loving intention into a cohesive series of mandalas
combined with impetuous ink & salt wash
on cold-pressed paper or wood panel

Winter

Winter is the slowest time of year out in the fields and the busiest time for me in the studio. Throughout my life, winter has been the time when my daily life and art practice feel most reverently intertwined. I work quietly indoors as the storms are raging outside. Every New Year brings the task of building and stretching new canvases to prime and paint as inspiration rises. Currently a series of tiny planets is underway and simultaneously I am finishing up several larger pieces from last year. As I varnish finished pieces and begin new ones, I am noticing the common themes and hues that permeate my work as a whole, giving them more intention and building towards a cohesive body of work. Meanwhile one painting of mine will be in the Annual Juried Exhibition at our local Gallery Route One in Point Reyes Station, CA opening Feb 8 2019.

Autumn

Autumn is a time to reap and cull, to collect and to discern. Today I choose to radiate abundance, reaping the late harvests of the gardens and sharing the goodness before the stillness of winter. I am currently updating my online store to include my ongoing series of tiny paintings. My portfolio has shifted to include smaller and smaller pieces for the past decade, but I still enjoy working on a larger scale simultaneously for contrast. Living in a simple tiny house in the forest, it brings me joy to bring little pieces of nature that inspire me into my home and live with them. It is a labor of love to hand stretch my linen or canvas supports and to search for the most high quality paints and oils to make this humble series. Many pieces will be listed in my online store to make them accessible to collect, but also feel free to inquire directly about any pieces here in my online portfolio, or to commission a work specifically for your home. Thank you for your interest in my individual art process and for supporting creative growth universally.

Mixing Colors of Spring

“When love beckons to you, follow him, Though his ways are hard and steep. And when his wings enfold you yield to him, Though the sword hidden among his pinions may wound you. And when he speaks to you believe in him, Though his voice may shatter your dreams as the north wind lays waste the garden.” -Kahlil Gibran

Rain is falling and the light is returning! Recent paintings are being finished, titled, documented, varnished, and hung. Wishing a beautiful spring equinox to all!

North Wind
oil on linen
12″x12″
2018