Humankind


Mixed Media/Fiber      24" W x 36" L
Maybe humans arrived on earth because God was lonely. After all, according to many different religious interpretations it is said humans were created in the image of God. That theory is hard to believe when we behave badly toward each other and destroy the world we are supposed to watch over and protect. That is when I find it easier to believe we evolved somehow from the family of apes. In creating this piece, I really wanted to steer away from the image of a blond blue eyed human as depicted in so much art. After all we didn’t show up first in the land of the north where we need to absorb all the sun’s rays before it turned dark and cold. No, early humankind lived in a rocky and desert land. Thus, I tried to portray a more realistic view of early man, humans who were hunter gathers. Invariably my travels throughout the southwest tend to show up when I start creating landscapes.   $875
    
Humankind
Origins

God Rested


Mixed Media/Fiber    24" W x 36" L
I always thought we were on very unstable ground when we try to describe God. As a child, I interpreted God as an old man with a beard, sort of like Santa Claus. I loved the idea that Dan Brown threw out in his book that maybe God was just an exceptionally large super- computer. The reality is we do not know, and many people even doubt the existence of God at all. So, my solution in this final piece of the series is to show God as a brown, female Buddha like figure. She is resting in a yoga pose on top of a supercomputer in front of the world she created. Admittedly a lot of this series is sort of tongue in cheek, but it has been fun to create just another version of the evolution of our world. Maybe my next series should be “Where are we going?” That feels too depressing so I will just let my muse lead me onwards as always.    $875
 
God Rested
Origins

All Things Green


Origins

 Mixed Media/Fiber    36" W x 48" L
Let your personal choice of a scenario apply, God having fun or evolution picking and choosing this diversity of plant life. I enjoyed the creation of a cross section of vegetation growing naturally in different temperature zones all represented in the same piece. Subconsciously my traveling to these different zones began to appear. The desert cactus of the Sonora, the green conifers of the high ranges of Peru, the palm trees of Cuba, could all merge into this piece worshiping all things green. In our current world where too, many environments are being destroyed by the invasion of men, commerce and greed often overtaking these wonders of nature. I hope this piece becomes an ode to our planet, to understanding what is more important to the future of humanity.     $1,700
    
All Things Green
Origins

The Inbetween


      Origins    Mixed Media/Fiber    24"W x 36" L
This piece was intellectually the hardest piece in this series to create. It represents the forming of water and land with the seeds of early life. Artistic license took over as I tried the merge the origin story as told in the Bible with the origin story told from the scientific community. The fun of the whole idea is we still do not know for sure our origins, and although simplistic the rendition of a creator God dividing matter into land, sky and water has a childlike wonder to it. Again, being in a more abstract mode challenges me; I let telling the origin story be my paramount objective. For me, I still needed to visualize, swirling water around evolving land, the amoeba like shapes enabled me to move on to the creation of life. The evolution story  became where my creativity led me.  $875
    
The Inbetween
Origins

World of Animals


Mixed Media/Fiber   24" W x 36" L    
I think animals were created on day 5 in the Genesis version; it is hard to imagine all the many species happening in one day. But even Darwin’s explanation is hard to envision. In creating this piece, I chose some of the most evolved animals from the animal kingdom. Several years ago, I went on a vacation with my older daughter to South Africa and spent ten days living in a tent and venturing off every day on a safari. Once you have experienced these animals in the wild, you can never forget their beauty. There is something intrinsically charming about giraffes that move in a sort of awkward, ungainly motion. The elephants are awe inspiring in their strength. The hippos are sort of ugly, but can you imagine living with all that bulk?     $875
   
World of Animals
Origins

There is Light


Origins

Mixed Media/Fiber          24" W x 36" L

Origin's Series

Imagine the universe without the planets, the stars, the various moons, and suns. Looking up into our night sky it is easy to believe in an all-powerful God that says, “There shall be light, a light to light the night and a light to light the day.” Scientists explain how all the various lights in the sky evolved. Their theories will continue long beyond my lifetime. I quit struggling with these two conflicting stories and began creating lights for a dark sky. Many layers of paint, fabric, and paper later my interpretation of the universe evolved.    $875
   
There is Light
Origins

Sea and Sky


Origins

Mixed Media/Fiber       24" W x 36" L 
In college, I was a zoology major and I had a class that I had to memorize the names of all the genus and species. Animals start with amoeba and evolved through bacteria, and then into small swimming animals in the water. In the sea, fish evolved into many different species. Meanwhile reptiles were evolving on land, while their close cousins, the birds grew wings and feathers, and took to the sky. My 4th piece “Sea and Sky” was a joy to play with. Painting skies and water is one of my favorite artistic endeavors. Of course, I put the fish and birds in using collage and drawing to create them.  $875
 
Sea and Sky
Origins

In the Beginning


Origins

 Mixed Media/Fiber   24"W x 36" L

In the Beginning, Origin's Series, mixed media/fiber, 36"L x 24"W, FOR SALE $850

I have always loved the myths and stories around the origins of our universe. There are the eternal questions; “Where did we come from?”, “Where are we going? “In the beginning” just needed to flow from essentially nothingness to movement of shapes and shadows in what was sort of a void, but yet wasn’t. I enjoyed being totally in the abstract mindset; a creative journey for an artist who likes to see definable images in art. Theoretically, “In the Beginning”, could have simply been a blank black canvas; though I doubt anyone would enjoy looking at such a void.   $875
Size: 24” W x 36” L  For Sale   $875
In the Beginning
Origins

Vegetation Menagerie


    Mixed Media/Fiber    24" W x 36" L 
I admit that I certainly let my imagination run wild in “Vegetation Menagerie”. I intended to show the diversity of the earth’s plant life and somehow put remarkably diverse ecosystems all together. As an artist, I never know what images will emerge and demand to be included in a piece. It is clearly my muse leading me. But the truth is that in this piece I see all the many places I have visited merge together. I included the cypresses of Umbria with the cactus of the Sonoma Desert, the sunflowers of Kansas with the exotic bushes of Vietnam. The concept I wanted to portray is the absolute wonder of the plant life around us everywhere. We should take time to enjoy this plant life that we so often ignore. This plant life makes the very oxygen we need to breath; maybe we should cherish it. We should never forget how important it is to the future of the planet we live on.    $875
 
Vegetation Menagerie
Origins
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