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A Contemplative Act in February 2016

From April to August 2014, I wrote a series of posts (notes) on the topic of Contemplative Studio Practice. They can be found on this website under No Pictures. The notes were the beginning of thinking, discussing and looking at artists work that I felt was part of a category and form that has a rich […]

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January 2016 Interview: Mark Making – Fire House Art Center

In January 2016 I had the opportunity to share space in an exhibition titled Mark Making, at the Firehouse Art Center in Longmont, CO.  As part of the exhibition, participants in the show were interviewed for the Firehouse Gallery Guide. Below is the interview that gives some insight into my work.   1.     Why do you […]

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the experiment

The drawing is beautiful – as I pictured it in my mind. But one never knows completely or does one? Is that too humble of an approach? Two points. 1. The work does look as I pictured it. 2. If I am interrupted when in thought about a work, I can and do reconstruct it […]

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a practice of being human

As I walk into the studio, bend down to take off my winter boots, place them specifically at the entrance – as if walking into sacred space; I sense the phrase practice of being human. This work, my work, is a contemplative studio practice that is about the meta cognitive aspects of being human; an investigation […]

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the view from there: thoughts on landscape from 2012-2014

In December I will be showing a small group of works at Artworks Loveland in a show titled The View from There. In October 2000 I made a long awaited move to the West. There were two major influences in my work; minimalism and land – earth – the soil, tierra, ground – whatever word one wants to use […]

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the bloodline

The Carucci girls, as my mom and aunts were called, became raw nerves as they got older. And then they died. They held everything within their bodies; sinew full with unshed tears, tense vocal cords stiff and ready to snap from 70, 80, 90 years of grief wrapped in silence. (Were they really any different […]

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urgency and the creative process

At this point in time the only moments that i do not feel a sense of urgency are when i am in the studio. The more fragility and flaw i can identify through my process the more i feel i have gotten to the core of the work. It is subtle. The kind of subtle […]

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another approach to looking at the work

It is dry on the mountain. More so than i remember – for quite some time. It is an extreme. Too much of one thing- out of balance.  And the work i am making is about less. As a colleague of mine said the other day, sometimes they think they would like to retreat to […]

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consumed

A deep solitary silence; resting in the sound of crickets, a small amount of food, and water. Feeling, literally, what it is to be hungry and wanting more; understanding how being consumed makes one consume.  A life can be consumed; eaten away by discursive thoughts, unnecessary words and actions of the day. Redundancies as opposed […]

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Agnes Martin and Zen

Zen Master Eihei Dogen (1200 -1253) writes: Loving fame is worse than breaking a precept. Breaking a precept is a transgression at a particular time. Loving Fame is like an ailment of a lifetime. Do not foolishly hold on to fame, or do not ignorantly accept it. Not to accept fame is continuous practice. To […]

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