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gunpowder green

Sun, pink, illuminates mountains outside the studio window. Pink, then changing to orange. Me in silence, Serendipity sits in the window.  New paintings for the new year – i clear a space off the studio table so she can sit. At 7:30am, continuing to squeeze the last absolute breaths of this immensely creative time away […]

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Myth and Process

Making work is a struggle. That is not a myth. It is a truth. The myth is that the struggle of making work is a myth. Somewhere along the way with more money and education, a larger market system, better medicine, and looking like and thinking we will live forever-we forgot we are fucking human and […]

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Something Happened

Something Happened. Yes, something did happen, somewhere between the 51st and 52nd year. Some may equate this with a 21st Century mid-life crisis; but no sports car, affair, divorce, or job change. Some may say “Oh, you did not come to this conclusion earlier?” whatever the case, there is a very tangible shift. It seems to be outside […]

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In the Making

I think of Andy Goldsworthy this morning. In the film Rivers and Tides, when he is in the kitchen having breakfast with his family. You know the scene. Every maker who has witnessed that film knows that scene. It betrays Goldsworthy’s (and our) need for the slowness, silence, introspection and magic required to make work […]

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“2. the substance of the land surface; soil: a layer of earth.”

“2. the substance of the land surface; soil: a layer of earth.” – Oxford Dictionary I”m driving up the road to the house. Jason Aldean is singing Amarillo Sky, another of his eloquent anthems about land and farming. Listening to some of the beautiful moments in the song, i am thinking of my grandfather – […]

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Rethinking 21st Century American Landscape I (the heart of the matter)

The work is layered with earth. Similar to the natural layering over time – except compressed. In this case it is minutes, hours, and days.  In the time of its existence it is also years, decades, centuries, and millennia. American Landscape painting, its context, material and technique – brought into the 21st Century. What is […]

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