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New Work

It is about that time. A new statement about the work. I don’t know exactly what it will look like. So i start here. Parts of this will make its way to my website where i write about my philosophy and process. -Less this time – there is less to say. Interested in simplifying further. […]

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…and all of it – a privilege

Notes for and to my students…. I often talk with you about your studio practice. No Pictures is dedicated, in part, to you because you ask how I do what I do. My hope is that this curiosity extends itself to the study and understanding of how others do what they do in this field. […]

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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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For the Thought: “All I ever wanted to do was paint”/ “All I want to do is paint”

To follow your heart takes particular stillness. And it takes confidence and some fear as well. It takes willingness to be alone in your decisions. This is because to follow your heart is to be genuine. Many are not willing to be truly genuine, as a result they spend unnecessary time pondering you. The energy […]

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Notes for another generation of cultural workers

In 1996 I left a full time career at the School of the Art institute of Chicago. I was 34. I had started attending classes there when I was 16. At 18 I was working in the department of art education and on my BFA. The rest of the years were spent making my work, […]

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Body and Place in the West (April 2013)

I live and work on a mountain. My paintings come to me as complete works. Each is a visual flash of thoughts and feelings as I move through, look and feel the place in which I live. My materials include the landscape (earth). Landscape is multidimensional – the paintings are a document of that multidimensionality. […]

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New Mexico – July

People who fear spirit cannot survive in New Mexico –I am called there and also to southern Colorado and Wyoming – because of their vastness and because of what is not said – but is understood in the ground that generations have walked upon. I am not “supposed” to have a current relationship to this […]

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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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