I have always loved faces. No wonder i've been drawing & painting portraiture since i was 10. Horses, too.
I did not go to Art School, just kept drawing/painting quietly. I stayed with black & white & monochromes until i discovered real color, in the SouthWest, where i re-located in 1991. Yes, there was a Vision Quest, & a massive break-through; i immersed myself in color for the first time , drinking it in; reflecting the pure light
of North Facing Magic Mountains...
Many of my pieces are created by drawing first, then using an oil stick later. I love the colors! Floral patterns. Combinations suggest moods, temperatures, juxtapositions, ironic, sad beauty that is not meant to be just easy to look at; someone said to me once "You don't do happy art, do you?" and i replied "is it happy what was done to Native Peoples, here & around the World? There is a transcendence, though, when healing your Spirit & Soul, which i did & continue to ...
Thanks to an association with Painter Aaron Freeland, i learned the technique, began using watercolrs with the oils, etc. & also went into Hand Graphics in Santa Fe, where we pulled lots of prints for indian Market. Being apprenticed was far better than going to art school, i think; there's no experience like Real Life to give a certain quality to your work, because your Soul expresses it! Many of these faces are based upon black & white photos from the Legendary E.S. Curtis, a real Pioneer on so many levels in His Time. He caught the
essence of the Natives, he saw the Changeing World in their Eyes. Being given permission to do these original works was important to me, so i got my Teacher's & His Mom's Blessing on it. I hope they are well, although I lost contact some time ago, especially when i moved to the West Coast in 2000.
Over the Years i continued drawing & I traded, prayed (did sweat-lodge-Ceremonies of Healing) fasted, feasted, & was invited to many of their Sacred Ceremonies & Dances, many which I went to, always with a song in my Heart & some sage & tobacco for give away; every time i visited the Pueblo... I remember an Enchanted Decade i lived in Taos.
By the Time i got to Big Sur, i was given the opportunity to work in a magical space; so i did this series. Some of these pieces went to New York City, SoHo, just before the WallStreet dive...that was the same year as the SurFire of '08 & i had to re-locate the art due to fire danger (Big Sur burned all Summer.) I harvested wild sweet peas, Chanterelles (mushrooms), lemons, apples, & grew my own lettuce & tomatoes, mint for tea...alot/lived on, that summer... & learned how important it is to rely on yourself & Nature, who provides, if you know where/how to find it!
The Soundtrack is from my awesome Friend Jeff Oster , whose music has been inspiring me since i met him in Autumn of 2000...His music is soothing, healing & recharging all at the same time. Thank you, Jeff for your kind Soul & Sweet Spirit, and permission to use your awesome music. Cheers.
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