:: Bindu Series :: greeting cards
The word Bindu is from the ancient language of Sanskrit, and designates the center point of a mandala. And, mandala is another Sanskrit word that means sacred circle or the whole of everything. I make mandalas as a meditative exploration. I don’t plan them out, I just let them unfold. These images are reproduced from original mandalas made on canvas with acrylic paint, metallic paint, and beads.
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:: Earth Series :: greeting cards
The Earth Series images were all found within close proximity to my home in Three Rivers. I have three doors leading to the outside, and large windows on all the walls, framing the foothills, buckeye trees, buckbrush, quail dances, raven shadows, mountain and sky.
This canyon gives me the real walls for where I live. I remember my grandmother saying one day, over thirty years ago, as we took a walk near her home here, “These hills are like the arms of God wrapped around me.”
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:: Hatchery Series :: greeting cards
The Hatchery Series images were photographed during a one day art exhibition in the small Sierra Nevada foothill community of Badger, California. The show was called “Free Range” and included a wide range of art, some installation work as well as monoprints, paintings, collage, photography and video. The building was actually a series of several large Butler buildings joined together. It was originally built by the group called Synanon which lived on the property many years ago. The huge structure had been used briefly as a charter school, then abandoned to the cows and ghosts. It has been re-invented as The Hatchery.
The Hatchery artists pulled up some of old carpeting, tidied it up but not too much, and used some of the found materials and walls to create new art. I was literally mesmerized by the space, and my camera lens attached itself to scene after scene. I could not stop making photographs as I meandered through the immense “rooms”.
This one day experience came about with some elbow grease, an organic vision via a handful of gifted artists (some local, some from the Bay Area) and showed how creative expression does not have to be a big production. I look forward to the next hatching from this group (they call themselves the Shadequarter Artists Initiative) and another breakthrough look-see.
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:: Wu Wei Series :: greeting cards
Wu Wei Wu means doing non-doing. It comes from the Taoist tradition, not so easy to write words that describe it. I have not attached myself to the outcome of these mandala-like collages. Each image was made from my original photographs. Taoist photoshop can be quite fun.
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:: Bark Series :: greeting cards
The Bark Series images were all made from original photographs of one pine tree, growing in the courtyard of the Fresno Art Museum. The natural world does not call itself an artist, yet in every aspect of its existence, art is living. This tree stood very still for me as I made hundreds of photographs of it. It was hard to leave, but I will be back.
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