Dancing Trees

Dancing Trees, Pastel and Watercolor on Buff Paper, 22 x 30

I tend to shy away from titles like this. It just fits though. I don't like to romanticize or anthropomorphize nature. Nature just is and even though this may seem to be a work of fantasy, the live oaks, when they lose their leaves the branches are seen to bend and twist in fantastical ways.


2017-03-09, 30 x 22 1/2, Pastel on buff paper

In the fall, in the afternoon, the sun hits the tops of the trees in a distinct orange band. I tried to capture that without being too heavy handed. The media is pastel, size 30 x 22 1/2.  

Nature and Abstraction

I make a mark that calls to be completed by another mark. The accumulation delineates leaf and branch, water flow, rocks and rock fall, in seemingly random ways. Like nature it may happen without thought but it is by no means random, just not fully understood. Action creates a response in art and in nature.

Dead Bird

This was first done in 2014 around the same time as the larger birds, #4. I reworked it in 2016, cleaning it up to a certain extent and darkening the blacks. This is, like the large birds a work of imagination, although based on a relatively common site. We found this cuckoo on our front …

Look Up, Look Down #2

Much of what I started doing about this time (2013-14) started focusing more on imagined detail. I say imagined since I mostly don't work from photographs or directly from life. The drawings in this series involve the often overlooked, seemingly insignificant detail. These are things that in a well manicured environment would be eliminated. Since …