I was impressed with to Southern Oregon Magazine’s section this past issue on creativity. They did an interview with me and a great photo spread inside the magazine, as well as giving me the cover (a surprise!). They changed my painting quite a bit, but still an honor!
Something always happens when I travel. It’s like I am shaken loose of the walls that I wan’t even cognizant of, keeping me in some sort of neat package of day to day sameness. Not only did I experience art – saturating myself with as much as humanly possible (on a very tight schedule), but I also experienced the people through playing music. I began my travels in Paris, Copenhagen, and London where I met up with Jeff Pevar and we went on to Italy for our duet tour. In Copenhagen I was fortunate enough to meet some of the Danish family that I had not yet met and I fell in love with them. I am so excited to return, it was like coming home, truly.
Jeff Pevar and I played duet shows in Florence, Milan, Venice & Rome. The grand finale to the trip was in Rome at one of their most famous Blues clubs, Big Mamas, with several very talented Italian musicians sitting in with us. When I returned I immediately returned to my studio and produced this painting (above) the first week, and began a new sculpture that is still in the works (I will post that later!). I have two new sculptures that I have just completed in bronze as well!
The experience of being immersed in art and music everyday was overwhelming – I think I am still processing all of it. Upon our return, we have had 4 events this month. Including 3 concerts, an art exhibition, and open studio tour weekend at Enclāve Studios. I am also preparing for an exhibition of my bronze sculptures in Palo Alto, CA, at Bryant Street Gallery in the Spring. In the midst of all of this, Jeff and I are recording an album. This week we finished recording one of our newest songs. I guess when it rains creativity, it POURS. I feel so grateful for the opportunity to create in all these different ways and bring a little joy to this strange world. Our lives teeter on the edge of something new and different at all moments, I am attempting to squeeze every last bit out of life as I know how fleeting it is, and how one can be so “busy” as to rarely savor what IS.
On my way to European adventures…looking forward to inspiration for sculpture & paintings and excited to play several shows with Jeff Pevar in Italy!
We had a beautiful & successful night at our studios last weekend. I did not count, but at least a thousand people came through, enthusiastic and ready to soak in all the new art!
I discovered that my involvement in the arts was not optional many years ago. The desire to harvest a burning idea has always been unrelenting. I have yet to find a respite from this changing, writhing beast we call art or expression, humbly in service to it’s whims through painting, sculpting, songwriting and singing.
The persistent thread in my own work is movement. It finds itself in foreground images such as the hair of a figure or trees, and in the background. I know that my muse will let me do nothing else. If I diverge I believe it secretly knows that I am not being authentic.
In movement there is change, ‘the only constant’ (Hericlitus). This amorphous concept is what I find emerging in my work, time and time again. In this collection it finds a more specific way to express itself – through the element of wind. In essence, every culture’s heart, mind and soul are metaphorically changing and expanding like the wind.
I find respite in knowing that our human collective will change and grow and my idealism believes that there it will eventually flourish. The great painter Georges Braque said, “Art is a wound turned to light”. My aim is to communicate something elemental so it may stir change – or even revelation.
Offer up the light of a castle tower
Shine to the world the inside
Hold compassion for those
who cannot find their own divinity
Make nothing inaccessible
Nothing out of reach
Be a lighthouse
For the dimming sky
Be respite for loves anchor
Allow the minds abyss to fall away
Return always to what is pure
Be brave in the fall of the night
As you take steps
off the cliffs of purpose
You are the shining sea
and the widening moon
Never to waver in love
-Inger Nova Jorgensen
DISSENT OF THE FORM Painting Series
Since a very young age, the concept of form has been significant in my life (and in my work) while I have often longed to be free of it. Society at large is unrelentingly connected to outer appearance, and what shape things are supposed to take or to be. Admittedly, I have also been caught up in this illusion, simultaneously protesting the importance of it, and secretly practicing some of it’s many bad habits without hesitation.
My paintings and sculpture have mostly been figurative or representational in some way, and I am fairly certain that this body of work is a step towards my personal resurrection out of attachment to form and my rebellion from it’s confines on many levels. The simplification of images, brushstrokes, color and line, as well as the directness of the painting style, have presented me with a glimpse into authentic expression without the imposition of creating “spiritual significance”, as in most of my past work.
In my estimation, everything in existence has spiritual significance, and it is more about being present to the moment of creation, than about how much supposed meaning one has applied to a composition.
This work is reminiscent of a wider stride towards exploring the freedom of being, and the detachment from the ideas of who or what we are supposed to be in accordance with societal pressures. These paintings may not be my answer, but while moving further away from representational objects, and away from the detailed presence of the human figure, I am being freed to allow something to emerge that I believe will not only evolve my painting and sculpture, but will translate into multiple aspects of my life.
You may view these paintings on this site at:
I have been traveling the US & abroad for much of the summer and always mean to sit down to my website for a blog post, telling of all the edge-of-your-seat tales from my adventures. However, I never seem to get much further than my journal and that thing called a pencil, which is even beginning to feel sometimes foreign with the invention of my iphone.
So here I am, home now, and honestly as many states and countries that I have reached this year, I believe I have equally reached the equivalent on my “inner journey’- and I am not going to begin a leap into Eat Pray Love, but I just wish to state for the record that life on this strange planet, is confusing, and beautiful- and I am thrilled to be able to experience the elation of creative heights through art & music, and also happy for the contrast of the lows, which have allowed for deeper understanding of the fact that the more I think I know (yes, the cliche seems true), the less I know. It is a lovely, yet treacherous path which I am doubtful I will ever fully understand without complete transcendence of the body.
So with that, I am forging into yet another body of work- paintings, sculpture…and music.
Thank you for exploring my website- my latest 3 paintings under “new works”, are based on the many incredible structures of worship that I visited in Europe -once again- mind blown at the complexity of these buildings and how they were built without the use of modern technology. There is so much I could speak on regarding these structures, but I will leave these to the viewer, as I work from feeling and hope that you feel something as well if see the work.
I returned home on May 16, 2015 from a trip East, where I stopped in Florida and was fortunate enough to swim in both the Atlantic & the Gulf side. I was reminded of the romance of the luscious waters and white sands, and despite the crowds, I was able to entirely soak in the gratifying experience of being immersed in such wonders as these immense bodies of water.
When I returned home, I was shocked and horrified to hear the news of an oil pipeline spill, which washed over 101,000 gallons of crude oil onto a beautiful beach that I have a personal connection to in Santa Barbara County. This heartbreaking news came just as I was to create new paintings for this opening, and the images of the ocean began permeating my movements through the studio as I experimented with these techniques that you can see in my “New Works” section, entitled, “Memoir of the Ocean”.
I recalled some footage I recorded in Florida with my iphone of my shadow moving over the waves (this is a still from the footage) and as I watched it for the first time, I was mesmerized by how it spoke to me. The ocean and it’s presence on the planet is a blessing to us all, and to the many species that inhabit it.
I created these shadow scenes as a visual “Memoir of the Ocean”, a dedication to these great bodies of water, with a prayer to the world that the films, photos, paintings (and all the images we create of our crystal clear waters), not be just memories, and not just a shadow in our minds.
This work is steeped in the hope for true stewardship, the connection of humans & nature and the infinite possibilities of this relationship. The permeable backgrounds and foregrounds lend themselves to a way for the viewer to imagine, and potentially experience, the intimacy of our connection with this sacred place and the responsibility we have as Guardians of the place we call home.