Friday, February 22, 2013

 Back in December of 2012 I was fortunate enough to move into a studio in White Salmon Washington. Since then I have been making work aggressively and have had little time to write for my blog. I am making an effort to do a weekly update. I'm going to do a quick background on what I've been up to for the last few months.

This is my desk where the magic happens.
Very beginning of the blue piece.
I began working on wood with texture mediums about two years ago and mainly dabbled in technique and color application and effects. Currently I'm working on a  body of work playing with the idea of predatory flight and freedom through place. My recent work isgreatly inspired by my new(er) home in Husum, Washington.

Living in the Columbia River Gorge is an endless source of inspiration.  I frequently see Red Tail Hawks and Bald Eagles when I'm outside hiking or kayaking, for me these birds of prey evoke a sense of place, of home. Driving to work or to play we are constantly surrounded by beautiful orchards, basalt cliffs, and bending grasses.

Home is very dear to me as I have worn many hats and called many places 'home.' It is my constant shifting of where I call home that drives me to make art. My dwelling is in my heart, as I have gleaned little bits of everywhere I've lived and formed them into my own place that cannot be mapped. 
I am constantly working on ideas and exploring imagery. Below is my studio and the first two (of hopefully many!) pieces based on my life here in the Gorge.

 I hope you enjoy!

Before varnish on top, after varnish on bottom.
More hawks after varnishing.

Commission in the works for a local business owner in Hood River.

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