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Birth of a Painting Series IX: "Solid Footing, Trees and Rocks".

" A beautiful thing calls forth things that are 
beautiful in kind..."
                                  Tung Chung-Shu
Nature Series:
My art consists of a combination of video installations and paintings, which form an exploration of the sights and sounds of water. Focusing on a natural vista, the viewer may experience the crashing of waves, the roar of a whitewater river, and the sounds of a brook working its way downward, in the cycle of movement, back to the ocean.

Photo by D.A. Hartley
My paintings create a tactile experience for the viewer, transforming the gallery into a visual world of life sized natural forms which mirror the existing environment. The paintings are sculptural, created on large wood panels, with deep texture, stains and oils are worked into the wood. The videos are of natural events, surrounding the viewer with the gentle or crashing sounds of water, designed to include the viewer within the artwork.
"Lost Canyon".

Paintings in this video:
“Lost Canyon”, mixed media on wood, 4’ x 6’, 2005. Private collection.
“Blossom Peak”, mixed media on wood, 4’ x 6’, 2004. Private collection.
“Aspen”, mixed media on wood, 4’ x 6’, 2002. Private collection.
“Starlight”, mixed media on canvas, diptych, 76” x 54”, 2004. Private collection.
“Old Friends”, mixed media on wood, 4’ x 8’, 2001. Courtesy of the artist.
“Old Oak and Rock”, oil on canvas, unfinished, 2017-2018.
”Cypress and Basalt”, mixed media on wood, 4’ x 6’, 2006. Private collection.
“Aspens”, mixed media, gold on wood, diptych, 6’ x 8’, 2006. Private collection.
“Tao”, cast bronze, 10.5” x 22”, 2002. Collection of the artist.
Art Exhibitions for this series:
  1. Water! 2008, Conley Art Gallery, Fresno, CA. Solo Exhibition
  2. Icons, 2004, Three Person Exhibition, Fourth Street Art Gallery, Berkeley, CA.
  3. Temporal Man in Nature, 2002, Cort Gallery, Three Rivers, CA. Solo Exhibition.
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