natural wonder

It's not difficult to find inspiration in the beauty of nature, many artists do. But how the artist represents it is what separates one from another. Not often representing it in traditional or literal fashion, I add the elements of erosion and the illusion of 'age' that's typical of my work. Beauty is not exclusive of flaws or age, illustory or otherwise, if one has the eyes to see it.


Starting with dark and distressed, which is typical of my work, I added the feathers in vivid pops of color. A contrast I hope makes for an eye-catching composition. Dark themes work best when contrasting with something light, bright or whimsical.   


I originally created 'Hidden Tiger' to donate to a silent auction. I wanted a piece that was arresting in color and composition. It took several effects layers to accomplish the vibrant tropical foliage and, as is typical of my work, added several textures. If one looks like water damage, it was intentional.  

Fall boasts foliage with vibrant color (even here in Southern California, contrary to popular belief). There's a crispness in the air along with the excitement of the coming holiday season. I wanted to convey that excitement with a bold and energetic color palette, not typical of the usual Fall colors, while adding a bit of Japanese flair for the exoticism that's much a part of my artwork. 


The inspiration for this artwork came from my sister-in-law who asked me to draw her something as a gift. Her illustration, representative of her faith, inspired me to take a few of the elements and modify it as a sister image. This particular piece represents finding peace and freedom through diversity and pain.  


Originally titled 'A Lonely Boab and Its Clear Reflection', admittedly that's a bit of a mouthful so I shortened it to  'A Lonely Boab'. It represents the times in life when one feels alone. While many fear solitude, it can be a time to clearly reflect, without interference or distraction, on life's worth and purpose. 


This whimsical piece, with a mid-century flavor, started as a photo my sister-in-law snapped at Corona del Mar Beach in Southern California. I wanted an art piece that clearly says: Southern California beach where even the gulls love body boards. 

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 Ecclesiastes 3:11