nature calls

It's easy to find inspiration in the beauty of nature. But how the artist represents and arranges it is what separates one from another. Not often representing it in traditional or literal fashion, I add my elements, erosion, corrosion and imperfections that's typical of my work. 


Into the Light is decidedly personal for this artist. Creating this piece specifically for an artist's mindset challenge, I did some heavy soul-searching for its creation (something I don't do often with my works). And it's proven to be cathartic as well as a beauty for other's to behold, or so I've been told. There are many texture layers in this piece, especially for the dramatic sky. And a few surprises. Someone told me they saw a face in the clouds. That I did not intend.


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


'Hidden Tiger' was originally created 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, one of them an intentional water damage. 


Originally titled 'A Lonely Boab and Its Clear Reflection', admittedly that's a mouthful so the title was shortened 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 to create a piece that clearly says: Southern California, where even the gulls love body boards.