“An artist in my view is always afraid of extremists…”

Monday, December 27, 2010

“An artist in my view is always afraid of extremists; he is always afraid of those who claim to have found the ultimate solution to any question.” ~ CHINUA ACHEBE

Ah yes, the “ultimate solution.” I doubt the scientist as much as the religious fundamentalist. I mean, does anyone really believe they can find a formula to write on the chalkboard that will “explain it all?” It’s as absurd as believing you can find all the answers to your personal life in a book. You have to live and gain experience, all the while keeping your eyes and mind wide open if you hope to gain even a little wisdom, there are no shortcuts.

Here is an image captured in camera, then turned into a piece of digital art on the computer. Although altered from the original, it expresses the experience very well.



“Art is my spiritual path….”

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

“Art is my spiritual path…. Art is my prayer, my ritual, my remembrance of the Divine. Art is the way I knit together the beliefs and practices that guide my life.”     ~ Pat B. Allen

For me, art is my way of expressing my love of life and my love of this precious world we live upon. To me the earth is indeed a mother, who has given birth to all the marvelous creatures, including the plants, fungus and the rest of this incredibly divergent menagerie that inhabit this fantastic sphere. My love drives me to want to help preserve it and help others to see it’s divine nature.

Here is an image of the wild Deschutes river in Bend, Oregon, the whole of the Deschutes wilderness is a beautiful, unspoiled space.



“Art is not a handicraft, it is the transmission of feeling the artist has experienced.”

Monday, December 20, 2010

“Art is not a handicraft, it is the transmission of feeling the artist has experienced.”     ~ Leo Tolstoy

Feeling, vision, mood, atmosphere, these are all words meaning roughly the same thing for the artist, the desire to transmit an experience or experiences to the viewer. Anyone can create an image, only the artist who has mastered his craft can successfully share his vision on a consistent basis. This is the goal that every true artist works toward their whole life long.

I consider myself a “colorist.” I love Matisse, Bonnard, Nolde and all the other artists that championed color, yet I believe black and white best transmits the feeling of this scene, time, and place.



“The art of art, the glory of expression, and the sunshine of the light of letters, is simplicity.”

Friday, December 17, 2010

“The art of art, the glory of expression, and the sunshine of the light of letters, is simplicity.”     ~ Walt Whitman

Simplicity, so powerful, so little understood. In art simplicity means giving just enough information, so that the viewer can enter into the image in a participatory manner, filling in the details from their own imagination and experiences. Simplicity means to capture the essentials, leaving out the distracting and non essential.

Here is an image that, I believe, fits the bill for simplicity.



“Whether it is the beautiful that brings to our hearts the love of truth and justice…”

Monday, December 13, 2010

“Whether it is the beautiful that brings to our hearts the love of truth and justice, or whether it is truth that teaches us how to find the beautiful in nature and how to love it, in either case art does a noble work. It drags out the soul from its everyday shell, and brings it under the spell of its own mysterious and wonderful power, so that a memory of this experience stays with the people, sustains them in their daily labors, and refines their minds.”     ~ HELENA MODJESKA

Let us never forget that the work of the artist is important in many, many ways. That it is indeed noble work and just as important, if not more so than any work that can be done by mankind. It requires great discipline and hard work for an artist to reach her prime. Art keeps the vision of the soul alive and shines a light on the beauty of the world. It is a “mysterious and wonderful power” that has burned within the hearts and minds of humanity from earliest times, as the cave paintings, and petroglyphs prove.

Here is an image of Multnomah Falls, outside Portland, OR, in the Columbia River Gorge. It has been captured many times, so it is a challenge to capture something new and fresh. I feel I have managed to do so by not concentrating on the falls themselfs, but merely hinting at their power.



“My spirit has ways of seeing that my eyes cannot comprehend.”

Friday, December 11, 2010

My spirit has ways of seeing that my eyes cannot comprehend.”     ~ Philippe Benichou

I feel my job, as an artist, is to make visible, as much as possible this seeing of the spirit. Some call this vision, but it doesn’t much matter what you call it, as long as you find a way to express it to others. The spirit is deep and has ways of seeing deeply into things that might just appear commonplace and without significance to others. The artist must mine the depths, and make them visible to others if her work is to be vital and of consequence.

Here is an image captured in my own back yard at the end of a day spent imaging in the Columbia Gorge. I joke it was the best image of the day; probably would not have been captured if I had not been imaging all day and therefore ready for the opportunity!



“We live only to discover beauty. All else is a form of waiting.”

Monday, December 6, 2010

“We live only to discover beauty. All else is a form of waiting.” ~ Kahlil Gibran

Beautiful quote. For me, beauty is easy to find. I live in Oregon stated, all I have to do is go outdoors! But seriously, it makes me happy that the world, as troubled as it sometimes seems, if still full of beauty if we will but see it.

The Columbia River Gorge is beautiful at almost anytime, but this particular day, it was simply fabulous with fog, mists and clouds everywhere; the sun would break though here and there, then just as suddenly it would be gone again.


“How glorious a greeting the sun gives the mountains!“

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

“How glorious a greeting the sun gives the mountains!”     ~ John Muir

The mountains and the sun have a love affair going on. They seem to leap for joy when they encounter one another. Together they are possessors of true power, controlling the weather and inspiring our souls to peace and tranquillity.

Here is an image captured on a very foggy day up on Crown Point in the Oregon Gorge, with the sun breaking through here and there, now and again. A very magical experience.