Art, Shadows, and Light in the Darkness...

Thursday, December 11, 2008

A Change Of Pace...

Do you ever simply just need a change? I know from time to time I do-this is one of those times. I have been a mixed media artist for about 20 years. I mostly create paintings, and more recently have added photographic and Photoshopic elements to my work. However, the scale has pretty much remained the same-usually wall hung pieces on panel or canvas.

For me to continue growing as an artist, I've decided I need to get really drastic with my routine. With that in mind, I have begun exploring the idea of making found object jewelry. Yes, jewelry-something I hardly ever wear, aside from my wedding band that is, yet a medium with great potential and possibility. At the very least, I love the scale, and how the thought process of creating a piece of wearable art is very different from painting, photography, or even working in Photoshop. It truly is a nice change of pace...

To that end here are some new examples. Enjoy.

Pleasures of Memory- Found Object Brooch

Pleasures of Memory- Found Object Brooch

Time to Fly- Found Object Necklace


Time to Fly- Back Detail


Friday, November 21, 2008

Under These Stones

Under These Stones

Posted in About My Work, Art Happenings, Installations, Photography, art with tags , , , , on November 21, 2008 by candlesandghosts

Hello All,

I just wanted to drop a quick line to let you know that I have a new show of my photography opening tonight at Through This Lens gallery in Durham, NC. The show is titled, “Under These Stones: Vanishing Reflections of Rural North Carolina”, and it represents the first major show of my work in over three years. Piedmont Restaurant will be catering the reception which runs from 6-9 p.m., and the show itself will run through the end of December. Below is a link to the web page I have created for the show, and also there is a link to the Through This Lens gallery website. Hope to see you there!


Thursday, November 6, 2008

Ferris Wheels

Ah, to be a kid again...nothing like that sinking feeling of your stomach in your throat...I shot this image at the NC State Fair on a beautiful fall evening; it was one of 5 this year. I do wonder sometimes what happens when they are tearing this thing down, moving to a new place, reassembling it, and then realizing at the end that they have a bolt or two left over..."You mean it costs 10.00 for a one minute ride, and on top of that I could die?! Sounds like fun!!"


O.K. so maybe I'm in a bit of a cynical mood today, now that we don't have the election to brood over any more, I wonder what we're all going to do with our leftover angst. I keep expecting someone to pinch me and say, "there was a problem with a few of the ballots in Florida..." It seems like its been forever since we had a democratic process that actually worked the way its supposed to. Kind of makes me feel like getting on this Ferris Wheel just to relive the sensation one more time...anyway hope you enjoy the art.

Friday, June 20, 2008

The Escape Artist

Here is another new piece the I have been recently working on-it’s called, “The Escape Artist”, and is part of a new series of whimsical pieces that explore the notion of dreams, both lost and found, and how as we go through life, we are often compromise or change our dreams, instead of following them fully.

Enjoy. Oh, and if you’d like to see more from the series you can click here.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Another Piece

Here is a second image from the series- this shot is from Falls Lake in northeast North Carolina-these trees should be about halfway underwater. This is how bad the drought is locally. The water can be seen about 150 yards away in the background of this image.tree-landscape-10.jpg

If you'd like to purchase a small version of this image, you can click on the link above.

Friday, February 22, 2008

The Hidden South

With the start of a new year I have been creating an entirely new series of art. The working title for this series is, "The Hidden South" - it is composed of many images I have shot during my recent travels. I am in my mid-thirties, and in the past several years, I have been through every southern state but West Virginia and Kentucky, and I am amazed at how much change (ie, development, globalization) has occured since I was a child. So many areas are almost unrecognizable now, and yet if you take a minute to look beyond the construction signs and asphalt roads, you can still catch glimpses of the south I grew up with-a place of stillness and beauty, much of it unchanged for the past hundred or more years. Below is one of the first pieces from the series- Enjoy.

You can see more pieces from this series here.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

A guarantee of sanity,,,

A friend of mine brought this great card back to me from London-


-Louise Bourgeois

I don't think there is much more I can say...