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Painting Gallery Statement

My paintings are about the mystery and majestry that surround us here in the southwest.

The clarity of light in New Mexico allows us to see vast distances, view the interaction of land forms with the sky, watch shadows chase each other across the land as light reveals or obscures, softens or hardens forms, and seemingly brings them closer or pushes them away.

I sometimes paint the ancient caves and ruins of the Anasazi, sometimes the old adobe mission-ruins. I'm aware of the mystery and sacredness that surround these silent witnesses. Occasionally, "empty" white figures emerge to walk through my paointed landscape like a presence from the distant desert past.

Birds or feathers are another important and reoccuring theme which become windows opening into this Land of Enchantment and into a quiet spaciousness of heart.

As I wandered around and through the crumbling stones, adobe and timbers of the various ruins, I found I wanted to express the cumulative feeling of place through time. So I opened the paintings to abstract rhythmic patterns containing fragments, shards, of the whole -- a whole that can never be seen in all its detail or entirety from one viewpoint. The intent of these paintings is a journey.

I work in pastel, watercolor, and oil because I enjoy all three media and feel each imparts a particular mood and tactile experience.

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