"Edge of the Fire", Mixed Media on Paper, 24" x 36", Detail
What fills your heart this month?
My heart is filled with joy as I prepare to give an important gift to an organization I love this Valentine's Day. Last Fall I decided become a more active advocate for the places and creatures that mean so much to me. A percentage of every sale is now donated to the Nature Conservancy, which does so much to protect the wild lands that inspire my work. Thank you for making this and future contributions possible.
I'm also filled with gratitude to be working with two new partners. The incredible folks at RAREculture source artwork from around the world for art buyers and design professionals, creating customized spaces where paintings are part of a carefully curated environment. And, I've been selected for a new online gallery featuring artists hand-picked from our global community. At this e-commerce site patrons browse and purchase work from the comfort of home and their selections are delivered to their door. Visit this outstanding collective of Artists at PotatoMike.
On my trail run yesterday the weather was changing rapidly. It was dusk when I stepped onto the wooded path; the ground was saturated after hours of hard rain that had only recently stopped. The grey was scurrying to the East, while the West held the soft orange-yellow glow of day’s end. A pair of mallards foraged in the giant water holes the rain created. I could hear the wind in the tips of the branches and feel it on my back. As the sky slowly filled again with deep grey clouds, the glow from the sunset became more focused and demanding of my attention. It was as if I was at the edge of a campfire when the rain returned. Running through the woods in that rain, I was one with the landscape. This is what I hold in my soul and carry into the studio each day. This is what I offer back to you with my art.
"The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place: from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider’s web." ~Pablo Picasso
As always, you are welcome to commission me directly and of course shop the galleries that represent me in Washington if you live out this way; their links are below. Please don't hesitate to contact me if you would like help making a selection.