The Comfort Zone
Acrylic and Fossilized Abalone Specimens | 7” x 5” | $285
Perhaps relaxation and comfort occurs while sitting on bright rocks overlooking the rhythmic flow of abalone currents. Unusual forms, fanciful colors, and spontaneous washes combine in this imagined place in time. The solid rocks were cut from the board like a jigsaw puzzle and hoisted in low relief above shimmering currents and alluring mountains.
Acrylic on Board | 5” x 7” | $295
As chemical and physical conditions align, layers of embedded shales are potential hosts to “marcasite dollars.” This sulfide mineral form served as a catalyst to fire my imagination. Color, fibrous habitat, and the quirky cock’s comb appearance of marcasite came to life with line and texture. Miners referred this as a marcasite sun; I chose to suspend the image as a two-dimensional moon floating in an illusional landscape.
Splash Copper Trees
Acrylic and Splash Copper Specimens on board | 23” diameter | $2,900
The beauty and elegance of copper encouraged my commitment to this lustrous metal resulting in a “splash copper” painting. Copper is heated to 2200 degrees F, poured into straw and when cooled, a chemical patina is applied before polishing the metal. Acrylics and alcohol inks spontaneously flowed around the copper, resulting in birch foliage that presses against an aqua sky as white trunks enter a void of warmth.
Blaze at Stockade Lake
Acrylic and Malachite Crystals | 16” x 11” | $750
Ponderosa pines of the Black Hills are constantly in sight and consistently in the visual of my mind. Creative thoughts leaped between green luminous malachite crystals to pines resulting in an image of embedded crystals fingered by mystical clouds and reflected on still waters of Stockade Lake, Custer State Park. This acrylic painting captures a haze of cool serenity and hints at the remembrance of past fires within the Park.
Black Hills Profile
Acrylic and Azurite Crystals | 8” x 8” | SOLD
The tallest peak in the Black Hills delivers a breathtaking view with every return trip from Rapid City to my studio near Rockerville, SD. The magnificent granite profile reflects sunshine that dances in my face and deeply shelters in shadows. Embedded azurite crystals join acrylic paint to form a monumental image of Black Elk Peak. Paintbrush strokes release whispy cirrus clouds, green diagonal shores, and surreal images secreted in cool water.
Roots through Rocks
Acrylic and Jasper Specimens on board | 27” diameter | $3,850
Pine tree seeds miraculously germinate on rock surfaces and saplings forcibly extend roots downward through rocks and soil in a search for water and nutrients. This life quest for longevity was visible when snow and wind downed a mature tree near my studio, exposing a massive root structure clutching fragments of rock. Gnarled roots in this circular painting emerged with sweeping strokes of magenta backed by smoky greys. Detailed brushstrokes document a growth of twists and turns. The encapsulated jasper rocks glow with saturated reds, purples, and mauves.
Proustite and Silver
Acrylic and Metal on board | 15” x 30” | $1,285
Scarlet crystalline faces of proustite visually lift me to a color high. These rare hexagonal crystals fade in sunlight; to conjure a time out of mind, sculpted crystals were created with acid-free mat board. Strokes of layered acrylic paint detail vivid linear striations and reflected prisms within the crystalline forms. Proustite is a mineral ore and, as such, chrome plating represents the embedded “silver.” This art piece shares the beauty and addictive allure of proustite while attaining a reflective degree of permanence.
Quartz and Gold
Acrylic, Styrofoam, and Metal on board | 15” x 30” | $1,285
Quartz is a predominant mineral within the 1.8 billion-year-old granite of the Black Hills SD. Molten magma emerged from the Earth’s mantle and cooled over thousands of years near the Earth’s surface. This mountain forming event flowed through my mind resulting in this mixed-media piece. Milky quartz was formed by sculpted Styrofoam and painted with translucent layers of acrylic paint. Quartz veins serve as a host for gold, and the miner’s mother-load in this artwork is represented by a metal alloy.