walk among the stars

March 09, 2021 in About my arttopics:

“Now and then, though, someone does begin to grow differently. Instead of down, his feet grow up toward the sky. But we do our best to discourage awkward things like that.”“What happens to them?” insisted Milo.“Oddly enough, they often grow ten times the size of everyone else,” said Alec thoughtfully, “and I’ve heard that they walk among the stars.” Norton Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth Norton Juster, author of The Phantom Tollbooth, has passed away. The Phantom Tollboth, like for so many of us, changed how I though about books, about art, and about how to live. When my wife and I were first dating, and living on opposite side of the…  read more

two moods from one leaf

I created these two photographs from the same leaf, one I’ve been working with for two weeks now. Even though they’re from the same “simple” source, both photographs have such different moods, such different personalities: the last one was solid and grounded, while this one is light and fluid.

Love

January 19, 2021 in About my arttopics:,

I’ve noticed that some of my photographs actually resemble letters of the alphabet (especially if you squint). So, inspired and encouraged by my wife, I have used my art to spell out the word “LOVE” to help celebrate the upcoming Valentine’s Day. I mean, couldn’t all use a little extra positivity and love these days?  If you want to own a print of this poster, visit here for more info.

about the art: Quantum

December 11, 2020 in About my arttopics:

Art: Quantum, abstract of a frozen bud.

This little jewel is a forsythia bud that got caught in an ice storm last spring. And let me just say: yellow is SUCH an annoying color. Seriously. I have spent the last four days working on that color alone, trying to get it right. Four days! A bit one way it goes green, the other way it’s orange. Too dark and it’s squash-like, too light it fades away. But hey, it’s what you gotta do.

on boredom

An art student wrote to me today, and described how she was started to get bored with a project she was working on, and lacked the motivation to continue with it. Yeah, boredom can be a part of being an artist. We’re often told that being an artist is all about moments of genius, and flashes of inspiration. It all sounds so glamorous and exciting. But the truth is, a lot of the work of being an artist is… work. Just grinding your way through. I often find that when I am my most bored, when I am frustrated and annoyed with my work, that that is actually a sign…  read more

About the art: Intermezzo

An art student just asked me some questions about this photograph. They were such good, interesting questions, I wanted to share my answers with you all. Is there a story or meaning behind this photograph? The meaning of a photograph usually comes out after I create it. While I am working with the leaf, I am only thinking in visual terms (colors, forms, textures, relationships), and nothing deeper than that. But once the photograph is created, then they begin to suggest an idea or mood. This photograph, named “Intermezzo”, is speaking about the sense of letting go, and trusting your ability to handle what comes. Of finally casting yourself off from expectation,…  read more

Vote like nature depends on it

October 13, 2020 in Nature and environmenttopics:

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One of the “side effects” of making my natural abstract art is that I spend a lot of time immersed in nature: looking at it, working with it, and thinking about it. Over the years this has made me grow more aware of climate change and it’s impact on both the planet and our “everyday” natural world. But climate change is such a huge problem, it can feel like there’s not much we as individuals can do to make an impact.

But the one thing we in the United States can do right now is vote — specifically, vote for people who recognize the seriousness of the problem and are willing to take action. To promote this, I have created this poster which spells the word “VOTE” from a collage my abstract nature photographs of leaves and shells. When you purchase this poster, I’ll donate half the profits to help support the Sierra Club and the League of Women Voters.

tissue-thin mini-sculptures

September 18, 2020 in About my arttopics:

I’ve been spending the last few weeks working with the dried flowers from an orchid we have in our kitchen. It’s funny, I don’t like photographing orchids when they are still fresh and alive. They are just too much of a thing, you know? They are too recognizable, too literal. They scream “look at me, I’m a flower!”, and I am just not interested.

But once they dry and fall, that’s when things change. The flowers transform from something obvious into something intriguing. They become these tissue-thin mini-sculptures, filled with texture, detail, and character. They lose a little of their pomposity, and become a little more real and relatable. (There’s a life lesson in there, isn’t there?)

my climate story

Earlier this month I participated in The Climate Reality Project‘s leadership training program. It was a solid week of information, presentations, discussion and networking. One of our first assignments was to write our “climate story” — a account of how you became personal invested in the issue of climate change. Here’s mine: A mission to help people become more empathetic towards nature.  I am a professional artist, and have been creating meditations on the everyday significance of nature for nearly 20 years. I was originally drawn to work with the most familiar details of nature — such as leaves, seeds, bark, flowers, ice, shells — not because of an urge to…  read more

two lessons about our climate reality

September 04, 2020 in Nature and environmenttopics:

I just completed the Climate Reality Project’s Leadership Corps training, a full week of lessons, information, discussion and ideas. It was a fascinating and absorbing week — at times depressing, but in the end inspiring.

My discussion table all week, the indefatigable table 222.

I think the most important lesson I learned was that what gets in our way is not the impossibility of the situation, but our own inertia. The problems we face are huge, and can feel overwhelming. But solutions are already being dreamed up. Progress is possible. We simply need the political will to push forward solutions that are already in our grasp.

Second lesson: that nearly everything we need to do to reduce the effects of climate change has huge side benefits as well: creating new industries, building new job markets, and even the possibility of launching new social dynamics. Fighting climate change isn’t a penalty, but an opportunity. And those who fight climate change fight human progress.