the artist's statement

"It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye" from THE LITTLE PRINCE. When people ask me "WHAT KIND OF ARTIST ARE YOU?"... I tell them, I am a painter ... they ask "OH oil or watercolor?".... I say, neither... I paint with light ... they give me a strange look.... IF I have the time and I think they are really interested, then I clarify... I use a camera and a scanner as a starting point, and then where it leads me I never know ... the end result may be a light capture from my scanner, or a manipulated photo, using many different computer enhancement tools including photoshop...... sometimes I create something that does not even look like anything recognizable. Then sometimes, I use mixed media.... mixing a printed inkjet picture with maybe a magazine transfer using wintergreen oil, or adding paint, or using sandpaper to rough it up the end I have something original that never existed before.... just a splash of pixel dust.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

sacred nature stained glass

One of my favorite things to do when I am in Europe is to go see the beautiful stained glass windows that you find everywhere, in every country.  Recently I was inspired to create my own surreal abstract versions of stained glass using nature as the inspiration. In the fall of the year, before dusk, the woods up in the mountains of North Carolina have a stark and dark feel to them with their barren trees silhouetted  against the evening sky.  I love capturing the warm glow of the late afternoon sun as it peeks through the trees.  The red and orange glow and the black tree trunks remind me of stained glass windows.  With a bit of photoshop magic, I rendered the picture into a natural stained glass effect.  For this piece, I combined my stained glass creation with a picture I took at Orval in Belgium.