I start with an underdrawing in sienns
(rusty brown), then work up from light and dark yellows to reds
I was living in Tesuque (Tess-OO-kee),
an art-rich neighborhood/town (where Shidoni Foundry is) just
north of Santa Fe, when I made these. It was an extremely hard
time in my life.
Being able to paint these gave me a sense
of relief and satisfaction in the midst of a long period of deep
despair and raged, non-stop emotional turmoil.
I like the feeling of connection between
human and animal, and how they are contemplative in spirit.
Not being inclined to any particular established
religion, I chose to create archetypal and allegorical images
that express how connected I believe we can and ought to be with
our natural surroundings.