December 3, 2019

The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease for ever to be able to do it.




The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease for ever to be able to do it.

Title is a J.M. Barrie quote




SOLD


Painting has a home.

with some illustrations. 

and above a little baby






Dreaming is not only for sleep. 




November 25, 2019

You won't get more than you can handle. or rather. Yes. YOU DO.



A lot of people say that God won't give you more than you can handle. 

But I know there are times in life when you do get more than you can handle. 




I am certain of it.



I think we get help handling it. What lands on us. or happens to us. or happens around us.

I think we keep walking and somehow someone, and God, they make it possible to walk on.

I don't think He gives us the hard things based on our ability. I think He's part of our ability to move. 

But the weight is not totally gone. I think that is suffering. or struggle. 

And I know from experience that suffering is a connector.

A horrible. life changing. painful ...connector. 


of all humans. 







I see its value. and at the same time. I cannot handle it alone. and I do not want it. 

All of those things. at once.



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August 19, 2019

If our brothers and sisters are not safe. We are not safe.




If our brothers and sisters are not safe. We are not safe. 





36" x 36" 
oil on canvas 
sold

This piece. The crow is working on her nest. 

making peace where there may not be. 

cherishing and valuing the materials around her. 

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Some really wonderful art collector friends of mine got this piece 

and wanted some sort of expansion of it. 


Thank you guys.

What a gift. 


and in line with their support and understanding 
they let me dream it up.





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So I thought about where the crow was getting her flowers. 

About the work she was putting in. 





48" x 24"
oil on canvas 
sold











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And. 

where she was.

going.

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24" x 36"
oil on canvas
sold



She wasn't stopping at her nest. 










Let us never be so comfortable that we forget the suffering of others. 

For the sand will shift. 

And we too will feel the same 
on a different day. 



VIDEO of full installation






February 1, 2019

Living.





HI.

I have more things to say.
 and I was saying them in other places but I like this place. 

So I am back here right now. or I am in Panera. depends on how you look at it. 


 I suddenly wanted to be here... like a regular at a diner. 
Which was a severely important goal of mine in college. that I accomplished. But look, we don't all have that kind of work ethic. 

I wanted to post an old image. because I saw it and wanted to...



and just say that I am thinking about things. All the time. 


I think part of my silence here is because Instagram was invented and it is fast and the writing space is small and less like an open field I have to sprint across and touch every part of.
Personal issue. 

 But also part is because the current climate has been heavy. Since the election. you know the one. 

and I have been deep in work. 



Wonderful morning. named by my nephew because I defer sometimes to people who see deeply and understand the important things. oil on canvas 30 x 30. sold.



I feel so fortunate to be an artist. 

And I feel so strongly that our job as artists, is to make important work. 
As human beings it is our job to act.

I am trying to make those things happen.

















July 3, 2018

choose where you reach






It is terribly powerless to see that children are being caged right here where we live. 

And if those semantics are disgusting to you. or intense. 



They should be. 



And let us pretend that they weren't children but human beings in general. 


It is still painful. 


We shiver at the idea of crate training a dog. 

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Running for your life. 
Running for safety.
Running because you think it's the best you can do for yourself. your family. 
you run. 

you run for your freedom.


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My heart is heavy for those who do not know the freedom that I know. 

My heart is heavy because I did nothing to deserve it. 










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January 25, 2018

And I think to myself.














And I think to myself. Oil on canvas. 36"x36" 
SOLD

There are occasional days where your work is acknowledged. 
But often it is by yourself. 

So do things that matter. Deep things. 
People are watching you. Even when you don't think so. 

And you have to love it. 
Because after someone high fives you. 

You go home alone carrying your little heart in your body.





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January 17, 2018

little (big)





I'm on an introspective trek right now because well. 

Because I am a person. 

I try and figure out why I make things, teach, learn, care about what I am working on...





And I am noticing that it is consistently about depth.

and perspective makes all the difference. 
What you focus on.





you can stop at the hard stuff. or the sad. But those things are little (big) gifts that get you past the surface. into the depth where so much beauty and love exists.

There is only a breath between deep pain and deep joy.  





it is about reality. and how to see it.

And while some of my work lives in the imaginary realm, it is rooted in reality.



~ 4' x 6' oil on canvas (email for sale information)
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and

sometimes real can be. or feel like. the worst.






loss is terribly painful.

suffering is hard to watch, or feel.

live longer than 30 seconds and surely you will encounter something terrible.

sometimes alone. sometimes as a group of people.



I am very disoriented when the leader of this country's government cultivates fear and encourages division.

I am sad.

and angry. 

there are still groups that feel they are above others.
and even some that feel hate. 


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certainly the challenges and difficult times bring out the importance of love.




take up your heart. and make sure people know what it is made of.

Maybe first make sure you know what it is made of.

I am still figuring that out. but I know part of it is action.
and that is maybe a little part of why I make things.


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great things are possible. and some things are probable. 

the best things are both. 

when you go do them. 

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November 6, 2017

VOTING. is important. and when you dont vote I think wow. are you serious? that is terribly lazy and heartbreaking.





super important: vote tomorrow. 
inform yourself. 
care about things. 
and use your power to vote. 
dont complain or boo, go do what you can. 
votes add up. and races can be/ are often close. YOU MATTER. 

if you care about human beings you have to care about the people who have power to make decisions for human beings. 

it is not about dramatic arguments. 
it is about your neighbor... and yourself. 




October 10, 2017

The far side of the sea, even there.



The far side of the sea, even there. 






24" x 24"
oil on canvas
$950
available.





















is there such a thing as waiting fiercely?

I think it's called hope.



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i love music. almost more than everything.