Arctic Terns

arctic ternsArctic Terns is a collaboration between poet, Keith Ratzlaff, and myself. We started with the theme “migration” and developed the poem and imagery along the way. From time to time we would share our drafts and sketches with each other. Keith tells me he is still dissatisfied with the last line of his poem. This is a small scale artist’s book (approximately 6.5″ x 4.5″) editioned to 5.

My Own Expectations

expectationsGraphite, watercolor, ink on toned paper

15″ x 22″

My Own Expectations came about while considering the pressures we place on ourselves no matter if it is work we are doing for others or work of our own. Sometimes it is very restrictive, even getting in the way of progress. Other times it is all about quality control.

The Nerve…

the nerveGraphite, watercolor and ink on toned paper

15″ x 22″

The Nerve… is an image that I have fought with for some time now. I had been thinking about insensitive, insincere or even hurtful comments made to me and those I have made to others. I can usually throw away those by others but the comments I am responsible for stay with me like a permanent stain on my conscience.  A not so subtle reminder that I am a work in progress. “The Nerve…”seems an appropriate title.

 

I Hear It Now

I Hear It Now

Etching, Drypoint, Aquatint on handmade paper
8″ x 12″

One very simple experience I would love to have is to look up at the night sky and see the density of stars in the milky way without the pollution of light by civilization. Hiking deep enough in the woods where the pollution of sound by civilization no longer exists, is fantastic and unnerving. The things you can actually hear may surprise you. This experience is the inspiration for I Hear It Now.

I Wish I Had…

I wish I had

Ink, graphite, and watercolor on toned paper

15″x 22″

While I firmly believe that I have a great life with very little that I regret, the regrets I do have are all about how I have treated someone. I Wish I Had…is about those regrets when I found myself thinking “I wish I had treated that person more kindly”, “I wish I had not been so defensive” and so on. These regrets are constant reminders that no matter how old or wise you are it is never too late to be an inconsiderate jerk. Empathy and compassion are always works in progress. This drawing is now in the collection of Tom and Wendy Vander Well.

Optimistic

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Optimistic, from the Anatomy of Potential series

Watercolor, ink, graphite

15″ x 22″

For a long time I thought this piece was going to be about a stifling mental block that prevents someone from moving forward even when they see the benefits of doing so. Instead, as the image developed I saw this as an optimistic attitude in the face of difficult circumstances. I have myself, at one point or another, exhibited both behaviors and continue to do so.