Hiking the Arizona desert is itself a spectacular event. Night hiking the Superstition Mountains in Apache Junction, AZ is beyond spectacular. It is Super Natural. These skies will often energize a variety of wild flowers such as Brittlebush, Poppies and Marrigolds just to name a few. The dark silhouettes help contrast the vibrant colors. The sky explodes with a billion stars. Lightening on hot s
The dirty pour technique used to create chaotic color schemes lends itself well to mimicking universes.
Colors often re invent themselves when in the chaotic struggle to dominate the page
I find the movement and direction mesmerizing, as if guiding me to an unknown in a primordial state of being.
30 plus years working in clinical settings gave me the opportunity to appreciate the thousands of clients that I met and interacted with.
Their stories helped me look beyond the ordinary and embrace the extra ordinary.
Their visions inspired me.
I often sketched among patients, attempting to relay their psychic energy to paper, realizing that an empathic approach was the truest guide.
It is a special relationship I have with this drawing, resonating the cognative dissonence that reverberates through me...The wonderful... The ridiculous... The presence of uncertainty... The certainty of death... The struggle for meaning.......
During my last 15 or so years I produced nearly a thousand drawings depicting a moment in time among my clients. I was often standing in a hall or sitting in a group or alone with a soul who was quietly struggling.
I am forever indepted to the many wonderful people I met and worked with those many years. I am indepted to the many staff that I shared these experiences with. You know who you.
It is finally here.
This project started over a year ago when Joanne Gull asked if I would be interested in illustrating for her.
I said yes... and now here we are over a year later looking at the recently published edition of Yud's Child on Amazon.
I found Joannes book to be spell binding. The broadness of Joanne's literary strokes encouraged me to find different meanings with each reading.
....and for these reasons and more, illustrating Joanne's book Yud's Child has been both an honor and a real joy.