WELCOME to my blog and creative art space!

Since our retirement and relocation to the Puna District on the Big Island of Hawaii, (where we proudly admit to being "Punatics") my artistic energies have largely gone into our new home, addition of an ohana/apartment, and our acre of land. We have planted fruit trees, built lava walls, dug holes, reclaimed the boundaries from the jungle, and developed the landscaping.

During all this rewarding, hard work, I have wondered in what way the art I had been creating (you can see some below) would transition to reflect this dynamic island life. I have doodled in an art journal as impressions arose, splashed color, scribbled images, words, half-formed raw ideas, inklings of bold color, and fractal-like geometry -- all rather abstract. So, what do I do with all these musings, particularly since it is so VERY different from the art I was creating in Humboldt County?

I have some beginning shapes now and color; it is time to play. I'll try to add some of my thoughts here, for those few who are curious. And, if you'd like to know more, you can email me.

Monday, May 30, 2011

"You're Shakin' My Confidence Daily"

I am THRILLED to receive word that this piece was accepted into the July juried exhibition "AMERICA" for Second City Council Gallery in Long Beach!


Juxtaposing contemporary and historic recycled found objects in this assemblage creates a visual metaphor expressing our national systemic malaise. Symbols include wheels within wheels, a tattered Constitution, large rusty screws, dice for risk, an old Ford battery for dependable USA products, unzipped zippers displaying failing male dominated systems, bombs threaten war, a forefather faces away, credit card accumulates debt, flute and nails play notes, a lock blocks access to information. An old jar lid shows we "see through a glass darkly," (1 Corinthians 13) while the gripping claw suggests the greedy clutches of self-appointed, unauthorized proprietary power.