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Rose:Heart:Flame #3 - 300dpi

Rose/Heart/Flame, from a series of small paintings completed last spring, is now on view at Gebert Contemporary, 558 Canyon Road.  The more I think about this work, the less I want to define it for you, the viewer.  Let the shapes be anything, from fire to rose petals, and let them speak directly to your heart.

Zane Bennett Contemporary Art in Santa Fe has two of my Portals in their holiday show.   It’s an exciting exhibit of mostly small, affordable work by lots of the gallery’s New Mexico and Southwest artists, so come by and see it.

The Portals, though small (19 x 16″) are a significant aspect of my studio practice.  Because of their size, the flow of paint is highlighted.  There is really nothing else to see in these works but paint, rectangle and space, with two or more layers of painted surfaces suggesting a milky depth.   To me, these are little spiritual exercises.  Alan Watts wrote (and I paraphrase from memory) that the human being is an aperture through which Source sees itself.  The Portals present that aperture in abstract form.

Zane Bennett Contemporary Art in Santa Fe has mounted a holiday show of small-ish works that is really worth seeing. I hope you can stop in to see it. My paintings are upstairs in a beautifully-lit passageway.

Smink in Dallas has some new small paintings.  In the photo, you can also see a bit of their gorgeous Italian contemporary furniture.

Northern New Mexico received more rain, and grew more lush this year, than in any summer that we have seen before.  All the little trees that we planted years ago and have tended so faithfully were suddenly taller, fuller objects on the land.  Our whole view, and certainly the closeness of our garden, appeared dressed in variations of green that I associate with the East.  Those greens followed me into the studio and onto the paintings.  May, June and July were given over to experiments with olive, forest, lettuce, lime and indescribable greens.

This small painting displays the colors of new pinon pine needles on a good year.  It’s dense and many-layered, like looking into the tree itself.  And also like looking into the tree, I hope it  evokes feelings of fresh, abundant life.   The painting is being framed to ship to Dallas, where it should arrive by mid-October, an emissary from another season.

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