Chasing the Sun. That’s how I see the compulsion that drove my grandparents across the Atlantic to start over in this fresh, new country. Making a break with the cold, dark winters of northern Scandinavia each one came with different expectations of this new life. Optimism and ambition were stronger forces than the ties that would keep them entrenched in the cold and dark, mourning for the sun.
In this damp and cloudy place I now call home I’m driven to chase the sun, hanging onto every ray, afraid I’ll miss the last bit of warm bright light. Have I made the most of the sunshine days?
“Art has something to do with the achievement of stillness in the midst of chaos” Saul Bellow
A journey through the creative process, working and traveling in the Northern Alleghenies of Pennsylvania.
I practice artworking in several different media: encaustic, collage, egg tempera, block printing, and digital
"Creativity makes a leap, then looks to see where it is." Mason Cooley
When we look at a particular work of northwest coast art and see the shape of it, we are only looking at its after-ife. Its real life is the movement by which it got to be that shape. Bill Reid, Haida carver
"Creativity is not the finding of a thing, but the making of something after it is found" James Russell Lowell, American Poet
"It is a widely accepted notion among painters that it does not matter what one paints as long as it is well painted. This is the essence of academicism. There is no such thing as good painting about nothing."
Mark Rothko, artist