Piece description from the artist
This piece (Orbits Evolve) is a representation of human social interaction (or the beginnings of). A community can look like it has come together on the surface. But in reality, we all tend to stay with people that are like us. In some cases I truly don’t believe this is a conscious decision. We are human beings and find those that either look like us or have the same set of values or needs. When a community of people reaches out to other communities, groups, neighborhoods (or just others) that are ‘different’ in some way there tends to be a clash of some sort. But also, there can be a melding. Learning happens and new ideas are shared, and through this, new friendships evolve. We are at a very tentative crossroads in this country (U.S.A.) right now. Politics has divided us for a long time but no time in history has it been so destructive. We are getting farther and farther apart in thinking and those that disagree with someone else are seen as an enemy. Kindness is still out there but it seems so rare. Especially in parts of the country where there isn’t much diversity. These places tend to breed what I see as a frightening cult-like behavior. It is truly scary. People don’t stop and try to see something from another’s perspective at all anymore. It’s just … ‘they’re wrong’. That’s when learning stops and walls go up. I have never seen anything like what is happening right now in this country. I don’t want to be cheesy and think that world peace is possible. Like dreams of people that believe in unicorns or that there are pots of gold at the end of rainbows. It also probably seems cynical for me to say that. But then there are times when my faith is renewed in humanity. When one community of people reaches out to another community and they come together for a common purpose. This is what I hope beings to happen and this is what this piece of art represents. Yes, it’s messy. But humans are messy creatures. It doesn’t mean that’s a bad thing. We ALL have this in common. Maybe we can start here? Messy human?
I have been an artist all my life, ever since I could hold a pencil. I have always loved to draw and paint. My styles have varied over the years from realism to abstract and everything in between. The mediums I most enjoy working with are: oil, colored pencil, charcoal, graphite, watercolor, pen & ink, alcohol ink, and acrylic. Currently I am experiencing a mammoth amount of creative freedom working on abstract art.
In 2015, I donated one of my kidneys to a young woman who had only been born with one very diseased kidney. Since then she has been thriving and now going to college and living her life. What a blessing! I consider this a privilege and I'm so happy I was a match for her.
I have lived all over the country (U.S.). I primarily grew up in Woodland Park, CO. Following living in Woodland, I lived in Durango, CO, Farmington, NM, Houston, TX, Philadelphia, PA, Atlanta, GA and currently live in Montrose, CO (hopefully for good). I thankfully found my way back to Colorado. We live near Colona, in the shadow of Buckhorn Mountain (west/central Colorado) and absolutely love this place! It is remote, uncluttered, quiet, peaceful and beautiful. The inspiration I feel in my heart here is something I’ll be forever grateful for. It makes my soul sing!
I love to ski and am glad I live near some great places. Telluride, Crested Butte, Aspen, etc …when money allows. On February 12, 2017 I was in a ski accident in Telluride. Someone hit me from behind and knocked me unconscious for a few minutes (yes, I was wearing a helmet) and broke my collar bone. The guy hit me and left me for dead. He still has yet to be found. It's considered a felony to hit and run, just like in a car. Consequently, I suffered a concussion that has changed my life forever. My creativity has changed. Something happened to my eyes and I have a hard time doing the tiny details I used to do. But something also clicked in terms of how I approach my art. The freedom of abstraction has helped me heal and cope. Not only from the accident but with so many areas of my life. I have learned what true forgiveness means (to give as well as receive). I have a new appreciation for how fragile our lives really are and just how quickly life can be taken from us. A lot of things can change in the blink of an eye! That moment created a complete paradigm shift in my life. Mostly for the better.
I’m involved in an art mentoring program called Art Partners. I mentor a young boy (age 10). He created a piece that won first place in the student category of the Ouray Alpine Artist’s Holiday art show (nationwide) as well as 1st place in The Montrose Visual Arts Guild 2018 art show. I love the fact that I get to help shape this young man's creative future. He's my lil buddy.
There is an old cabin (100+ yrs old) on the property where I live that I have turned into my art studio. It’s my retreat and sanctuary. While I'm in this cabin, creativity just bursts forth in a riot of paint and color! This, I believe, is my heavenly father working through me. I'm still not sure what the grand purpose is but I keep my mind and heart open. I'm expecting adventure because, really, there's no way to know what's next. Like I always say, "the point is not to live forever but to create something that does."