Earth Paintings

 

Textural paintings created from raw earth combined with  traditional painting mediums.

The light reflectivity of these works provide a lively surface:

the earthen, textured areas absorb more light than the glazed canvas areas. 

 

The color of these works is informed by the tones of the earth used in the painting:

Each location where the earth was collected imparts its own character to the work.  

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Incarnation of the Feminine Force

Earth (from Chama riverbed, New Mexico) and mixed media on canvas

132" x 54" x 3 1/2 "

This painting surprised me with its completeness, right at its inception.  I had been looking through a book of images of Goddesses the night before starting the painting.  The next day, with no expectations at all, I threw the paint and an entire bucket of earth onto the canvas thinking that I was creating a background texture for a work that I judged might take me an entire year, given of the size of the canvas and my usual meticulous working methods.  I moved the loose earth into the wet paint with sweeping gestures of my hands, until all the paint had settled.  The canvas had acted like a drum, magnifying the roar of the earth and gravel moving swiftly on its surface. When the great noise of the painting process itself had become quiet, I was stunned to see that my unconscious had released it's own interpretation of an image of Kali that I had admired in the book the night before!  The image featured a representation of a tigress in the act of saving her young cubs by attacking a predator. 

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Like a Dragon In a China Shop

Earth from the Eastern Sierras and mixed media on canvas over panel.

96" x 33"

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An Elaborate Method

Earth from the Eastern Sierras, California, mixed media on canvas over panel

96" x 33"

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Life Without Constraint

 


Earth from the Eastern Sierras, California, mixed media on canvas over panel

96" x 33"

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Zero Gravity

Earth from the Eastern Sierras, California, mixed media on canvas over panel

60" x 44"

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The Way


Earth from the Eastern Sierras, California, mixed media on canvas over panel,

60" x 44"

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A Wyld Place


Earth from the Eastern Sierras, California, mixed media on canvas over panel,

20" x 23"