Holiday Selections | Winter 2018 - Page 9



B
efore the sun rises, I often listen to the sounds of birds gathering
outside my Santa Fe balcony. I suspect they eagerly anticipate a full
day of frolicking, hunting seeds and taking flight. As humans, our feet
remain planted on the earth and we are bound to it – our relationship to
the landscape is captivating. I imagine that same landscape from a birds
perspective – the earth, sky, rivers, and trees in their entirety.
The title of this show, “A Birds Eye View” is an idea long overdue. Over
the years my landscapes have moved above the sage brush and explosive
yellow chamisa and found a buoyant, attentive focus into New Mexico’s
expressive skies. The canyons and hillsides cascade downward into rivers,
and there becomes an obvious vantage point from some invisible summit.

I have always contemplated how the world we see might appear
to a bird in flight, as it gazes from above and maneuvers the wind. I
love the way birds move as direct accents to the landscape, finding some
magnificent perch where they are masters of all they survey.
Many of the works in this show yearn to describe these emotions and
the idea that everything in the landscape is moving. I believe that if you
can paint that feeling, you have succeeded in capturing something truly
meaningful.

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