Oil & metal leaf on birch panel, 8″ x 8″
This piece was created for a series of 30 works exploring the fascinating and infinite underworld of bugs. The images are under-laid with my new passion for metal-leafing, which promotes the precious qualities of these under-sung creatures. Nomia melander – I saw this creature making a home in the sand before my eyes one evening along the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon. I find myself fighting a yellow jacket nest on my front porch as I am working on this painting. I am conflicted with my new-found bug appreciation and the need to kill them at the same time.
I create images, working on site and from life whenever possible, celebrating natural or man-made forms and patterns and color. My favorite subjects are from personal experience, celebrating the special places and creatures that nurture and inspire joy in myself and others. Though my artwork varies, a central theme is bringing the preciousness of our natural world to the viewing audience. I am also an architect, specializing in residential and green design, splitting my time between McCall and Boise, Idaho and wherever my curiosity takes me.