Wipeout Series series began as abstract mark making on paper inspired from surfing and the experience of being underwater as a heavy wave rolls over. If in control I love to open my eyes and take in the muted sight of the wave’s energy above me. It’s a timed chaos and that can pass in seconds, but if I am aware and present it can be a spiritual experience. I wanted these images to represent the feeling of being underwater, fast and active and a nonspatial relationship to what is up or what is down. In a sense these works are to honor the power and healing abilities of the ocean as whole. Find smaller Wipeout works on paper/canvas through Etsy
I am starting my journey back home to Hawaii, more sound than 77 days ago when the earth split open and lava surfaced 4 miles away from my home. What a lesson. The Kilauea Eruption is a first hand look at impermanence.
After endless hours on social media it was necessary to unplug and be present with family, to cook — and make art.
Since I have been separate from my main medium of oil paint, I’ve embraced new mediums and create outside my usual subject matter. The work has become more and more non-representational and it became even more about the process of application, building compositions, and to my surprise to a reconnection to a self.
Each painting began without a clear definition of the outcome, only keeping a limited color palette in mind. Through instinctual mark making, I applied color to create a composition that evokes feeling and structural stability. As the composition forms, the paintings began to resemble something more representational – bold swatch of color translating as a mass of new earth. Small hatches resemble the earthquakes. The opacity of new marks covering old give a history of what once existed.
Laze II will was selected to be apart of the 2018 Abstract Only Exhibition at the Wailoa Arts & Cultural Center August 3rd – August 30th.
I don’t really know where to start. Everyone knows the story by now. It has been such an emotional week. After experiencing many earthquakes, lava eruptions and a massive 6.9 earthquake that resulted in emergency fleeing of the area of south Puna, returning home for a cat rescue mission and being totally absorbed in the news, lava updates and checking in with neighbors that are still in the area. I’m exhausted.
My evacuee group camped out at Pine Trees Surf Park in Kailua-Kona the night of the 6.9 earthquake. It was such a surreal time, we kept reviewing the day’s events. Trying to the best of our ability to explain our experience and to understand the implications of this eruption.
The next day after the evacuation I paused to surf, I paddled out and just wept.. I felt so grateful to be safe, supported and in excellent health, for the simple living Hawaii has shown me; while simultaneously mourning the potential loss of my community in Seaview, Kalani and the Puna/Pahoa area; of a lifestyle that supported creative growth, daily play, ocean swimming, hyper local cuisine; An area that is sans-billboards and skyscrapers, that is perfectly landscaped by nature; one of the most thriving community of environmental-conscious people that speaks the language of love.
I am coming to terms with loosing my things… if that is our fate… a home with the most magnificent night-sky where I would indulge in full moon showers from rain we caught on our roof. The yurt dwelling and it’s skylight that was the perfect frame for passing clouds or shooting stars. We were building a hot tub and I was becoming very productive in the utility shed turned art-studio.. but this is a lesson of non-attachment to material things… and rather be grateful for the relationships in my life: to my peers, to self, and to nature. I’ve learned more in the past week than I have in past years, and it will probably take some time to sink in. But right now I’m going day by day to see what the lava brings… and just be present, conscious, and go with the flow.
Hoping to get back to the art soon, I think it will help as therapy. Pele has inspired.