When It Comes To Clouds…

They’ve always been a favorite photographic subject. When it comes to interests, religion and art history and how they intertwine, are high on a fluctuating list. Though far from a religious scholar, I have done my share of studying religious history and religion, in general. Having grown up in the relatively non-dogmatic world of Methodism, my early religious lessons centered around music and Sunday School messages of love and kindness, a European-looking Jesus, Christmas trees, and new Easter outfits.   After disillusionment with religion and a brief stint as an atheist at the age of 18… I jumped into the…

No reasoning with the unreasonable

It has been a wrenching couple of weeks. The ongoing drama of Right vs Left is only a part of the angst, but not the biggest part … no sirree. Lately, it’s felt uncomfortably close to ‘another day, another crisis’, with many hearts broken along the way. Contemplating the level of heartache across the country, and interacting with friends about it on social media, leaves me feeling numb and creatively paralyzed, but thankfully, not alone. Many words have already been written and spoken — by people far more articulate than I — about the injustice of lives broken by tragedy, I will simply share these thoughts…

Artist… a definition

Artist — a person of any age or gender, from any nation and every ethnicity, who expresses the highest and best within their own culture — as well as the least and the worst. An artist is an observer, a reporter, a synthesizer, an innovator, an educator, and an interpreter. Most important: an artist is endlessly curious, never stops learning, is in a constant state of experimentation, and is continually evolving.     This is true for life so you might as well make the most of it.      

The Accident…

I once won a Blue Ribbon at the Polk County Fair. At first thought, not a particularly noteworthy accomplishment, but there is a back-story that I believe is worth telling. I grew up in a small town in Western Oregon. Built on the industry of ranchers, farmers, loggers, and those who provide services to them, Oregon was, and still is, primarily a rural economy. Each summer, county fairs from Multnomah in the north to Klamath in the south blanket the state. The town of Independence in Polk County where I attended Middle and High School holds a classic county fair: dusty, noisy, smelly, and filled with…

The Starving Artist — A Short History

The stereotype of ‘the starving artist’ has been around for a long time.  So long, in fact, that it’s reached the level of archetype. ‘The starving artist’ stereotype had its origin in 17th-Century Flanders, when artists literally were starving. It worked its way through the centuries into the Romantic period of the 19th-Century, where it became entrenched as a cultural norm. Finally, the concept migrated to New York City and took up residence within the Abstract Expressionism movement of the 1950’s, where it was celebrated by the Beat poets. Ironically, it has been adopted by many contemporary artists and often goes hand-in-hand with the life of a…