FRIENDS OF THE EARTH AND OTHER WONDERS OF NATURE
These paintings will be exhibited in a solo gallery exhibition at the Allegheny Highlands Art Center in Clifton Forge, VA. August 24- Sept. 12. I am calling it Friends of the Earth and other Wonders of Nature. I will have 20 -30 paintings all relating to attitudes about climate, nature, what we have, and what we are losing. I am also compiling many quotes and poems to accompany the paintings.
In an effort to make a cohesive statement, all works for sale will be held until the end of the show.
I have left some beaver paintings on the news page.
The past couple of years have been a challenge for most of us. Climate change, pandemics, growing intolerance of racial bias, to name a few. Art making is healing, or beavers. This statement by the director of the movie “The Beaver Believers” was a true inspiration.
(I want to)“… engage the topic of climate change through a different narrative, to find a story where climate change could be seen almost as an opportunity: as a motivating, inspiring impetus to jump into joyful action. “
We can do something about the future. We must give up the ‘so good so far’ scenario of Icarus, shed our wax wings and come down to our incredibly beautiful Earth.
“Impossible is just a word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given tha to explore the power thy have to change it. Impossible ie is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.” Aimee Lehto
Gaia- This means to me that the earth is a living organism alive with communication and cooperation. Traditionally from the Greek, Gaia is the ancestral mother of all life.
By and large, Homo sapiens stopped living in reciprocal relationship with the earth long ago. We take from the earth, viewing her provisions as unlimited. The rate of exploitation in the last 500 years had been astounding, especially the last 100, where we have stepped up the development of corruption with the ever more efficient machines to ravage our planet. We have finally brought her to the brink.
I pray that we, as a species, as a people, choose to open our eyes, our minds and our hearts to rebuild our planet with all her myriad and wonderous ecosystems. That we not view the earth simply as our unlimited provider, but as a sustainer of reasonable life, a home of moderation, of sharing and reciprocity.
This series of paintings illustrates the helpers for rebuilding and of giving back. Whether through history, magic, regenerative farming or simply allowing the land to “rewild”, I strive to show the resilience and healing power of Gaia.
As indigenous people teach. Take no more than half. I say let's start with a third. A third of our barrier islands, a third of our arable land, a third of the best we have to offer. And let us give it gratefully.