Compassion in the Chicken Coop, comes from a childhood memory that I fondly hold in my heart. It represents my only sister with which I played in our chicken house when we were probably 4 and 7 years old. We would tuck their heads under their wings to rock the chickens to sleep, perch them on their roost and they would not even fall off. I have wanted to do a work such as this for many years in dedication to my sister. This piece was a pure joy to create.
Without something to Love...Love has no meaning.
09.19.19 Fresh off the easel. Completed just a couple days ago. This Flee Bitten Grey proved to be a great challenge in drawing a textured white coat. Best Pals, this innocent child whispering a 'Secret' in his horse’s ear made this drawing irresistible!
My respect for Jack is expressed with real Reverence. Jack is one of the most inspiring animals I've ever known. His gaze, and the look in his eye penetrates my heart deeply. I desire to have that same obvious connection as Jack, does with the unseen Master.
In dedication to a dear friend, and his wife ... Who’s example has greatly impacted my life and inspired me ever since I’ve known him. Who’s love, support and advice has been invaluable in my personal and professional journey.
I have a deep connection with this rural, old, chapel that is no longer used. But a real feeling of sacredness remains in this special place.
Peace in Solitude features a local “Father Figure” of mine. His experience as a wrangler, guide and pastor, made him a natural model for me to express the pure peace, and the quiet solitude that I experience in the valley! The back drop in this work is the view that I see every day from my bunkhouse window. Countless times I’ve stood at this very spot with my horse at the end of a long day and watched the sun sink in the west. Indeed, Peace in Solitude at its best.
The darkness in the clouds reflect the storms of life I’d just lived through. The rays of light coming through the clouds represent hope. The horse and dog are “Best Friends” and show the relationship that animals share on the farm, and metaphorically the friendship I felt from my caring friends during my illness. The rocky foreground signifies the rocky trail I traveled. To the right we get a glimpse of wide open–spaces that spoke to me that the future was endless, full of opportunity and hope. I felt like the horse and dog, they just emerged from the shadows of the barn and wait for the master, looking toward the future, basking in the light of hope.