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This is a new miniature work. It is Lighten, 2017, watercolor, ink and pastel. The painting is available at my website.

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Much of my drawing has always investigated human connection with nature. Several years ago, I read Biophilia by Edward O. Wilson. Written in 1984, this book was ahead of its time with its environmental revelations. The close-up, introspective examination of flora and fauna worlds had a lasting impression on me. He expressed our inherent need to be in a healthy, symbiotic relationship with our planet’s ecosystems of which we are a part. We are a part of this earth’s whole. I am investigating that connection even more in my new series, Elementals. The drawings are less structured, even less representationally figurative than my other work. In 2013, I began to draw these during a limited edition album art project for Pausal’s Along the Mantic Spring (below)… and I realized this the other day in a “haven’t I seen these before?” moment.


They are a combination of my emotional, innate responses and spontaneous expressions of nature.

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Filial, 2017, ink drawing

Gist Across Over, 2017, ink drawing

Moonlit Stitch, 2017, ink drawing

If you are interested in collecting my drawn works, I do offer them for sale at my website. You can see and purchase them from me directly if you live in the Phoenix metropolitan area. Also feel free to PM me with any questions or thoughts.

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Yesterday, I pulled out the staples adhering the painting, Calamus,to its board, and untaped the border to show the reveal (clean edges). On the back, I wrote my title, signature and date painted. Lastly, I covered it with protective glassine till it is ready to take to the framers. I savor all the small, careful steps that go into the process of making, learning and caring for art.

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I have now completed the painting that I’ve worked on for so long. Rider, 27″ x 19″, watecolor, ink and pastel.

fish web version
Detail pictures.


I have enjoyed reading about the biophilia hypothesis, created by evolutionary biologist, Edward O. Wilson, which states humans inherently have an attraction toward participating with other life forms in nature. Evolutionary psychology is also a good part of such a discussion; we are thus attracted because of adaptations occurring through the evolution of our ancestry.  I search out and am drawn toward nature encounters, like dipping my hands into a writhing mound of convergent lady-beetles or discovering an Arizona cliff-side honeycombed with bald-eagle nests. These encounters are intersecting points that stir something deeper within me, something deeply known that is beyond this present life. Separated from those experiences, I feel less of nature, less of me, less of you. It is yet another fascinating layer of experiencing and being aware of interconnectedness. We are not solo journeyers.


Here are recent drawings.

Pedigree, 2014, ink drawing.


An older drawing I recalled while writing this post. Returning, 2012, ink drawing.


Feverers, 2014, ink drawing.



Painting and Drawing Gallery


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