Colorado residents are wary of fire, but there is a seductive and primal beauty in the destructive flames.
After months of photographing wild and prescribed burns near Boulder, Colorado, I gained a tremendous amount of respect for wildland firefighters. They do a valuable, romantic, and difficult job. But in my artwork I draw a line between Forest Service firefighters who do good work, and Forest Service logging projects that do harm. Studies show that firefighting resources and fire-proof “defensible space” around dwellings will save many houses, but forest clearcutting has little likelihood of saving a home during a wildfire.
The artistic distinction is visible in my romantic portrayal of firefighters, my bleaker presentation of clearcuts, and my painful depiction of homes that survived an initial crown fire only to burn many hours later. Lingering embers crept through pine needles to light wooden decks, but it was long after the crown fire and the firefighters had moved elsewhere.
You can view the photographs at Fire Portfolio or from the menu on the left.
Come visit my studio! I have been selected for Boulder Open Studios again in 2015, and I will have over 60 exciting works on display, including a number of large 6 foot prints from my new Lawnmower Subversive series, a whimsical collection of wild grass photographs taken in the Colorado mountains. You can also see photographs published this summer in Defenders of Wildlife and two photographs recently on display in the Smithsonian Museum in D.C.
Save the date on your calendar: noon-6:00pm, Oct 3-4 and 10-11. Drive up beautiful Magnolia to see the stunning fall colors as well as some artwork!
I am Studio #6... Find your way up Magnolia out of Boulder Canyon and then follow the signs to Studio #6. And don't forget to visit some of the other wonderful Open Studios' artists who are within just a couple of miles, all in the gorgeous mountains on Magnolia.
I’m excited to have another photograph in the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History! A 40 by 30 inch print of the eagle and salmon shown to the right will be part the show Wilderness Forever. The exhibit opens September 2014 and celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. This show is a perfect match for me -- there is nothing that I like to celebrate more than wilderness!
This could be one of my favorite shows of the year and features a collection of playful wild grass photographs from my Lawnmower Subversive series. The amazing colors and shapes in my wild grass photographs are unaltered and just as I see them through the camera’s lens (i.e., no “photoshopping”). I love how our preconceived notions of green lawns are completely upturned by the amazing natural colors found in autumn’s wild grass. As part of the “subversive” fun, I’ll have a number of huge 6 foot and 4 foot prints that play with our sense of scale and highlight the beautiful shapes found in wild grass.
Open Studios Gallery @ Rembrandt Yard, 1301 Spruce St, Boulder, CO 80302
p.s., I’m also sharing the gallery space with wonderful oil paintings by Theresa Beck and encaustics by Charli Ornette, so you can fill your visit with all kinds of great art!
Entrance to the Rembrandt Yard with my artwork “Skinny Dancers” on the left, and Charli Ornette’s encaustic on the right.
It's a celebration of all things food at the Dairy Center for the Arts in Boulder! I have a couple of (very affordable) pieces juried into the show (see Shadows of a Tomato to the right). Join the fun at the opening of the exhibit on June 20, 4:00-7:00. In addition to great art on the walls, there's live music, live food painting, poets reading food-related poetry, and decorated cake art.
All of my other recent exhibition openings have been free and open to the public, but ticket sales for this special event benefit the Dairy and support its fantastic art programs.
Dairy Center for the Arts, 2590 Walnut St, Boulder, CO 80302
I’m super excited about this exhibit featuring a collection from my wild grass portfolio in one of Boulder’s premier art venues. If you haven’t seen my grass photographs, the 14 pieces in this show reflect the amazing variety of natural colors and shapes seen in wild grass. If you thought grass was always green, it’s time to rethink and visit this show! If you can make the opening (May 8, 5:00pm), I’ll be giving a fun and accessible presentation about these unique photographs.
Dairy Center for the Arts, 2590 Walnut St, Boulder, CO 80302
p.s. The Rembrandt Yard exhibit (May 14 - Aug 9) also has a number of my wild grass photographs, including some larger 40 by 60 inch images that are great for Yoga Studios and other businesses!
A young visitor asks questions about some of the artwork in my exhibit at the Dairy Center for the Arts in Boulder.
Thanks to the many who came by! I had a wonderful evening presenting trends in contemporary nature photography (think “postmodern critique of nature photography clichés”—now that’s a mouthful). I am very impressed by the quality of the club’s photography, and judging the member’s artwork in their monthly competition was only difficult because so much of it was absolutely spectacular.
It's the "Month of Photography" in Colorado, and in addition to my solo show in Nederland (see below), I have several of my wild grass photos in a wonderfully eclectic show at the Canyon Gallery (Main Library, in downtown Boulder). I'm excited by my new wild grass collection, which features unaltered mountain meadow grasses in amazing true-to-life colors, all printed on beautiful cotton-rag papers that give each work a painterly quality. Here's a chance to see a few of these new pieces hanging alongside works by a number of friends and colleagues, all talented Boulder-area photographers. Do stop by!
1001 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder, CO 80302
p.s. If you miss this show, then stay-tuned for another upcoming exhibit that will feature many more of my grass photographs!
If you are on your way through Nederland to ski, stop by the public library. Living in Colorado pretty much guarantees that you enjoy snow (that's me!), or tolerate snow, or grit your teeth sufficiently to survive the snow (that's my wife). Regardless, an occasional escape from the cold is nice too. In this small show, I'll have around 20 pieces on the library wall, all of them warm weather escapist photographs -- jungles of Dominica, deserts of Namibia, cacti of the Sonoran Desert, blue waters of the Bahamas... You get the idea. It's a photographic antidote for sub-zero 800 mph winter winds.
Stop by and look at a beautiful collection of paintings and photographs from artists who have been inspired by and spent extensive time in the Alaskan wilderness. My work is a photograph selected by the National Park Service showing the beautiful blue waters and lupines of the Glacier Bay Wilderness Area. I spent a month kayaking this wilderness and photographing the amazing landscape, wildlife and abstract pattermns in the glaciers and icebergs. My photograph of an eagle on display in the Smithsonian is from this same collection.
If you are hiking at the gorgeous Caribou Ranch Open Space, stop by and say hello. I'll be staying in the historic DeLonde Barn and doing artwork on the premises for the week of July 28 - Aug 1, 2014. It's part of the Boulder County Artist-in-Residence program, and I'm excited to be staying at my favorite Boulder County Open Space property. If you haven't visited Caribou Ranch, it has beautiful hiking trails, aspen groves, mountain meadows, waterfalls, historic mining structures, and of course, the historic barn (my temporary home!) and ranch house featured in the Bing Crosby and Slim Pickens movie "Stagecoach." Hope to see you!
Stop by and look at a beautiful collection of paintings and photographs from artists who have been inspired by and spent extensive time in the Alaskan wilderness. My work is a photograph selected by the National Park Service showing the beautiful blue waters and lupines of the Glacier Bay Wilderness Area. I spent a month kayaking this wilderness and photographing the amazing landscape, wildlife and abstract pattermns in the glaciers and icebergs. My photograph of an eagle going on display in the Smithsonian in September is from this same collection.
Drop by and see my artwork at this wonderful show in downtown Louisville. There is a lot of superb photography in this exhibit, and I'm pleased that the jury selected one of my limited edition abstracts. The Louisville Center for the Arts is located at 801 Grant Avenue (it's easier to park a block south on Spruce Street).
As an artistic celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act, I'm excited to be part of a traveling exhibition that starts at the Sitka National Historic Park and finishes at the Anchorage Museum almost a year later. If you happen to be in Sitka this March, stop by the National Park Visitor Center and take a look! The photographs and paintings were all inspired by extended trips into the wilderness sponsored by the Voices of the Wilderness Artist in Residence program. Stay tuned as the show travels throughout the state (Fairbanks, Juneau, Homer...).