It was exciting to get back into working with wood after a seven month Covid-closure of the community wood shop where I work. In my “Full Moon” series I am exploring my own relationship with natural world here in the desert region of Southern Arizona. I get my inspiration from the names of each full moon, and those names are rooted in the tightly couple relationships indigenous peoples of North America had with the earth and the cosmos.
My birth sign is Virgo, and each piece features the constellation of Virgo together with a representation of the Sun, Earth, and moon.
The latest piece captures my longing for rain and the dramatic violence of desert storms. I long to hear, see and smell the desert soaked in rainfall.
Several people have asked me how I come up with my ideas. It’s hard to answer as my brain is constantly skipping between visual images, sounds and the written word. I guess that is how imagination works. At some point I start to capture ideas in two dimensions sketches. These sketches are all over the place both physically and metaphorically. It would be nice to say that I am organized and have a sketchbook with me at all times… not the case. I end up scribbling on napkins, receipts, envelopes…. Sometimes the sketches are just words, but eventually a picture emerges. The sketch I have included above revealed itself to me on the butcher paper that I use to protect my workbench from glue and dyes.