Earth: Connections and Contemplations

This series is about my love of spacious outdoor places and my spiritual connection with the earth. By collecting earth pigments from locations I visit, I incorporate both the actual earth samples and the evidence of my direct contact with the earth and these places. Teabag and coffee filter papers in my art continue to represent the quiet meditative moments associated with the act of sitting quietly in contemplation and also act as markers for the countless incremental moments of time that make up geological history.

Some of these works also use earth pigments in patterns that have symbolic meanings based on rules defined by Morse code, binary and bar codes. This creates layers of meaning –  from the basic abstracted imagery, to the meanings I associate with my chosen materials, to the coded messages in the patterns.

Red Planet - Encaustic, rust, earth - 18" x 20" - 2014

Red Planet

Postcards from Holiday - Encaustic, earth, rust - 18" x 18" - 2014

Postcards from Holiday

Once There Were Great Mountains - Encaustic, rust, earth - 14" x 10" - 2014

Once There Were Great Mountains

Morning on Planet Earth - Encaustic, earth, rust, coffee - 24" x 18" - 2014

Morning on Planet Earth

Littoral Abstraction - Encaustic, earth, rust - 20" x 24" - 2014

Littoral Abstraction

Life on Earth - Encaustic, rust, earth, coffee - 18" x 18" - 2014

Life on Earth

Activities of Daily Living - Encaustic, rust, coffee, teabag paper - 14" x 14" - 2014

Activities of Daily Living

Om (Code 39) - encaustic, paper, earth - 18 3/4" x 18 3/4" - 2012

Om (Code 39)

Alluvial OM #2 - encaustic, paper, coffee filters, earth - 18 3/4" x 18 3/4" - 2012

Alluvial Om #2

Earth Palette - encaustic, paper, teabag paper, earth - 18 3/4" x 18 3/4" - 2012

Earth Palette

Earth Sampler - encaustic, paper, teabag paper, filtered earth - 32" x 32" - 2012

Earth Sampler

Chant - encaustic, paper, teabag paper, earth - 10" x 40" - 2012

Chant

Chant II - encaustic, paper, teabag paper, earth - 10" x 40" - 2014

Chant II

At night we saw lights in the sky - Encaustic, paper, teabag paper, thread, earth - 10" x 10" - 2012

At night we saw lights in the sky

Alluvial OM - encaustic, paper, teabag paper, coffee filters, earth - diptych: each panel 36" x 28", 36" x 56" overall - 2012

Alluvial OM

Heavens and Earths #1 - encaustic, paper, earth, photo transfer, acrylic - 10 1/2" x 23 1/2" - 2011

Heavens and Earths #1

Heavens and Earths #2 - encaustic, paper, earth, photo transfer, acrylic - 10 1/2" x 23 1/2" - 2011

Heavens and Earths #2

Heavens and Earths #3 - encaustic, paper, earth, photo transfer, acrylic - 10 1/2" x 23 1/2" - 2011

Heavens and Earths #3

Heavens and Earths #4 - encaustic, paper, earth, photo transfer, acrylic - 10 1/2" x 23 1/2" - 2011

Heavens and Earths #4

Earth Sample #1 - encaustic, teabag paper, earth - 12" x 12" - 2010

Earth Sample #1

Earth Sample #2 - encaustic, teabag paper, earth - 12" x 12" - 2010

Earth Sample #2

Earth Sample #3 - encaustic, teabag paper, earth - 12" x 12" - 2010

Earth Sample #3

Earth Sample #4- encaustic, teabag paper, earth - 12" x 12" - 2010

Earth Sample #4

Earth Quadrant #5 - encaustic, teabag paper, earth - 12" x 12" - 2010

Earth Quadrant #5

Earth Quadrant #6 - encaustic, teabag paper, earth - 12" x 12" - 2010

Earth Quadrant #6

Earth Quadrant #7 - encaustic, teabag paper, earth - 12" x 12" - 2010

Earth Quadrant #7

Earth Quadrant #8 - encaustic, teabag paper, earth - 12" x 12" - 2010

Earth Quadrant #8

En Echelon - encaustic, earth, dyed paper, pastel - 38 ¼” x 40 ½” - 2009

En Echelon

Graben - encaustic, earth, dyed paper, pastel, bamboo - 44 ½” x 40 ½” - 2009

Graben

Horst - encaustic, earth, dyed paper - 38" x 28” - 2009

Horst

Andreas - encaustic, earth, dyed paper - 44 ¾” x 27 ½” - 2009

Andreas