Kyoto

     I have an affinity for eastern philosophy and aesthetics. These pieces offer quiet meditative imagery influenced by a trip to Japan. Imagery derived from patterns of tatami mats and shoji screens are reminiscent of peaceful stays in ryokan lodging. The effects of peaceful walks in Japanese villages and long periods of sitting in grand yet austere temples and gardens sifted into my art.

     Ryokan are Japanese inns, traditionally with tatami mat floors and futon bedding. Shoji screen doors soften the room’s light. The  geometric lines of the tatami and shoji contrast with selected views out to a zen garden. The ryokan are tranquil soft places, unencumbered and sparse in a way that creates a calming  sense of open space.

     I often use geometric forms and grids in my designs, but, like Japanese gardens, the geometry is softened by an organic nature, suggesting an imperfect and impermanent or evolving division of space.

Meditation on Impermanence - encaustic, oil - 36" x 28" - 2011

Meditation on Impermanence

Migrations - encaustic, dyed paper - 30" x 40" - 2009

Migrations

The Inevitability of Chance Occurrence - encaustic, dyed paper, oil, ink - 36" x 30" - 2009

The Inevitability of Chance Occurrence

Riada (Flash Flood) - encaustic, dyed paper - Diptych: 16" x 24", 16" x 24" (16" x 48" overall) - 2009

Riada (Flash Flood)

Journey to the East - encaustic, paper, fabric - 48" x 34" - 2003

Journey to the East

Fall - encaustic, maple leaves - 37 3/4" x 29 1/2" - 2003

Fall

Ripple - encaustic, paper - 48 1/2" x 30 1/2" - 2002

Ripple

Argonaut's Voyage - encaustic, dyed paper, oil, earth -12" x 12" - 2009

Argonaut’s Voyage

Kyoto #1 - encaustic, paper, oil - 48" x 35 1/2" - 2002

Kyoto #1

Kyoto #4 - encaustic, paper, oil, pastel - 48" x 30" - 2002

Kyoto #4

Kyoto #5 - encaustic, teabag paper, coffee filters - 7 1/2" x 5 1/2" - 2005

Kyoto #5

Kyoto #6 - encaustic, paper, teabag paper, coffee filters - 8" x 6" - 2006

Kyoto #6

Kyoto #7 - encaustic, paper, teabag paper, oil, pastel - 31 1/2" x 31 1/2" - 2007

Kyoto #7

Kyoto #8 - encaustic, oil pastel, wax pastel, paper, teabag paper - 14" x 11" - 2008

Kyoto #8

Kyoto #9 - encaustic, oil pastel, wax pastel, oil, teabag paper - 14" x 11" - 2008

Kyoto #9

Ryokan #6 - encaustic, paper, comb wax, maple leaves - 14 5/8" x 10 5/8" - 2005

Ryokan #6

Ryokan #7 - encaustic, teabag paper, comb wax - 7" x 5" - 2005

Ryokan #7

Ryokan #8 - encaustic, teabag paper, thread - 18" x 18" - 2006

Ryokan #8

Ryokan #9 - encaustic, teabag paper, lace paper - 14 5/8" x 10 5/8" - 2006

Ryokan #9

Ryokan #10 - encaustic, paper, teabag paper, thread - 8" x 6" - 2006

Ryokan #10

Noren - encaustic, dyed paper, oil - 8" x 6" - 2009

Noren