Monday, August 07, 2017

Relocating

As many of you know, I am relocating to North Carolina in less than two weeks. It doesn't even feel real yet, and it probably won't until I'm about halfway through the trip.

Over the past 30 years, Grand Marais has become my home. It is here that I overcame my stage fright. It is here that I found my voice as a visual artist. Grand Marais is the only place that Flash Meridian could have come to life. Without Grand Marais, I wouldn't have my children, my career, my friends. You've challenged and inspired me. You've listened to me and hugged me. I am truly grateful.

I look forward to finding out how this new version of me translates to a different place, and what direction my art might take down south.

I'll be in the sand hills, about an hour from the ocean. Maybe we'll see tuna in the branches of southern yellow pines... but I kind of doubt it.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Friday, May 05, 2017

Thursday, April 27, 2017

The Witch Tree

24" x 36", acrylic on canvas, 2017

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Thursday, April 06, 2017

Fish Witch 2

When I first moved to Grand Marais nearly 30 years ago, two natural features fascinated me. Devil's Kettle and the Witch Tree. We have many rivers and many trees here in the boreal forest, but these two oddities are unique.

I had been painting old growth white pines for a long time, then one day I saw a branch that looked like a fish. I thought I'd try it out. I painted a fish into that branch that hung with its mouth open. There's a beautiful stand of trees a little way up the Gunflint Trail that I have painted over and over. I've gotten to know those individual trees quite well, and when I approach them on the road, they greet me like friends.

As an individual tree, the Witch Tree is even more unique and recognizable. She's not so tall or easy to find, but is a symbol of survival against the odds. Perseverance in adverse conditions. Sacred to many. Mysterious and inspiring, clinging to rock, she is unlikely. Unlike the fish who come and go, swimming in her shadow, she is steadfast.

I am just one of many artists to interpret this amazing and beautiful cedar.