After the Gold Rush is a continuing body of work that examines the changing landscape and ecology of the Southwest resulting from increasing land development, oil extraction, and large scale mining operations. These paintings challenge common cultural relationships with the land by appropriating the visual aesthetics of traditional western landscape painting to construct imaginary narratives that reveal potential consequences of current actions within the broader society. The dreamlike quality of the images elicit a sense of suspended disbelief that challenges our perceptions of reality and brings attention to the fleeting nature of existence.
This body of work examines specific sites in the Southwestern United States. Most Images have a corresponding site. To learn more about the site and the work click the link below the piece. Follow me on Instagram to see works in progress!
Links to works in progress and preliminary site visits I have conducted are listed below:
This Painting features a Coatimundi, an animal present in the Gila Wilderness. This is an imagined vision of a proposed dam on the Gila river, the last continuous wild watershed in the continental United States. This painting is painted on top of a Gila Wilderness Map and various news clippings of the dam proposal. More Info
Home On The Range
Mixed Media Oil On Wood Panel 2015 24 x 36''
This painting is the first work of this series. It examines the tragedy and near extinction of the North American Bison. The landscape is taken from a mine in Nevada. The geometric halo is cut from a map of the historical disappearance of this animals habitat due to manifest destiny, genocide, and and greed during the 1800's.
This work examines the wildlife impacted by the "Moly Mine" a mine north of Questa, NM. The site is currently a Superfund cleanup site and run by Chevron. An open Molybdenum pit mine operated on and off since 1965. Molybdmium is an insolluable heavy metal. Leaching of contaminants from this site have been found in the Red River which feeds into the Rio Grande 20 miles or so downstream. More Info
Happy Little Contrails
Oil on Canvas 2014 36 x 24''
El Chino Copper Mine- near Silver City, NM.
E Pluribus Unum (2017- Present)
Bird On A Wire
Mixed Media Collage, graphite and Oil on Wood Panel. 2019 12 x 12”
Mixed Media Collage, Graphite, and oil on wood Panel. 2019 12x12’’
Mixed Media Collage, graphite and Oil on Wood Panel. 2017 12 x 12”
Gaia: Exoteric Visions 2009-2015
Gaia: Exoteric Visions is a body of paintings that expand the possibilities of conventional surrealism by placing objects together that appear to be assembled in an illogical or idiosyncratic way, but upon closer inspection illuminate relationships that may be interpreted as social, political, or cultural in nature. The work seeks to create a confluence of traditional, indigenous, and modern world perspectives on metaphysical philosophy. Guitar bodies, pottery, sections of picture frames and enigmatic portals with stars and galaxies are all juxtaposed in a landscape with multiple layers of perceived depth that both deconstruct the illusions sought in traditional painting, and create new illusory perceptions of space. The cultural familiarity of the objects and the bucolic environments they occupy are both reassuring and, sometimes, disquieting. The work aims at a synthesis of the ancient and the modern; of the western with the eastern; of the native and the imported. Depicting landscapes that exist beyond time and culture, yet contain both. Environments that transcend the measurable and the absolute.
Formations That Follow Me Home
Oil on Canvas 2013 48 x 36''
Water Carier and Catharsis
Oil on Canvas 2015 72 x 48''
San Pedro Under Blue Sky
Oil On Wood Panel 2012 42 x24''
Oil On Wood Panel 2012 42 x 24''
A Vision of Ancestors
Oil on Wood Panel 2011 42 x 24''
Oil On Wood Panel 2010 72 x 48''
Oil on Canvas 2010 36 x 36''
Transcendence: A Vessel
Oil on Canvas 2010 60 x 60 ''
The Vast Expanse
Oil On Wood Panel 48 x 24 2009
Earthchant: A Wild River Hymn
Video Work done for "Gaia: The Consecration Of Earth" My BFA Honors Thesis Exhibition
Retrogradus is a body of work that is more directly political in nature. These works have been painted at differing moments of time throughout my career. They often focus on a specific person, cause , or place. They are usually the outcomes or byproducts of deviations in my painting practice, however some have been commissioned ideas. These deviations have often inspired ideas for other paintings. Sometimes painted as stand alone paintings and other times painted in two's. I like them.