A month long fellowship in October 2001 and again in April 2003 at the Hambidge Center for the reative Arts in Rabun Gap, Georgia, provided the setting and inspiration for these images.
Located within a 700 acre site in the Southern Nantahala Wilderness, the Hambidge Center lies within one of three temperate zone rain forests in the world. Trees and plants that are nearly extinct in other parts of the world thrive in this protected preserve. Painting on-site in this area was an exciting and stimulating, as well as a contemplative process.
Explorations of painted patterns of color and light that move in rhythmic interconnected forms give visual expression to the experience of living in this place.
Upon returning home, I continued with the "response to the forest" theme by locating protected forest wilderness areas. I found that spending time in fairly isolated wooded groves lended itself to an intensity of feeling and kinship with and within the natural world. These feelings and experiences inspire and sustain me and hopefully suggest an understanding of the natural world as sacred space. My intent is to "give homage" to the places and spaces in which we dwell.