Seasons

This is a series of contemplations on the seasons of life, the inevitability of our humanity, and our role in the universe. I used the book of Ecclesiastes as a jumping off point, but also tied these thoughts in with many different view points, all with the end question: what are we doing, and why does it matter? Also, there are a lot of trees.

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Chase After the Wind

2014

42"x54"

Acrylic ink/pen on wood assemblage

SOLD

"How are the wise better off than fools? What good does it do the poor to know how to face life? It is useless; it is like chasing the wind. It is better to be satisfied with what you have than to be always wanting something else. Everything that happens was already determined long ago, and we all know that you cannot argue with someone who is stronger than you. The longer you argue, the more useless it is, and you are no better off. How can anyone know what is best for us in this short, useless life of ours - a life that passes like a shadow? How can we know what will happen in the world after we die?"   -Ecclestiastes 6:8-12


Your War is Not with the Trees

2017 

24"x34"

Acrylic ink on wood assemblage

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"The nations were angry, and your wrath has come. The time has come for judging the dead, and for rewarding your servants the prophets and your people who revere your name, both great and small- and for destroying those who destroy the earth." -Revelation 11:18


“What we are doing to the forests of the world is but a mirror reflection of what we are doing to ourselves and to one another.” 
― Chris Maser, 
Forest Primeval: The Natural History of an Ancient Forest


A Time for Everything

2018

18”x15”

Acrylic on wood assemblage

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“For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven. A time to be born and a time to die. A time to plant and a time to harvest. A time to kill and a time to heal. A time to tear down and a time to build up. A time to cry and a time to laugh.
A time to grieve and a time to dance. A time to scatter stones and a time to gather stones. A time to embrace and a time to turn away. A time to search and a time to quit searching. A time to keep and a time to throw away. A time to tear and a time to mend. A time to be quiet and a time to speak. A time to love and a time to hate. A time for war and a time for peace.” - Ecclesiastes 3:1-8


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The Destiny of Everyone

2018

15”x 16”

Acrylic on wood assemblage

*Currently available at Radius Gallery

“It is better to go to a house in mourning than to a house party, because that is everyone's destiny; and the living should take it to heart.” - Ecclesiastes 7:2

“Someday when we die we will lose all our possessions, our power, our family, everything.  Our freedom, peace and joy in the present moment is the most important thing we have.  But without an awakened understanding of impermanence, it is not possible to be happy.” - Thich Nhat Hanh


The Same Breath

2018

10”x20”

*Currently Available at Radius Gallery

“Surely the fate of human beings is like that of the animals; the same fate awaits them both: As one dies, so dies the other. All have the same breath; humans have no advantage over animals. “ -Ecclesiastes 3:19


Trapped by Evil Times

2018

16.5”x19”

Acrylic on wood assemblage

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“Moreover, no one knows when their hour will come: As fish are caught in a cruel net, or birds are taken in a snare, so people are trapped by evil times that fall unexpectedly upon them.” - Ecclesiastes 9:12

“Let everything happen to you
Beauty and terror
Just keep going
No feeling is final” 
― Rainer Maria Rilke


Eternity in the Human Heart

2018

40.5”x45”

Acrylic ink on wood assemblage

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“He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.” - Ecclesiastes 3:11

What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.” - Ecclesiastes 1:9

Man, do not pride yourself on your superiority to the animals, for they are without sin, while you, with all your greatness, you defile the earth wherever you appear and leave an ignoble trail behind you -- and that is true, alas, for almost every one of us!” - Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov

“We speak of love when we destroy nature. It sounds like innocence of cruel arrogance.” - Toba Beta

“A lifetime of eating at the foot of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil had produced a vision of saints and sinners. My heart ached to embark on a journey of liberation and taste of the Tree of Life where saint and sinner are one in love. Every saint has a story, and all sinners have glorious pages yet to be written.” 
― R.J. Blizzard, 
Incarnate: The Incredible Journey of Edward Mayus


“What strange phenomena we find in a great city, all we need do is stroll about with our eyes open. Life swarms with innocent monsters.”―Charles Baudelaire

“All cities are mad: but the madness is gallant. All cities are beautiful, but the beauty is grim.” ― Christopher Morley

Life Swarms with Innocent Monsters

2018

34”x33”

Acrylic ink/ charcoal/ pen on wood assemblage

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Blessed is She

2019

22.5”x24”

Acrylic ink/ colored pencil on wood assemblage

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“Sorrow is knowledge: they who know the most must mourn the deepest o’er the fatal truth, the Tree of Knowledge is not that of Life.” ― George Gordon Byron, Manfred

But whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a fount of water springing up to eternal life.”“The woman said to Him, “Sir, give me this water so that I will not get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.” -John 4:14&15

“Blessed be she who is both furious and magnificent” - Taylor Rhodes

“There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” - Galatians 3:28

“The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing. “ -Albert Einstein

Hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil. - Confucius

“This is what it means to be a woman in this world. Every step is a bargain with pain. Make your black deals in the black wood and decide what you’ll trade for power. For the opposite of weakness, which is not strength but hardness. I am a trap, but so is everything. Pick your price. I am a huckster with a hand in your pocket. I am freedom and I will eat your heart.” ― Catherynne M. Valente, Six-Gun Snow White

“So she gave in for a few moments and allowed herself to feel the pain, to wallow in It, relish it even just a little, for she knew that she would never again allow herself to feel this depth of sadness” -Lisa-Marie Butler