Stand-Alone Pieces

 

Coyote and Fox

2019

24”x36”

Acrylic ink on wood assemblage

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This piece was originally created for a fundraiser for the Historic Fort Missoula Museum. The assignment was to create a piece from a decade in Missoula's history. I chose the 1860’s.

“Your (Coyote’s) bones may be scattered but, if there is one hair of your body left, Fox can make you live again.” - the great Spirit Chief, Salish legend


Katshituashku - Dad

2018

30”x36”

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Earth teach me quiet ~ as the grasses are still with new light.
Earth teach me suffering ~ as old stones suffer with memory.
Earth teach me humility ~ as blossoms are humble with beginning.
Earth teach me caring ~ as mothers nurture their young.
Earth teach me courage ~ as the tree that stands alone.
Earth teach me limitation ~ as the ant that crawls on the ground.
Earth teach me freedom ~ as the eagle that soars in the sky.
Earth teach me acceptance ~ as the leaves that die each fall.
Earth teach me renewal ~ as the seed that rises in the spring.
Earth teach me to forget myself ~ as melted snow forgets its life.
Earth teach me to remember kindness ~ as dry fields weep with rain.
- A Ute Prayer



Be Still and Wait

2018

36”x18”

Acrylic ink on wood assemblage

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“When you are in doubt, be still, and wait;
when doubt no longer exists for you, then go forward with courage.
So long as mists envelop you, be still;
be still until the sunlight pours through and dispels the mists
-- as it surely will.
Then act with courage.”
-Ponca Chief White Eagle (1800's to 1914)

This piece was originally designed to coincide with a fellow artist’s work, Katrina Ruhmland. It was built to illustrate a personal moment from her life, and path-altering epiphany. She created a series of six beautifully beadworked elk-leg bones, which were displayed under my painting.


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Laws of the Spirit

2016

34"x47"

Acrylic ink/pen/charcoal on wood assemblage

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"Man's law changes with his understanding of man.  Only the laws of the spirit remain always the same." - Crow proverb


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Oh, My Love What a Mirror Image We Are

2016

18"x32"

Acrylic ink/pen/woodburn on wood assemblage

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Oh my love, what a mirror image We are,

dipped down, waxing, waning.

Like the moon in its pearl shell

You hang between these layers

We call reality and figment,

hovering, floating, falling,

You are a white specter,

an innocent, contained in raw form

from Your first day.

Beware the figment, the underworld,

for there They hunt,

not like in reality where They only can crave

and long, and satiate

only on Our fear.

Below They hunger and waitfor a tender morsel to drop,like snowflakes on a child's tongue,where You shall melt just as rapidlyand completely.Reality is real, and new, and clean;but figment is more, and ancient,and eternal,guarded by its keepers,the gate remains open, just a crack.

Enough to allow a stray drop,

an unsuspected soul,

to slip by

unhindered,

unannounced.

But where shall It land?


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So It Goes

2015

4"x4"x6"

Acrylic ink/pen on wood assemblage kinetic sculpture

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"And so it goes..." 

Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse Five


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Parasites

2015

8"x6"

Acrylic on wood assemblage

SOLD


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Where the Wildflowers Grow

2015

9"x12"

Acrylic ink/pen on wood assemblage

SOLD


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I Am in Them, and That is Eternity

2014

14"x14"

Acrylic ink/pen on wood

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"From My Rotting Body, Flowers Shall Grow, and I Am in Them, and That Is Eternity" 
—Edvard Munch


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Mirror Dimly

2014

36"x40"

Acrylic ink/pen on wood assemblage

SOLD


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Pilgrimage

2015

4"x12"

Acrylic ink/pen on wood

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Defying Odds

2015

10"x14"

Acrylic on wood assemblage

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