Birdsong

“In your light I learn how to love.

In your beauty, how to make poems.

You dance inside my chest, 

where no one sees you, 

but sometimes I do, and that

sight becomes this art.”

– From Birdsong Rumi
fifty-three short poems translated by Coleman Barks
  MirrorOfMyMirror_RUrista_smallMirror of my Mirror, 12×48, Mixed media on wood panel, Private Collection

TheBlueLake_RUrista_CloseUp

These two paintings were created in honor of National Poetry Month back in April. Weaving my words into the paint and papers, making visible abstract poems and sensations; these two paintings were born.

Does Poetry inspire you to paint too? I have found poetry and abstract writings to be spring boards into a painting. Or, if I feel “stuck” poetry can fuel the next decision… How do you use poetry in your art?

I am proud and honored to have had them on display during April at Pegasus Art Gallery in Corvallis, Oregon.

SoulWaters_RUrista_SmallSoulWaters_RUrista_Closeup2Soul Waters, 48×12, Mixed media on wood panel, Sold

 

Art Show Corvallis

This past fall and winter I’ve been pretty quiet, hard at work in the studio creating a new series work. So it is with great pleasure that I announce a new art show featuring my newest series and the work of the talented local artist Alexandra Schaefers. The show is at Studio262 (in the Madison building), in the new and expanded space.

Drop by and soak in the poetry and prose and paint!

Below is a sneek peek of just a few of the pieces in the show…hope you enjoy!

10928199_1024039557607668_3150608169205940940_n 10393702_824938064227582_4513882756551856911_nLove Poem, 30×40 Mixed media on canvas

1560764_824938047560917_876168776569234768_nDame de la Montagne (Lady of the Mountain), 24×48 Mixed media on canvas

10428578_824938050894250_5789760309134161049_nShika no Kami (Deer Spirt/god), 12×48 Mixed media on wood

11014621_809999849054737_287325065161357835_nFox, 12×12 Mixed media on canvas