Floaters and Focal Points

Floaters and Focal Points (Pessimism and Hope Travel Together) When I am in red rock country, I sit enamored with the beauty in front of me. Then it happens… somewhere in the back of my mind, a newspaper article or Facebook post surfaces that reveals the oil and gas drilling operation being proposed for that very area. The thought taints my experience with the desert view. I can’t see it without it being obscured by politics, ecologic crisis, and cultural complacency. These floaters distract me. They are ever present. They are blinding.

Sick of the floaters, I look for a cure. I make a conscious choice to hear the words, perform the actions and appreciate the beauty that makes me believe (even for just a few seconds) in humanity and in nature’s ability to heal. Focusing-in takes effort and requires discipline. But I do it because I have skin in the game – literally. The shear will that arises from giving birth has sharpened my focus and challenged my view.

Grief, 2019
oil on canvas
54″ x 60”
Resilience, 2019
oil on canvas
54″ x 60”
Love Letter from a Sinking Ship, 2019
oil on canvas
54″ x 60”
Floaters (The Pacific Trash Gyre), 2017
charcoal and gouache on paper
22″ x 30″ 
Floaters (Drilling in Canyon Country), 2017
charcoal and gouache on paper
22″ x 30″ 
Floaters (Melting Glacers)
charcoal and gouache on paper
22″ x 30″‘ 
Floaters (Damming the Yellowstone), 2017
charcoal and gouache on paper
22″ x 30″ 
Yatsugatake – Warming Melting, 2017
charcoal and gouache on paper
30” x 22”
Yatsugatake – Warming Melting side, view with pink gouache glow
Koumi Town, Changing Leaving, 2017
charcoal and gouache on paper
30″ x 22″
Koumi Town, Changing Leaving, side view with pink gouache glow
Viewfinder, Changing view, 2017
Viewfinder, Changing view 2, 2017
Viewfinders, detail, gallery display
Viewfinders, detail, stand displayed in Koumi, Japan
Viewfinders, detail, stand displayed in Koumi, Japan view 2