Being out in nature has always been a huge part of my creative process. When I was younger I thought I might become a park ranger or a biologist, geologist, or some other type of science person that got to observe nature. As an artist I do get to look at the world around me as I see it and they show that point of view in my work. Beyond the more literal observations of the world there are deeper psychological meanings to be discovered. Each person brings their own perspective and it can be helpful to have a little historical context too when looking at art about nature. Below is a short quote about the mythological meanings of earth and sky.

In comparative mythology, sky father is a term for a recurring concept of a sky god who is addressed as a “father”, often the father of a pantheon. The concept of “sky father” may also be taken to include Sun gods with similar characteristics. The concept is complementary to an “earth mother”. The Earth Mother is a motif that appears in many mythologies. The Earth Mother is a fertile goddess embodying the fertile earth and typically, the mother of other deities, and so, also are seen as patronesses of motherhood. This is generally thought of as being because the earth was seen as being the mother from whom all life sprang. – Wiki

Looking at the natural world and seeing it alive in a meaningful way is a psychological thing. I mean that not everyone perceives the same environment in that same way. What might be a fun camping trip for one individual can be scary for another. In this body of work I see my own ideas about the natural world reflected back at me. Growing up in Santa Barbara, a coastal town with mild weather and a friendly wilderness has an impact on how I see nature. This is the basic idea of nature as being symbolic for something deeper. In my case the symbols of plants and flowers represent home and family. Extending this personal association with the plant imagery to the larger cultural and mythic circles presents lots of other opportunities to explore the power and purpose of nature art. At the core I see this body of work as reflecting a spiritual idea that the soul is free.


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