BLUE HERON, RED SKY ACRYLICS ON CEDAR W/RED OAK FRAME SUMMER 2021
Red skies at evening time create some of the most beautiful and memorable sunsets. However, within the last several years, those sunsets have come at a price. They typically mean that forest fires are in the area or, at the very least, that smoke from distant fires has settled over us. We humans are fortunate that we can shelter inside away from the harming smoke, but our local wildlife is not so lucky. This painting attests to the fact that climates are drastically changing, and that a change in our own actions is needed to counteract it. The design for the heron was influenced by both Northwest Coast Native and Celtic art traditions. The golden clouds were inspired by Japanese painted screens, and art from the Rinpa School was instrumental in designing the water. I made the frame out of red oak using pegged, hand-joined, mortise-and-tenon construction methods. I used the Japanese technique (shou-sugi-ban) of charring and oiling the oak to finish the frame.