I stepped from the porch this morning, I saw a stand of French blue “Texas
Petunias,” goldfish in a tin horse trough, bluegreen limes,
new bamboo and a frog smaller than a baby’s fingernail, the
gifts of a southern morning.
most artists, I’ve always sketched and photographed the small
creatures, large insects. leaves, flowers and branches close to home.
The sculptural lily, the musical amaryllis and blue agapanthus, “Queen
of the Nile,” the delicate frog and elegant luna moth - these
I return to every year. And there is always a discovery or something
familiar to be seen anew: the field that became an ocean at sunset
or the chameleon gently touching a papyrus stem that finally took
hold - in water. There’s a narrative: taking hold in water.
negatives will never be printed, are simply warm hellos to nature
while some photographic greetings lead to visits and a few to collaborations.
As with each of the bodies of work, Fellow Travelers could appear
elsewhere or easily include images from other “galleries.”
These images are an attempt to greet and share everyday visual moments.
If we were taking a walk together, we would say, “Look! isn’t
that amazing, the way that flower cradles the light, the way that
leaf curls and the way those pods are poised like birds.”
of the these elements appear in other pictures, gracious models,
near at hand and blessing each picture they are a part of. The hand
and leaf with a wishbone is an early comment on ecological balance,
just a shade less out there than the birdclaw carrying a transparent
envelope with a message. These days, we are trying to live simply
and listen to the oaks. Return to top.