As I work on my various art projects, I am sometimes drawn away from my easel, distracted by the tempestuous news of threats and impending horrors. I am concerned about the bitterness and betrayals, contradictions and confusion; I worry about the loss of voice and the loss of rights. I am struck by how two ordinary people looking at the same picture can interpret it in radically different ways. I am saddened how families are divided by vehement opinion.
No, my art does not provide refuge from the turmoil. I do not go to my art to hide or to seek solace. Although my artwork is not overtly political, it does stand for the things I believe in; I believe in the pursuit of peace, I believe in mercy and forgiveness; I believe in the rights of a person and a community to voice a truth; I believe that we each have the right to live safely; I believe we must protect our earth from wanton destruction; I believe in the human spirit is more alive when it stretches to the further reaches of the universe. I believe in love – I believe love is irrational and strong and wise and complex and simple, more powerful then can be explained.
In the spirit of love I create, and in the spirit of love I take a stand. Sometimes that means I will take my Peace sign and walk where I am mocked, both for saying too much and not saying enough. But I will stand, and I will speak. I have scissors, and I am not afraid to wield them.
When you are in Santa Fe, you may find me hard at work in my studio. I will be doing a demo of my work at the Artisan Market in the Railyard, this Sunday, January 29, 10 am to 4 pm. (Espresso most welcome!) I will be taking a break from the Market for one week so I can go to San Antonio and check out the art scene there. My visit will include seeing some family, hiking, and lots of good food!
I will be back in Santa Fe and the Market in time to celebrate Lincoln's Birthday. See me there on Sunday, February 12 . I will be bringing the Lincoln portrait - and candy hearts...in the Spirit of Love!
Love and Peace,
What Goes On:
Fire & Hops Gastropub,
222 N. Guadalupe,
Santa Fe, New Mexico
This show features some of my largest and rarely seen collages, including "Bloomsday at Molly Malone's" , "Cast Out", "Night Vision and "Limitless Undying Love"
On display for the rest of the summer
Deco will be at the
Railyard Artisans Market
Sundays 10 am to 4 pm
July 1, 8, 15, and 22
Demonstrations of collage technique and fun things for sale
The Fest for Beatles Fans, Chicago, August 10-12; art show, performances and poetry
Art of Santa Fe
Online Community Marketplace
Offering collage items of my designs
DECO//fine art collage
Just added to the store: full-size prints of my collage "Regard", matted and ready for framing - Here and nowhere else!
Collage items in the online store include these:
"Our Lady of Peace in Love"
small (12” x 16”) $50 medium (16” x 20”) $75 full size (18” x 24” )$100
Includes certificate of authenticity;
shipping via carrier of your choice
5" x 7" featuring an original collage design on the front, blank inside, available for purchase, on line or at the market.
Greeting Card Sets,
5 blank cards + envelopes, bundled into gift-ready packages
includes Scenes of New Mexico, Fine Ladies Dancing, Rising, and Perfectly Pear
Loosen Your Soul and Harvest:Fruition
each is 18" x 24", add comes rolled , ready for framing.
Prints, posters and cards make beautiful gifts
accepts payment through PayPal and Stripe!
When you are in Santa Fe:
Listen to ArtFusion,
Thursdays at noon on KVSF, the Voice of Santa Fe, 101.5 FM
Enjoy amazing and creative desserts at The Compound Restaurant on picturesque Canyon Road
Relax and nibble at Fire and Hops Gastropub, 222 N. Guadelupe
Shop at the Railyard Artisans Market
Farmers Market Pavilion
Paseo de Peralta & Guadalupe, Santa Fe
And Around the Corner:
Exquisite Corpse Show in Santa Fe in the Community Gallery in Santa Fe in October
Stars, Planets and Galaxies - Solo Show in Los Alamos, January 2019
Studio Visits in Santa Fe:
by appointment and with a smile!
And, as always:
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