My field sketchbook from a research trip to Ireland, visiting ancient folkloric sites referenced by the Irish poet William Butler Yeats in his early compilation The Celtic Twilight.
The Nightfall Tarot
Out-worn heart, in a time out-worn, Come clear of the nets of wrong and right; Laugh, heart, again in the grey twilight.
- William Butler Yeats
The Nightfall Tarot is a darkened interpretation of the Rider-Waite-Smith tarot, shrouding the scenes of the classic deck in eternal twilight. While maintaining each card’s original meaning, the Judeo-Christian symbols in the Rider-Waite-Smith deck have been interchanged with Norse runes, Icelandic staves, Wiccan, and other chthonic occult symbology. This offers a divinatory experience more in tune with the spiritual energies and multicultural traditions emerging in contemporary tarot.
Charcoal landscapes that depict locations in J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle Earth, exploring spiritual themes shared by epic fantasy, dark ecology, and black metal.
46in. x 31in. Charcoal on American Masters Paper 2017 "Inspired by the Downfall of Númenor, which precipitated the eruptive reshaping of Arda, and the end of the Second Age on Middle Earth."
46in. x 31in. Charcoal on American Masters Paper 2017 "Looking upon Redhorn Pass over the Mountains of Moira. where Saruman's storm forced the Fellowship to turn back and enter Moria via the Doors of Durin."
46in. x 31in. Charcoal on American Masters Paper 2017 "Also known as Rivendell, the last homely house east of the sea, the Elven town of along the great falls of the Bruinen River, nestled in the foothills of the Misty Mountains."
31in. x 46in. Charcoal on American Masters Paper 2017 "Dunharrow, the clifftop camp at the far end of Harrowdale Valley in Rohan. Beyond the camp lies Dimholt (The Paths of the Dead), leading into the White Mountains."
Erebor And The Lonely Mountain
46in. x 31in. Charcoal on American Masters Paper 2017 "Featuring the road up the Running River from the Long Lake up to the city of Dale and the Desolation of Smaug. Beyond is the bridge into Erebor, the Dwarf Kingdom under the Lonely Mountain."
31in. x 46in. Charcoal on American Masters Paper 2017 "The mighty Anduin River, whose water is fed by many of the main tributaries of Middle Earth. With its northern headwaters in the Grey Mountains, it flows south dividing the Misty Mountains from Mirkwood, passes Lothlorien, the Argonath statues, Rauros (the funeral falls of Boromir), Osgiliath, and eventually reaches its end at the ancient Bay of Belfalas."
Caldera Realm Survey
A map commissioned of the property and outlying trails at Caldera Arts in Sisters, OR, over a 2-week artist residency in March 2016. The map now hangs in the Hearth Building and is a guide for visiting artists in residence to explore over 10 miles of trails safely, accurately, and with the sense of wonder I had while there.
Work details: 30in. x 44in. Charcoal on Paper, 2016.