In the paintings of the Land Treasures Series color, shape and light qualities characteristic of the winter Arizona desert suggest a strong sense of place inspired by land, but not landscape.  More so than topography, there is a sense of deep rock.  Never has my work been so affected by place in such an unexpected and profound manner.

I can see how there was a gold rush. The raw and very deep beauty of the Arizona desert and the lush undulating California hills seduced prospectors lured by buried treasure. These people devised a fit language for drilling oil and mining gold. Imaginative and compellingly romantic, their words veiled danger and calamity.  And revealed the intensity of desire inspiring great feats with heartbreaking loss in the gain.

The titles of the paintings of the Land Treasures Series are influenced by the prospectors’ poetry.