Colourful Contemporary Art

I am a professional artist and art teacher.
I paint the tenacious bits of wild that defy human activity in a manner inspired by
my fascination with fossils and designed to make the viewer look deeper.
Studio visits by luck or by appointment are welcome.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

In praise of weeds re-visited

monarch butterfly painting
After much fiddling, I'm ready to post "In Praise Of Weeds" again. I'm hoping that this time it stays finished :) this painting seems to keep demanding more.
This is, of course, one of my "at risk" series.
The accompanying 'blurb' will be

Monarch Butterflies
Danaus Plexippus
Monarchs are under threat from both ends of their
migratory path. In the Northern Hemisphere habitat
loss, pesticides, and crops genetically modified to
contain Bt Bacillus thuringiensis are causing great losses
of pollinators, Monarchs being just one species threatened.
Milkweed is the only host plant the Monarch caterpillar
will eat, but is classed as a noxious weed throughout much
of it’s range.
The other end of the 3,400 mile migratory route is
Lomas de Aparicio Mexico. This World Bio-sphere Preserve is
being illegally logged, resulting in millions of butterfly
deaths.
The Monarchs take 4-6 generations to complete their
remarkable journey, truly an unexplainable marvel.
Can you imagine a world without butterflies?
I've been trying to find a classification for my art lately, with out much success. I'm not an environmental artist Probably the best known environmental artist is Andy Goldsworthy who does very cool stuff, and my stuff is too 'pretty' for most of the activist art types. Not that classification is important, or perhaps even desirable, it's just that I had to write a description for my solo show coming up in April, and I really didn't know what to call my style. Feel free to comment and let me know your thoughts.
I made it into the Art Exchange 's Miniature show, this is a juried show, so Yeah for me! The opening reception is Feb 6th, 7-10pm, the show and sale is Feb 2nd to 21st at 247 Wortley Rd in London. See you there.

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