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The Destruction of the Rain Forest

The Destruction of the Rain Forest

Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon surged to a 12-year high from August 2019 to July 2020, according to the country's National Institute for Space Research. About 6,890 square miles were destroyed during that time, a 9.5% increase over the previous 12-month period. Why are things getting so bad? Environmentalists have pointed to the policies of Brazil’s President, Jair Bolsonaro. Bolsonaro has defunded the agencies responsible for preventing illegal logging, ranching and mining in the rainforest, and deforestation has soared since he took office in January 2019. He has also dismissed figures revealing the extent of the damage. Last year, 34 international...

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Ocean Deep With Light and Warmth

Ocean Deep With Light and Warmth

The notion of light and warmth may be especially appropriate in this colder part of the year, however distant that energy may be. We see a vista over a vast body of water, perhaps the bay or a sea, but there are striations drawing us to the light, as the clouds above reflect the golden warmth. This piece again blends realism and abstraction and is part of the Fragile Earth series. Distant Sun Golden 24x24 in. Mixed MediaOn view until Dec 30th, Suntrust Art Gallery, at 10th and Main St, Richmond VA

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Distant suns

Distant suns

My need to glimpse the future leads me to envision this earth for the next generation. My Fragile Earth series, recently started, takes a long view of oceans and rivers. These new paintings of far away skies over vast bodies of water bring to mind memories of the Rappahannock River, now reveries and questions, that flare into conciousness. These works clearly state the horizon line, traversed by a distant sun that illuminates the deep recesses of the river's watery depths, a place full of the mystery of historical allusion. What the future of this river and all others holds is up to us.

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Sierra Club - Protect the Future

Sierra Club - Protect the Future

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The Deep Woods Video - Inspiration

The Deep Woods Video - Inspiration

This video shows the inspiration for my Deep Woods paintings, part of the Fragile Earth series. 

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