Including exhibition at Ellsworth Gallery
October 14 - November 13 2022

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These paintings are an exploration of the experience of place here in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Field research includes hiking the land with sketchbook and pencil, making drawings, taking notes and creating maps, all of which eventually make their way into the larger paintings.  The process of orientation is essentially relationship-building with a place.

When I noticed a free-box of zen books left at Mountain Cloud Zen Center, I brought them to the studio and began using their pages in my paintings.  Soon I was scouring used book stores for books about sitting practice and koans.  Even though the carefully chosen selections of text on the subject of meditation often become obscured by drawing and painting, I see them as an important layer in the build-up of the character of these pieces.


YuccaNotes on Sun MountainChamisa Fairy TrailAspen VistaAbiquiuChamisa Trail, Tight TurnYucca Blade, Santa FeIs This the Deepest Darkest Corner?Yucca, Santa FeChamisa Trail with Yucca BladeDried HollyhocksFires and HollyhocksJuniper and CairnHourglassHammockPathGateless GateMountains and CloudsMonte SolMonte Sol IISun Mountain, studyKitchen Pantry and Main GateLotus over Santa FeloftInside/OutsideSeedsTravels on FootHindsight 2020; Contact Tracing #1Hindsight 2020; Contact Tracing #2zafu #4 (mullen)zafu #2 (just sitting)MapCairnsBarrierFlowzafu #3 bench (koans)zafu #1 (practical matters)SilenceGenerationsLotus leaf IIILotus leaf IVMullen