Topographic Frequencies

In the last couple of weeks I’ve started a new series.  I was inspired by letters!  Someone posted a really interesting diagram on one of the social media outlets I am on, and -Bam-  and idea!  I decided to use this diagram as a way to create these “Topographic Frequencies”.  I’m really interested in data, it’s all around us and I want to find ways to make art out of these kinds of charts and figures we see all the time.  As a teacher, I am familiar with the use of all kinds of data, every district and school wants to see a variety of data that relates to student output, but I thought this would be a great way to explore the idea of using data without feeling bogged down by the numbers, graphs and ideas.

These topographic frequencies, are an extension of my desire to create pieces that take information, change it around, and turn it into new information.  In this case, I’m just using lines.  The variety of lines and the placement of them change with each name of place.  These are not actual topographic maps of the physical places, but the letters that make up the names of these places.

On top of all that, from now through the end of the December all profits made from these “Topographic Frequencies” will go to ArtLight Global  to help fund the very first workshop in Bangalore, India.  I also am willing to take suggestions of frequencies you would like to see. Or, feel free to commission me.  Contact me if you would like more information on the pieces.  Below are some examples of this series.  Thank you for your support!

New Series…beginning

After a wonderful opening this weekend at the Workhouse Arts Center, I am back at it again.  This time I’ve decided to work on some wood.  I ordered some cypress wood rounds, and decided to go back to using some thread.  So I don’t know if this qualifies as a painting.  Right now it seems more like a sculpture.  Check it out.

The cypress rounds.
Extreme close up of the threads.
Application continues.

New work

I finally started working on a series of new pieces on wood. I’m really liking the random textures I’m getting from the sealed and unsealed pieces.  I have never worked with wood before (I know, shocker.), but I’m trying to experiment with the grain.  I like how it creates a pattern and is already there before I even paint.  Some of the pieces have been sealed before, so the paint lays differently on the surface. Other ones I’ve left heavier brush marks of left the wood untouched so the color seeps into the porous surface. I’m liking the different reactions I’m getting.

I decided to choose 20 major rivers around the world.  I also decided to draw the river from the mouth (the end point).  It’s really interesting to follow these lengthy rivers on a map to find out where the origin is, and how most of these rivers run along borders of neighboring countries.  Almost all of these rivers actually run through several countries, making them hugely important to many cultures who build lives along the banks of these water bodies.  I think it’s one of the reasons why I choose rivers.  All civilizations start along water bodies, cultures grow up alongside of these important places and create their own systems of living.  Even though I’ve lived in many different places, I’ve always lived very close to rivers. Sometimes even blocks away.  There is something rich and interesting about waterways.  Symbolic and purposeful.

Textures, washes, shades.


Blue and green left behind on the edges.  Separating colors.
Still soupy and wet, will be adding more layers.
Grain and green.
Adding in some maps for my version of the Zambezi.