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On Art and Faith.

Faith.  One conjures the image of the devout kneeling in church, praying to God.  I've been thinking about faith a lot lately, but not in those terms.  Faith can just be the unwavering belief in something.  Something bigger than yourself.  An unwavering trust in something.  Art requires faith.  For the last few months, I've been feeling a bit "stuck" in the creative cycle.  Still plugging away at a few photo sculptures, I've been itching to move onto something else.  But what?  And the fear slowly starts to creep in.  What if this is it?  What if I never have any more good ideas?  And then the self doubt.  What if I'm not actually good?  What if I never end up...

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The Archives: Ocean, 2002

I am a firm believer that in the process of making art, that most of the time you have no idea what you are doing.  It's only after making enough art, and enough looking, and enough questioning, that you really begin to understand what's happening. As I began to work on this series, it became clear that a beautiful landscape was not enough, nor was a beautiful flame.  The two had to interact with each other in a way that made sense.  This involve a lot of planning, but most times, planning ended up being pointless, as fire is impossible to control.  I had attempted to control the burn by putting an accelerator on parts of the photograph that I...

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The Archives: Ansel Adams, 2002

  I was sitting with my roommate at the kitchen table, putting off homework.  I had to turn in my proposal for my Junior Seminar class the next day, and had no idea what I might do.  I had to commit to the project for an entire semester, and thus far, had absolutely no ideas.  I was lighting note cards on fire.  Watching the beauty of the flame dance across the card,  frantically blowing it out before it reached my fingertips.  I'll photograph fire.  It was just that simple.  I saw something beautiful, something worth exploring, and I committed to working on it a year and a half.  This was the first "keeper" of the series, and also on the...

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Small Business Saturday SALE

As the year begins to wind to an end I find myself in my usual contemplative state, and also in a state of total shock that 2019 is just around the corner.  It was just a year ago that Seth and I were sitting at the dining room table discussing what we wanted out of the upcoming year.  The decision was made that we would rent out our condo in Cap Hill, move back to the Vail Valley, and that fingers crossed, I would be able to find work. I put in for my leave of absence from teaching, and quickly began scouring the Vail Daily classifieds looking for potential job leads.  The search was eventually met with a question...

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The Days after Dallas.

The days following shows are hard.  Actually shows are just hard in general, but I find the recovery from them especially exhausting.  I just returned from Dallas, Texas, where I did my first out of state show.  It was a decent show, I sold my favorite piece to a lovely couple from the area, which made the trip down there worth it.  I also, learned a lot in my first experience traveling a decent distance to a show.  Like a twelve hour drive is really hard, especially after busting your butt for four consecutive days, and especially when driving in the snow and wind of Northern Texas…. What makes recovery do hard is that you are still so PUMPED UP,...

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