Portfolios > A God in the Hearth

During a residency program in eastern Oregon at Playa, Summer Lake, OR, I began a series of paintings exploring humanity’s deep connection to fire and its impact on the planet. Without fire we would not exist. Using fire we became like it, sweeping across landscapes and transforming them utterly. The hearth fire has always been at the center of human existence, but now our hearths are largely hidden in the form of engines and power plants. Instead of wood they burn fossil fuels. These hidden hearths and their hidden fires are changing the climate of this planet with possibly dire consequences for humanity.

This project was on display as a solo exhibition at the Art Center in Corvallis, OR (July 13 – August 21, 2017) and was accompanied by a printed catalog, made possible through a generous grant from the Oregon Arts Commission and the Ford Family Foundation.

To read my accompanying written essay on this subject go here

Fire, coal plant, tree, carbon cycle
oil on canvas
left 30" x 60", center 60" x 60" right 30" x 60"
2017
A God in the Hearth (center image)
oil on canvas
60" x 60"
2017
A God in the Hearth (right image)
oil on canvas
30" x 60"
2017
Coal Mine - Day
oil on canvas
30" x 60"
2017
City - Night
oil on canvas
30" x 60"
2017
Forest Road & Wildfire
oil on paper
Center: 30" x 22", left & right: 15" x 22"
2017
detail - Forest Road
oil on paper
30" x 22" (image area 26" x 18.5"
2017
Triptych: Coal Car and Wildfire
oil on paper
12" x 16" each
8 Studies if Fires and Engines
oil on paper
12" x 16" each
Diptych #13 (Burn and Chimney)
oil on paper
12" x 16" each
Diptych #12 (Coal Mine and Log Pile)
oil on paper
12" x 16" each
Diptych #11 (Burn and Coal Plant)
oil on paper
12" x 16" each
Diptych #10 (Coal Mine and Coal Plant)
oil on paper
12" x 16" each
Diptych # 5 (Firewood and Coal)
oil on paper
12" x 16" each
Diptych #4 (Clearcut and Wildfire)
oil on paper
12" x 16" each
Diptych #1 (Fire and Engine)
oil on paper
12" x 16" each