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ART

ART IS THE ACT OF SEEING. NOT JUST THE ACTION OF CREATING.

COLORS, TEXTURES, AND PATTERNS FORM OUR EXPERIENCES.

I USED TO SCULPT LANDSCAPES WITH PLANTS AND FLOWERS.

NOW I CREATE BY WEAVING CONCEPTS AND CONNECTIONS.

TURNING PREGNANCY INTO COLOR

My wife was pregnant with our daughter during our first autumn in New England. We were surrounded by the incredible light and color of the trees and plants all around us and all of that made its way into our daughter. As my wife’s belly grew, I started tracing her silhouette to track the growth. At first we used paper and pencils but that quickly evolved and took on a life of its own. Pretty soon we were playing with colors and began to mix natural ochres and handmade mulberry papers with Japanese Sumi-e ink.

Hospitals and birthing centers found us and wanted to hang our paintings. Friends heard about what we were doing and wanted to do it as well. Strangers started calling so we began to sell our pregnancy art prints kits and we made a lot of expecting new families very happy. I’m sure there are plenty of Art Bellies prints still hanging in rooms all around the country.

We even won a Mom’s Choice Award and were featured in the magazine Pregnancy & Newborn.

GIANT PUPPET PARADE FOR THE PETERBOROUGH CHILDREN AND THE ARTS FESTIVAL

This is hands down the greatest giant puppet parade on the planet. It’s an annual tradition in our home. They give giant puppet making workshops but if you don’t make a full on puppet, there are still plenty of ways to participate. Our little girl has been part of it every year.

COVERED WAGON RV PARK WON A SOUTHERN NEVADA LANDSCAPE AWARD

I have special memories about the Covered Wagon RV Park project. I designed the park to have the look and feel of a botanical garden. Each lot was named after a single plant species and guests could tour the park and learn about the drought tolerant plants showcased throughout.

This was also the project that helped me launch Southwest Growers, my first company. It was my dream and passion to found a wholesale nursery dedicated to revealing the natural beauty of the desert. Most of the plants growing in the Covered Wagon RV Park were from my initial batch of plugs and 1 gallons. A few cactus on site were “borrowed” from other projects. To all of those who helped, a much belated THANK YOU.