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Crazy Glade WP                                New Work entitled “Crazy Glade”

18″H x 24″W Acrylic and Mixed Media Relief with Twigs and Stones

Moonlit Whispers 300 3in
“Moonlit Whispers” 36″ x 24″ Acrylic and Mixed Media
A Statewide Juried Art Exhibition Sponsored by Yavapai College/ Clarkdale’s Verde Art Gallery in partnership with the Smithsonian Water/Ways Exhibit , Friends of the Verde River, and az/HUMANITIES

Promise 4in

“Promise” 36″ x 24″ $2500.

PROUDLY I STAND FOR OUR EARTHLY HOME

We cannot stand for something we do not first understand. I am trying to understand who I am: why I am here on this planet and what my relationship with it is. In my quietest moments, I know that I am both a physical and a spiritual being: tied to the earth through DNA, flesh and blood, but also longing for a deeper knowledge of what animates this life force and infuses its existence with meaning.

Walking in Nature, I see patterns unfold before my eyes – rocks, trees, water, sky, intertwined, weaving a story of their relationship with each other and with me. In this earthly place of ponderous and powerful Matter, I ask, what lies beyond? Are little shortcuts to the Divine contained in the spaces in-between, or in the heavens above? Are there portals in the landscape through which we are beckoned to discover our true Selves? Do I, can I, even exist apart from the physical Earth on which we live?

Landscapes are very much alive; winds blow, water flows, reflects. Earth heaves, erodes, and brings forth thirsty fruit. Fire crawls, sweeps, and burns. Even the rocks are alive, speaking in their soft, electromagnetic voices:

And yet, when one comes upon a quiet place, all seems so still. It is a garden of sensual delight, speaking to the soul. Answering questions I may never have thought to ask. Envisioning Nature as not only phenomenological, but personal, spiritual.

Promise
A shimmering vision arrests my gaze,
Alive and floating before me;
Resolute yet transient,
Promising
Eternity.
Yet even as it reflects tenacious sentience above,
This sparkling shallow pool will surely fade,
For the earth is hungry
And filled with
Gratitude.

 

Last spring, I was chosen to be the sketch artist for the season’s final episode of the Dead Files, a Travel Channel program investigating the presence of  ghosts and entities in different places around the country. They were coming to Sedona, and filming at at well-known spot in town that is reputed to be haunted. I was asked to draw two sketches for them, based on what the show’s psychic, Amy Allan, described to me.  Below is another (partial) rendition of one of the drawings I did for them.  It was interesting and fun! Although I am not able to tell you the location the crew chose, if you come to Sedona, keep a look out for it.  The owner of the establishment has even more stories to tell! And there will be an event the night the Sedona episode airs there (probably early Fall of 2017), as well. Stay tuned!!

Sneak Peak (The Dead Files)

Sneak Peak (The Dead Files)

 

SharronPorter-BestOfShow 2Friday, March 4th, I was honored to receive two awards at the Sedona Arts Center’s 36th Annual Juried Art Exhibition. What a lovely surprise to be acknowledged among friends and fellow professional artists for whom I have great respect and admiration!

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“Reflection” 18″ x 24″ $1200.

Reflection

                                                                                                                                                     A disembodied blue star

Floated miraculously over the surface of my vision

Dancing between water and sky,

Unencumbered by gravity, space, time, or reason.

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Fun day spent talking to people about how I build my canvases and the materials I use.  My friend and fellow artist, Clark Sheppard, was loving the sticks and stones!

The Open Studio went for two days and benefited the Verde Valley Caregivers.  (There was a misprint attributing the benefit to the Verde Valley Sanctuary).

Sedona's Best Artists cover

My work has recently been included in a book entitled, Sedona’s Best Artists. I am honored to be among so many accomplished and expressive Sedona artists, many of whom I call friends. The book is based on the critical writings Louise Sheldon MacDonald has had printed over the past several years in our local weekly arts and entertainment publication, Kudos. She writes, “Sedona is a center of artistic ferment. Here we find the famed “vortex”said to enable the mind and the soul to soar. How fortunate we are to live in an area surrounded by craggy formations of red rock and forests of green, bedazzled by opalescent sunsets that turn the mind to the ideals of beauty and art.”

 Well said, Louise!

Of my paintings she says, “Rocks protrude, surging crazily over one another, trunks lean anxiously, twigs grapple rapaciously for water. Colors brighten to their highest hues. Nature is stridently alive in her paintings. She calls them ‘Textured Landstracts’ because of their ‘abstracted, tactile’ quality, but that term fails to express the vitality of these acrylic paintings, their drawing on anthropomorphic traits.”

 I am flattered! Thank you, Louise!

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It took me half of my life to finally get to live in Sedona, Arizona! To me, the Verde Valley is one of the most beautiful places in the world.
Painting here is like nothing I have ever experienced before; inspiration is everywhere!

Being a painter and a sculptor, color and form and texture are all important to me. It’s hard to choose between them, so I don’t!
The rocks, with their crazy shapes, stacked in infinite ways, encrusted with lichen, carved by water and invaded by the occasional tree
or flowering plant provide endless compositional possibilities for my camera and canvas.

The kayak trip I took down the Verde River with 22 other artists was an amazing opportunity to learn more about river habitat and to gather
material for some new paintings, as well. It was an exhilarating and beautiful experience, and the people I met became dear friends in three days!
We will all treasure this time we spent together paddling down the sweet green river, hiking, photographing, painting and drawing, and just sitting around the
campfire singing, telling our stories…

AC River Bank ART2 40x30

AC Roots36x48

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