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Anti-Smoking Art

Never Can Tell holds the promise of spontaneity, hope in the face of uncertainty, and challenges of creating deliberate art from random pallets.

Many times it is the medium itself that sparks an idea. For instance, I really had no particular fascination with butterflies. I occasionally entertained the thought that they should be larger, when a friend introduced me to a paper dyeing process that screamed to me, "Butterfly wings...big, big butterfly wings!"

In some cultures the butterfly represents rebirth; and after undergoing several epiphanies in my own life, my desire to become an artist was also being reborn. I liked the idea of a butterfly with it's vulnerable beauty captured inside the bounds of a predator much stronger than itself. I thought the image reflects how often, simple beauty in our everyday existence is brutally manipulated by harsh and ugly elements surrounding it.

The dyed paper was also used as a "skin" with my lizard series. After each lizard was hardened, sanded and primed with various colors, they were covered with dime to quarter size pieces of dyed paper, each hand torn and fitted to create a multitude of hues and shapes on each lizard. I wasn't trying to render any certain kind of species, but to give them the human characteristic of attempting to understand the surrounding environment. My personal favorite is "Same Souls, Separate Ways", which represents losing touch with good friends with the passing of time, perhaps as inevitable as the tides of change that consume us. The lizards are seated inside a hand-made frame with a three inch profile to protect them from being damaged from my own clumsiness as well as any other onlooker as graceful as myself.