Most Recent Totems

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Incite Insight
Incite Insight

Acrylic, Violin, and Copper on Wood 24”H x 17.5”W x 2”D

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Totem Grouping 1
Totem Grouping 1

Left: Morning Song Acrylic, and Copper on Wood 75”H x 5.5”W x 3.5”D Center: Morning Flight Acrylic, and Copper on Wood 64”H x 11.5”W x 2.5”D Right: Ancestral Songs Acrylic, and Copper on Wood 72”H x 6”w x 2”D

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Totem grouping 2
Totem grouping 2

Left: Inner Flight Acrylic, and Copper on Wood 51”H x 5”W x 3”D Center: Unlocked Acrylic, and Copper on Wood 50”H x 7”W x 3”D Right: Remover of Obstacles Acrylic, and Copper on Wood 49”H x 6”w x 3”D

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Garden Meditation
Garden Meditation

Acrylic, and Copper on Wood 21.5”H x 17”W x 2.5”D

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Intention
Intention

Acrylic, and Copper on Wood 30”H x 13”W x 1.5”D

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Totem grouping 3
Totem grouping 3

Left: France 1901 Acrylic, and Copper on Wood 23.5”H x 5”W x 1.5”D Center: Renewal Acrylic, and Copper on Wood 29”H x 5”W x 1”D Right: Temple Twilight Acrylic, and Copper on Wood 24”H x 6.5”w x 1.5”D

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Totem grouping 4
Totem grouping 4

Left: Desert Bloom Acrylic, and Copper on Wood 49”H x 5”W x 1.5”D Center: Mystic Dreams Acrylic, and Copper on Wood 48”H x 7.5”W x 4”D Right: Flight of Inspiration Acrylic, and Copper on Wood 53”H x 12”w x 4”D

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Focus
Focus

Acrylic, and Copper on Wood 17”H x 9”W x 2”D

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Totem grouping 5
Totem grouping 5

Left: Zephyr Acrylic, and Copper on Wood 48”H x 9.5”W x 2”D Center: Sunset Meditation Acrylic, and Copper on Wood 35”H x 5.5”W x 1.75”D Right: Triumph Acrylic, and Copper on Wood 46”H x 6”w x 2”D

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Tribal Unity
Tribal Unity

Acrylic, and Copper on Wood 35”H x 8.5”W x 3”D

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Totem grouping 6
Totem grouping 6

Left: Messenger Acrylic, and Copper on Wood 27”H x 4.5”W x 1”D Center: Dream Palace Acrylic, and Copper on Wood 25”H x 7.25”W x 1.5”D Right: Temple Key Acrylic, and Copper on Wood 24”H x 4”w x 1”D

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Totem grouping 7
Totem grouping 7

Left: Lightkeeper Acrylic, and Copper on Wood 26.5”H x 3”W x 1”D Center: Overwatch Acrylic, and Copper on Wood 21.5”H x 5”W x 3”D Right: Uplift Acrylic, and Copper on Wood 24”H x 4”w x 2”D

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Celestial Machinery
Celestial Machinery

Acrylic, and Copper on Wood 27”H x 22”W x 4”D

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Totem grouping 8
Totem grouping 8

Left: Lucid Acrylic, and Copper on Wood 25.5”H x 5.5”W x 1.5”D Center: Waking Dream Acrylic, and Copper on Wood 24”H x 4.5”W x 1.5”D Right: Temple Fragment Acrylic, and Copper on Wood 24”H x 3.5”w x 1.5”D

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Sun Flight
Sun Flight

Acrylic, and Copper on Wood 26”H x 12.5”W x 3”D

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Temple of the Compass Rose
Temple of the Compass Rose

Acrylic, and Copper on Wood 14”H x 14”W x 1.50”D

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Totem grouping 9
Totem grouping 9

Left: Flying Key Acrylic, and Copper on Wood 23”H x 5”W x 1”D Center: Standing Shaman Acrylic, and Copper on Wood 30”H x 5”W x 2.5”D Right: Night Thorn Acrylic, and Copper on Wood 24”H x 5”w x 1”D

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Ascendant Muse
Ascendant Muse

Acrylic, and Copper on Wood 33”H x 18”W x 3”D

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Totem grouping 10
Totem grouping 10

Left: Buddha Baby Acrylic, and Copper on Wood 24”H x 4”W x 2.5”D Center: Flourish Acrylic, and Copper on Wood 24”H x 5”W x 2.5”D Right: Celtic Cross Acrylic, and Copper on Wood 20”H x 3.5”w x 1.5”D

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Affirmation
Affirmation

Acrylic, and Copper on Wood 12”H x 13”W x 1.75”D

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Here is a gallery of my most recent art totems. I try to update regularly as I make new ones or as they sell, but perfection is a moving target.

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Totems have existed since prehistory as a marker, a sentinel, or a physical representation for an abstract concept. It is an object of inspiration and spiritual significance.

 

 

I started making my totems after helping my neighbor take his back yard gate to the curb to be thrown out. It was so worn and gnarled by the lifetime of use, that I found it inspiring in its grotesque beauty and hung it on the wall of my studio as inspiration. This gate became a talisman that worked on me while I painted. By looking at it daily, it made me ponder what it was about it that I found so compelling. It spoke to so many of the preferences I already have in my art. Natural processes such as how things break down over time, the way water staining travels over uneven surfaces, and the erosion of paint have always intrigued me. I also began to find faces and creatures suggested by the patterns etched into the wood grain. This artifact opened in me, an interior gate leading to a deeper understanding of my own artistic process. It inspired me to tear the gate apart and create from its pieces the first batch of totems.

 

I make my totems from wood that has lived its life as part of a structure such as a house or fence. Scarred and worn wood makes the most interesting pieces to work with. I break the wood, creating ragged edges and natural abstract forms dictated by the way wood splits along the grain. I then play with the broken pieces laying them out in compelling compositions. I like to assemble the hardware, copper strips, and found objects in a way that divorces them from their original function. I use these found objects purely for their design potential. The paint is then applied in multiple thin glazes with a light sanding between the layers to emphasize the texture, and creates an intriguing evolution of color.

 

I hope that my totems inspire you the viewer, as that original gate inspired me - as a key to unlock a special little door in your mind, that when opened, spins you into a part of yourself half known yet instantly remembered.