Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die
Willie Nelson (36" x 48")
Owned by June Wood
This is the 18th piece in a series titled, “I Just Don’t Read Like I Used To,” in which I cut text from books to create characters, authors or fictional beings in portrait form. At its core, the series is a commentary on how digital media has impacted my relationship with books. As a writer of poetry and creative nonfiction, I have had my work published extensively and internationally. This text-based series is a way for me to combine my interests in art and literature.
My mixed media pieces have been featured in many literary and art journals--most recently in “Cella’s Round Trip,” “Anti-,” Blue Print Review,” “Missive,” “Granny Smith,” “Creative Soup,” “Atticus Review,” “Scissors and Spackle,” and “THEMA.”
48" x 60"
In the private collection Dr. and Barbara Elfarr
Acrylic on canvas (42" x 71")
Owned by Carter Tarrance
This large Lichtenstein inspired painting is based on the 1951 science fiction film, The Day the Earth Stood Still in which “an alien emissary gives a dramatic demonstration of power when he attempts to warn mankind about the folly of atomic experimentation.” (Buboltz) “Klaatu barada nikto” are the words the gives the Earth woman, Helen Benson (played by Patricia Neal), so she can keep the robot Gort from destroying the world. While there is no official translation of the phrase, there have been many notable attempts to determine its meaning. The three words, which have become a common pop culture allusion, have been described as one of the most famous commands in science fiction and the most famous phrase ever spoken by an extraterrestrial.
Note: This painting is composed according to the Golden Ratio, a concept often used to achieve beauty and balance in the design of art.
Another entry in what I have come to think of as the effin' film series!
Also owned by Carter Tarrance.
From Madness to Mystery
48" x 72" Owned by Melissa Pardue (for an explanation of the painting, click on the image above)