The experience of creating this work has to brought to light how much I genuinely enjoy working in response to a community. In this case, I translated the surrounding natural world based on conversations I had with locals about their favorite places to go, about what makes their town special, and in one instance I painted flowers on the piece for a very special young lady so that she would see them whenever she passed by the work. How brilliant and lucky I feel to have something to contribute to this beautiful town. To be embraced and appreciated for being myself. To play the role of the artist within a community. To leave something behind that captures what was graciously given to me. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
I'm very proud to introduce "Mountain Time", a site-specific plein-air painted sculpture created for the mountain town of Carbondale, Colorado.
Each area was painted with a detail or scene from the natural landscape. Carbondale is considered to be the dandelion capital, so naturally they were readily available to observe. Another highlight of the area is Mushroom Mountain, and one cannot miss the great Mount Sopris. Wild flowers and sage grew along the side of the country roads. Admittedly, it was easy to find inspiration here.
"Mountain Time" will remain on view for a year, and is part of the City of Carbondale's annual Art aRound town outdoor sculpture exhibition. It was a pleasure to create and share.
Thanks again, Carbondale.