PORTFOLIO > THE ART OF ARRANGING JAPANESE VOLCANOES

White Umbrella-Grey Ash
Acrylic paint on paper
10" x 7"
2015
Watching
Acrylic paint on paper
10” x 7”
2015
Women Holding Cherry Blossoms Below Mt. Fuji
Acrylic paint on paper
10" x 7"
2015
Sakurajima Dreaming
Acrylic paint on paper
10" x 7"
2015
Seeking Shelter from the Storm
Acrylic paint on paper
10" x 7"
2015
Three Men-One Tree
Acrylic paint on paper
10" x 7"
2015
Sakurajima Resting
Acrylic paint on paper
10” x 7”
2015
Two Men and Chair
Acrylic paint on paper
10" x 7"
2015
Three Soldiers
Acrylic paint on paper
10" x 7"
2015
Looking Forward
Acrylic paint on paper
10” x 7”
2015
Blowing Winds
Acrylic paint on paper
10”x 7"
2015
Unzen Ash
Acrylic paint on paper
10" x 7"
2015
Conversation Point
Acrylic paint on paper
10" x 7"
2015
One Deck
Acrylic paint on paper
10" x 7"
2015
Long Standing
Acrylic paint on paper
10" x 7"
2015
Discourse
Acrylic paint on paper
10" x 7"
2015
Leaning In
Acrylic paint on paper
10" x 7""
2015
Discussing Two Possibilities
Acrylic paint on paper
10" x 7"
2015
Measuring Shadow
Acrylic paint on paper
10" x 7"
2015
Waiting by Railing
Acrylic paint on paper
10" x 7"
2015
Entering Together
Acrylic paint on paper
10" X 7"
2015
Long Shot
Acrylic paint on paper
10" X7"
2015
Waiting
Acrylic paint on paper
10" x 7"
2015
Dreaming
Acrylic paint on paper
10” x 7”
2015
Groups
Acrylic paint on paper
10” x 7”
2015
Standing Tall
Acrylic paint on paper
10” x 7”
2015
School Girls Descending a Staircase
Acrylic paint on paper
10" x 7"
2015
Viewing Blooms
Acrylic paint on paper
10" x 7"
2015
Different Directions
Acrylic paint on paper
10” x 7”
2015
Standing
Acrylic paint on paper
10” x 7”
2015
Walking Towards Blooms
Acrylic paint on paper
10” x 7”
2015
Talking Through
Acrylic paint on paper
10" x 7"
2015
Table Setting
Acrylic paint on paper
10” x 7”
2015
Friends
Acrylic paint on paper
10" x 7"
2015

This selection of paintings on paper are from my artist book The Art of Arranging Japanese Volcanoes created during my travels to Japan in summer 2013.

Here I paint the forces that produce instability inherent in Japan’s natural world, a world filled with volcanoes, tsunamis, and earthquakes. I then contrast that world with the human desire for systems of order, balance, harmony and calm often found in Japanese Ikebana (flower arranging). Like my paintings, Japanese Ikebana is a disciplined art form in which the forces of culture and nature are brought together.

There are two versions of my artist book, the digital and the unique editions.

Individual Giclee print of paintings can be ordered from the artist.