South America Reflections


Early this year in preparation for a cruise from Buenos Aires, Argentina, to Santiago, Chile, I studied the rich history of land exploration/development and sea conditions surrounding South America.  A sampling of my bibliography texts were these: Nathaniel Philbrick "In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex", Alfred Lansing  "Endurance: "Shackleton's Incredible Voyage,"  Laurence Bergreen, I was fascinated with stories at sea and coastal lands of The Beagle and Charles Darwin's myriad discoveries in that particular portion of the globe.  

Even though the aforementioned are only a portion of the reading material I devoured, these explorers, adventurers, men of destiny (or insanity) caught my attention in a big way.  I didn't realize in what a big way these travels had influenced me until this painting I've entitled, EXPLORATIONS was born at my hand shortly after returning from the cruise.  Rich in layering and hidden, slightly exposed, seen and unseen elements, this encaustic piece speaks to the world of exploration in life and on panel.  During my reading and even on the cruise and land tours that I was lucky enough to enjoy in South America, I had no idea that much of that thinking would surface in my paintings.

A special note regarding the  "black holes" in this painting– I believe my subconscious was/is not only honoring explorers of the past but still the modern day exploration into interstellar space.

EXPLORATIONS - 30" x 30" x 2" - Encaustic Medium, $2700.00 - currently available online at or through The Telander Gallery, Walla Walla, WA.


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