In the spring of 2012 I was invited for an artist's residency at Brush Creek Ranch near Saratoga, Wyoming. I flew into Denver and drove from there.  Once I neared the CO/WY border I encountered a new kind of sensation with 'the feeling that no one was there'. I had never before been - just me - out in the landscape, and this provided a new kind of inspiration and feeling of possibility that stayed with me throughout my time working in Wyoming.

Winds.  Watercolor, murex, lapis lazuli.  103" w x 52" h

Composer Iddo Aharony and I had been talking about collaborating for a year or so.  One summer day Iddo and I sat together while he, somewhat magically, from my point of view, compiled this sound piece from audio recordings I had taken at a wedding feast in Essouaira, Morocco, adding + musical ideas.  The sound piece is a compilation of a number of tracks of Gnawaa music which I recorded on the same day I bought the pigments that are predominant in this piece.

Winds - detail

Winds - detail 


Winds is now in the permanent collection of The Blanchard, a gem of a French restaurant a few blocks' walk from my studio. The Blanchard was named Chicago's Best New Restaurant in 2016 by both Chicago Magazine and The Chicago Tribune.