While hiking in the North Cascades last September, I emerged from the woods onto the banks of the Skagit River, and a beach covered in beautiful river stones. I immediately envisioned large-scale paintings to dramatically capture their abstract shapes.
The Skagit is the largest and most biologically important river draining into Puget Sound. It is the site of a major salmon run, as well as the largest feeding site in the country for the American eagle, which feeds on chum salmon on its riverbanks from December to February.
Titles are from Shakespeare’s As You Like It, and from poems by some of my favorite poets:
“Living in the Layers”- from poem “The Layers” by Stanley Kunitz
“With the Night Falling We Are Saying Thank You”- from poem “Thanks” by M.S. Merwin
“The Great Story Weaves Closer and Closer”- from poem “Over In Montana” by William Stafford
“Time and Materials” from poem by Robert Haas
“In the Running Brooks”- from As You Like It, Act II, Scene 1 by William Shakespeare
“Our Life Exempt From Public Haunt” – from As You Like It, Act II, Scene 1 by William Shakespeare
And this our life, exempt from public haunts,
Finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks,
Sermons in stones, and good in everything.
-William Shakespeare, As You Like It, Act II, Scene 1