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Secrets of Creation “...a window opening into heaven, a mirror reflecting the Creator.” John Muir

“Wilderness can also instruct man that he is a member, not the master, of a community that extends to the limits of life and the earth itself. Because wild country is beyond man's control, because it exists apart from human needs and interests, it suggests that man's welfare is not the primary reason for or purpose of the existence of the earth."

THE VALUE OF WILDERNESS - Roderick Nash

“Ruminate” - Pencil and Charcoal on paper - 22” x 30”

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An invitation to delve deep secrets is opened, hidden but not locked away, shy but not miserly. One may pass by a dim place that catches the corner of the eye, causing a longer glance into the darkness under the leaves, a searching thought of the hidden things it must hold.

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The Invitation - Pencil and charcoal on Paper - 8.25” x 11”

“…THE WET, TANGLED, ENDLESS WOODS, SILTED WITH THE ACCUMULATED DECAY OF AUTUMNS THAT HAD BEEN DROPPING LEAVES SINCE BEFORE BRITAIN WAS AN ISLAND…”

THAT HIDEOUS STRENGTH - C.S. LEWIS

Peering Into Mystery - Pencil and Charcoal on Paper - 17” x 20”

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There is beauty in unexpected places. Life embraces death, reclaims it, and from that dying new life is reborn.

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Reclamation - Pencil and charcoal on paper - 18” x 28”

“DEATH IS EVERYWHERE, OPPRESSIVE AND BEAUTIFUL. LOOKING AT ALL THIS GLORIOUS DECAY, A PERSON MIGHT BE FORGIVEN FOR THINKING THAT OLD MEANT DECADENT, THAT SUCH THICK MATS OF DECOMPOSITION WERE CELLULOSE CEMETERIES IN NEED OF THE REJUVENATING AX. SHE SEES WHY HER KIND WILL ALWAYS DREAD THESE CLOSE, CHOKED THICKETS, WHERE THE BEAUTY OF SOLO TREES GIVES WAY TO SOMETHING MASSED, SCARY AND CRAZED. THERE ARE THINGS IN HERE WORSE THAN WOLVES AND WITCHES, PRIMAL FEARS THAT NO AMOUNT OF CIVILIZING WILL EVER TAME.

THE OVERSTORY - RICHARD POWERS

The Upward Path - Pencil and charcoal on paper - 12.5” x 15”
The UPWARD Path - Pencil and charcoal on paper - 12” x 12”
OLD SOULS - Pencil and charcoal on paper - 30” x 24”

These two old oaks living and growing together, benefiting from one another's strength, seems an illustration of the bond achieved through two people faithfully serving one another till death parts them.

“…this really is a case of interdependence, and most individual trees of the same species growing in the same stand are connected to each other through their root systems. It appears that exchanging nutrients and helping neighbors in times of need is the rule…

The reasons are the same as for human communities: there are advantages to working together.”

THE HIDDEN LIFE OF TREES - Peter Wohlleben

Song of the Wind - Pencil and charcoal on paper - 28” x 20”

This work is inspired by “The Silmarillion” and Tolkien’s use of music as the vehicle of the creation of Middle Earth. Pictured here are the themes of Manwë, Lord of the Airs and Yavanna, Queen of the Earth and the still greater song that is achieved when these themes are in harmony.

“But I will sit and hearken, and be glad that through you great beauty has been wakened into song.”

The Silmarillion - J. R. R. Tolkien

CAPROCK CANYON I - Pencil and charcoal on paper - 23” x 9”
CAPROCK CANYON II - Pencil and charcoal on paper - 17” x 8”
CAPROCK CANYON III - Pencil and charcoal on paper - 23” x 9.5”

“The further we become separated from pristine wildness and beauty, the more pleasure does the mind of enlightened man feel in recurring to those scenes."

George Catlin

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Joel Edwards
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