CRANIA

The desert doesn’t care about you. The desert will strip the flesh off your bones, grind them into dust, and let them be blown away with the wind. The animal skulls I find in the desert are the evidence of the incredibly diverse fauna that live here - mammals, reptiles, and birds that have adapted to life in this unique environment. Desert detritus that I find amid the desiccated and sunbleached plants.

 

I find these bones on my solitary hikes in the wilderness areas of the Mojave desert. I don’t collect bones but instead take pictures and use them to paint large scale portraits on recycled plywood or metal. I leave the bones where they lay and try to imagine the story of their lives and deaths. As climate collapse worsens, there are fewer days to hike. And as populations are decimated by extreme heat and drought, there are fewer bones to be found. My paintings become a document of vanishing life.

All of the unsold pieces below are currently showing (August 2022) at Pilates and Arts in Joshua Tree.

 

Coyote, 2021

Coyote, 2021

36 x 52 in acrylic on wood $1,450

Desert Bighorn, 2019

Desert Bighorn, 2019

20 x 30 in acrylic on wood $600

Desert Tortoise, 2022

Desert Tortoise, 2022

18 x 24 in acrylic on wood $425

Desert Fox, 2021

Desert Fox, 2021

18 x 24 in acrylic on wood $400

Coyote, 2021

Coyote, 2021

13 x 17 in acrylic on tar paper $275

Coyote, 2022

Coyote, 2022

11 x 16 in acrylic on metal $225

Turkey Vulture, 2021

Turkey Vulture, 2021

10 x 15 in acrylic on wood $195

Mountain Lion, 2020

Mountain Lion, 2020

10 x 15 in acrylic on wood $195

Cottontail (Inverse), 2019

Cottontail (Inverse), 2019

10 x 14 in acrylic on wood $175

Good Girl Laika, 2019

Good Girl Laika, 2019

11 x 14 in Mixed media on cardboard Framed $100

Spotted Skunk, 2018

Spotted Skunk, 2018

8 x 12 in Acrylic on wood SOLD

Bobcat, 2022

Bobcat, 2022

8 x 11 in ink on paper, framed $100

Black Bear, 2019

Black Bear, 2019

11 x 16 in Acrylic on wood SOLD

Cactus Mouse, 2017

Cactus Mouse, 2017

15 x 18 in Acrylic on wood $300

Javelina, 2019

Javelina, 2019

8 x 11 in Mixed media on cardboard Framed $100

Wild Burro, 2018

Wild Burro, 2018

8 x 12 in Acrylic on wood SOLD

Big Brown Bat, 2018

Big Brown Bat, 2018

8 x 12 in Acrylic on wood SOLD

Wood Rat, 2018

Wood Rat, 2018

8 x 12 in Acrylic on wood $125

Cottontail, 2019

Cottontail, 2019

11 x 16 in Acrylic on metal SOLD

Coyote Inverse, 2019

Coyote Inverse, 2019

8 x 12 in Acrylic on wood SOLD

Red-Tailed Hawk, 2019

Red-Tailed Hawk, 2019

8 x 11 in Mixed media on cardboard SOLD

Desert Tortoise, 2019

Desert Tortoise, 2019

5 x 6 in Acrylic on metal SOLD

Desert Bighorn, 2019

Desert Bighorn, 2019

5 x 7 in Acrylic on wood SOLD

Rosy Boa, 2018

Rosy Boa, 2018

8 x 12 in Acrylic on wood SOLD

Desert Iguana, 2018

Desert Iguana, 2018

8 x 12 in Acrylic on wood SOLD

Black-tailed Hawk, 2019

Black-tailed Hawk, 2019

8 x 12 in Acrylic on wood SOLD

Bobcat, 2017

Bobcat, 2017

14 x 17 in Acrylic on wood SOLD