I'm excited to begin my second painting in this Alzheimer's series. The first one, "The Early Stage" is close to being finished and I will post that one when I have it completed.
These photos and paintings of mine are meant to represent and bring a better understanding of what is happening in the brain of an Alzheimer's patient. The brain has 100 billion nerve cells (neurons). Each nerve cell connects with many others to form communication networks. Groups of nerve cells have special jobs. Some are involved in thinking, learning and remembering. Others help us see, hear and smell. It's the destruction and death of nerve cells that causes memory failure, personality changes, problems carrying out daily activities and other symptoms of Alzheimer's disease.
I'm using this photo of mine as reference for my second painting "The Middle Stage." This leaf which was once green and healthy has changed color and its fibers have begun to break down. It's interesting to me that just as this happens in the life span of nature such as this leaf, it can also happen to us.
I'm hoping by next spring I will have enough paintings and photos available to raise money for research to help fight this disease. If you know of a venue to host this cause, please email me with information.
My art often begins with a single photograph, a reflection of my eye—an eye that is deeply attracted to the texture, pattern, and shape found in nature. Whether it is the intricate pattern on the bark of a tree, the gentle curve of a woman’s breast, or the smooth, shiny shapes of pebbles along the shores of Lake Superior, I seek to display the wonder of creation in its purest form.
From a single photograph, a single vision or impression, my art charts its own course. From photograph to canvas to sculpture, my hands become dirty, my fingernails caked with the mediums of art, and my heart becomes filled with joy as each piece blossoms, quite organically, into what it was meant to be.
I hope to help those who view my art to feel connected to nature. Perhaps it is not always obvious. But, quite possibly, the viewer will see in a new way and will feel a new appreciation for the organic elements around us.