I talk about one of my paintings at Art!Vancouver 2017: Modern Art and Petroglyphs, my techniques and approach to creating layers and using symbolism. Visit my website Modern Cave Paintings to see my newest work.
Ancient symbols etched onto the sides of boulders lying along the western edge of a desiccated lake in Nevada are the oldest confirmed rock carvings in North America — possibly dating back to the first peopling of the New World, scientists say. The so-called petroglyphs, carved in soft limestone millennia ago, range from simple lines, […]
Teyjah describes human figures petroglyph in Boca Negra Canyon.
The incredibly hot, arid air surrounded the abandoned kivas and structures. There was an eerie silence yet you could almost sense the presence of the ancients. It was a bright, sunny day at Chaco Canyon when my best friend and I decided to hike above the complex. We slid in between a very tight cliff […]
Just finished reading about how one man’s efforts is helping preserve a wondrous rock art site in Australia named “The Quinkans”. “The Quinkans” are located near Laura, a small town four hours away from Cairns. The site is being threatened by mining companies hungry for minerals. The Aboriginal people of Cape York Peninsula occupied this […]
One of the most interesting artistic processes for me to do is to work intuitively. Recreating the look and feel of a petroglyphic cave wall is very liberating and fun for me. “Automatism”, the performance of actions without conscious thought or intention, is how I like to proceed in this circumstance. This recognized Surrealist style […]
Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park in Alberta has the highest density of rock art in the plains of North America. It contains more than 280 panels in 93 sites. Archaeologists estimate that the oldest iconography is around 3,000 years old. A few panels are thought to present real events while other motifs present the Blackfoot artists vision […]
Just had a phone call from the owner of one of my galleries. The conversation ran like this. “I had a woman come in who was very interested in one of your pieces but your painting was too small and she needs to coordinate it with a brocade fabric she brought in. Can you do […]
It’s difficult to stand in front of a rock art panel and not wonder what type of individuals took the time and effort to put the rock art in either easily accessible or highly difficult places to reach. Were the petroglyphs and pictograms an expression of an individual? A group? An artist or artisan? A […]
I am interested in symbols, rock art, and cave petroglyphs; this was was sparked upon travels in the American Southwest. Exploring Chaco Canyon, Bandelier, Mesa Verde, and Canyon de Chelly, I was struck by the solitude and mystery of these places. In this video I talk about the reasons I paint petroglyphs. Behind me is […]