2019 More Circles than Squares art project is a continuation of my 2016 Fire and Rain art project. I was inspired to paint "The Crumpling Umbrella" after a rain wind storm by the Alberta Legislature had caused an elderly woman's umbrella to collapse. #Yeg #Ableg #Storm #Rain.
The Crumpling Umbrella employs the colours of the medicine wheel representing the 4 directions and the colours of races of mankind. The two crows or ravens shrouded in circles of fire and rain can be symbols of magic and mysteries that exist in our lives.
"Err on the side of caution when you're dealing with the future unknown."
- River Valley Joe, The Fire and Rain art project 2016
2018-12-14: It’s not something you’d expect to hear in December, but a wildfire is burning out of control in the western Alberta foothills, south of Edson and Hinton. Alberta Wildfire said the blaze broke out Friday afternoon in an area that has seen little snowfall so far this winter. High winds of more than 100 km/h have fanned the flames. Global News
2019 More Circles than Squares art project will focus my camera and canvases onto environmental issues in Alberta and Western Canada, adding to the 2016 Fire and Rain project that focused on the wildfires and rains in Alberta. I'll bring this project out into the public square to inspire dialog and publish news stories. 2016 Fire and Rain art project
"Art is made for people to react. Having a position means what you are doing is needed and it is creating change. In the long term a lot of people are going to appreciate it." -Venezuelan woman, Alberta Legislature art show 2017.
"Mother Earth is ready to cleanse. The natural shape is a circle, our cells are a circle, stars are a circle, the sun, the moon, the earth. The mothers womb is a circle. I don't believe we should be living in these squares." - Chief No Tribe 2016