Lisa Danielle | Arizona

“Wickenburg was one of the first places to catch my eye while en route to somewhere else – a major traffic jam turned out to be the whole town celebrating Gold Rush Days. Not much else to do but stay and watch a highlight of the trip! Thirty-eight years later, I live up the road in Sedona.

“The circle of continuity is what my paintings are about. With my hands, some pigment, and a few tools, I depict what others have crafted by hand a century or a millennium ago. I sometimes incorporate their cave paintings or rock art or vintage photographs into my backgrounds as the backdrop of their life’s work, each art genre evolving and building on what came before, even as I do.

“Their fingerprint in clay, or in the polish on a saddle, or in the tarnish on silver, is echoed by mine, smudging a shadow to soften its edge, adding texture to better portray a clay vessel or a rusty spur rowel.  And always with the hope that the viewer will look past my hands to see those hands that came before and feel that full circle of beautiful connection.”

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