FINE ART COLLECTION of paintings
A comprehensive fine arts collection of landscapes, seascapes, florals, elemental art and abstract art will be coming soon. Until then, I would first like to introduce you to a project that spawned my interest and love of creating abstract and visual art. This collection was done as a collaboration with a musician in 2020 during the global pandemic. It is called IN AND OUT OF FOCUS by Barry Chabala and I. It is a full length recorded album of experimental improvisational guitar, electronics and voice set to visual artwork as a trance-like journey similar to active meditation. This album of improvised music was born out of a mutual appreciation and admiration of each others respective art forms. As an experimental sound artist, Barry performed original tracks while I intuitively created visual artworks from those tracks. In return Barry interpreted some of the art as visual scores. This serendipitous volleying of creativity resulted in a playful discovery and exploration of the soul's breadth. We hope you enjoy it. The original artwork made of pure pigment pastels is available in the store as well as reproductions in canvas wraps, embellished giclee prints and hand made fridge magnets! Take a look
A few additional words from Barry Chabala:
What a wonderful time this was. Funny to be saying that about this particular time, as it occurred during the pandemic of 2020, the time when we were all on lockdown. But... being locked down and isolated from the people we’re usually in contact with lead to very interesting connections. Meeting Ann Coman was maybe the most rewarding. Finding out she was a fan of the type of music I create was very cool (it’s pretty rare!). Well, one thing lead to another, as things often do, and we began trading ideas and pieces of art – Ann’s wonderful pastels, my improvisations – and things started to take shape. Ann had taken improvisations I recorded and painted to them. She’d say ‘here, this is ‘breathe correctly’ and, well, it was! She also painted some pieces that didn’t have music attached yet and I took them and treated them as graphic scores. As an improvisor I’ve always been drawn to graphic scores and have done several recordings in my career that used them. Be it a photograph, a painting or lines and shapes on the traditional music staff. I am intrigued by the ability of a seemingly random, abstract image’s ability to draw me in and lead me to create music. And working this way, over the course of most of the year, we created this album. The wonderful packaging, of course created by Ann, is a work of art in itself. Wonderfully textured cover art, an eight page booklet that shows off the eight music pieces, and even the CD itself, which looks like a vinyl record! So, there you have it - eight pieces of art with music or music with art- however you want to think about it. I hope you enjoy it, I think its some of my best work to date.
A few additional words from me:
My extensive studies in Eastern philosophy both as a healing artist and fine artist, allow me to view all things through the lens of yin and yang. This collaboration of art and sound was no exception. Together two equal but opposite halves make a whole, where one can not exist without the other. With this ancient principle in mind, the project became an exploration of what happens when art and music collide.
Push/Pull Light/Dark Warm /Cold High/Low Hard /Soft Happy/Sad In /Out
Conceptually "In and Out of Focus" was born in that moment. The artwork collection and album were generated through the 2020 pandemic! The most challenging time we have seen globally in over century and therefore I drew upon the I Ching (Book Of Changes) for further inspiration. "The situation is incomplete, but the chaos of the past is giving way to order – the goal is in sight." This translation of Hexagram 64 rang true throughout the crisis, this project and life in general. I used my intuitive artistic skills to drop down into a meditative state and let it flow listening to Barry play...and play...and play. His work is soulful, creative, serendipitous and at times quite serene with bumps of energy sprinkled throughout. So what we have now is a result of that. It truly is the exploration of the depth of one’s soul illustrated to beautiful music. How vast and expansive it can be no matter the circumstances. Never asking ‘how are you today’ but always asking ‘who are you today.’ This was truly an extraordinary experience.