A pinecone from the jack pine is a curious specimen. It can remain dormant on the tree’s branches for decades. There it waits for cataclysm to strike in the form of a forest fire. The resin-coated cones can withstand intense heat, which only melts the outer layer of the pinecone and releases the stubborn seeds from within. Later, they tumble to the ground and life begins anew.
For New Mexico painter Michael Scott, there is beauty in this relationship between fire and nature, one that he is exploring at great depth within an ongoing series of work titled Preternatural, a name that he borrows from 13th-century philosopher Thomas Aquinas—“Suspended between the mundane and the miraculous, it is that which appears outside or beside the natural,” Aquinas wrote. “Fire is attached psychologically to the human spirit.
It can be respite. It can be a meditation or a dream in front of the fire in the kiva. It can be a pondering of life. The same kind of fire that destroys also replenishes,” Scott says from his Santa Fe studio. He recalls a trip he took to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, where he witnessed fire ravage the land. “It wasn’t blazing but it was quite intense. It was intense enough that I couldn’t leave the Grand Canyon once I was there. That trip really impacted a number of my early fire paintings. But I don’t want people to view this series as one of destruction. There is a spiritual component, especially with how nature heals itself and makes itself healthier.”
Continue reading your story on the app
Continue reading your story in the magazine
Arden Gallery is looking to 2021 with hope and positivity with their January group show Floral Still Life, signifying unity and rebirth.
The World We Share
As 2021 arrives, RJD Gallery curated an exhibition that helps define inner feelings and the current times. The show, titled The World We Share, will feature artwork from artists such as Geoffrey Laurence, Julia Chen, Matt R. Martin, Salvatore Alessi, Margaret Bowland and Frank Oriti.
CINDY RIZZA - Recorded History
A pile of lovingly made and lovingly used quilts and afghans on a chair in the afternoon sun is a comforting sight. It might inspire remembrance of things past or the idea of curling up underneath one of them for a nap.
Scottsdale & VICINITY
While other states in the country prepare for their cold, winter months, Arizona comes alive with its dynamic, diverse art scene. It’s not all tumbleweeds and dusty earth but rather a burgeoning art destination from the small northern towns of Flagstaff, Prescott and Sedona, to the larger cities of Phoenix, Tucson and Scottsdale.
Garvey|Simon in New York is a private dealer and art advisory service in New York. In 2016, it’s co-founder Elizabeth K. Garvey devised an innovative Review Program “to open a dialogue between artists and galleries, a practice that has long been anathema to gallery orthodoxy.”
MOMENTS IN TIME
COLLECTOR'S FOCUS STILL LIFES
Using the elements as his guide, Michael Scott examines the changing landscape in two exhibitions.
Engaging with the Arts
The 31st annual Celebration of Fine Art returns January 16 in Scottsdale, Arizona.
BETSY EBY Mystics
The American Quaker John Greenleaf Whittier wrote a poem about the Vedic practice of consuming a hallucinogenic drink in rituals. As a Quaker he advocated, rather, waiting for “the still small voice of calm.”
Learning to Fly, by Spanish sculptors Coderch & Malavia, depicts a boy leaning forward, poised on tiptoe, confident that his dream of flying will be realized by his wings of corrugated cardboard, bamboo and rope that will carry him above the trees and the sea.
This Sonoran Desert city is hot in more ways than one, a destination that mixes business and pleasure in a special way
BASSIST Of The YEAR
Meet Danny Sapko, voted by you as Bassist Of The Year 2020!
Scott Wiener Is California's ‘YIMBY' State Senator
IN NOVEMBER, VOTERS in San Francisco reelected California Sen. Scott Wiener, a Democrat, over his opponent, democratic socialist Jackie Fielder.
E3 The $500 Billion Bias Problem
How an unfair property-tax system blocks the building of Black wealth
Scott's MID-LIFE MAKEOVER!
AFTER HIS SPLIT FROM 22-YEAR-OLD SOFIA RICHIE, SCOTT DISICK GOES INSTA OFFICIAL WITH HIS NEW MODEL — AND A NEW ’DO.
NCIS SPINOFF STABBED IN THE BAK-ULA!
Mark Harmon’s crime franchise didn’t have room for TWO hunks
STEPHEN KING AND J.J. ABRAMS WORK ON LISEY'S STORY FOR APPLE TV+
When you combine the creative genius of probably the best horror writer of the modern area and one of the best and most respected producers of our era, you are probably going to get a product that is going to be a masterpiece in its own right.
KOURTNEY'S BARKING UP WRONG TREE WITH HEARTBREAKER TRAVIS
LOVESTRUCK Kourtney Kardashian is playing with fire by hooking up with combustible musician Travis Barker, warned pals, who said baby daddy Scott Disick is leading the parade of naysayers!
William Henry Jackson's West
The great photographer influenced the Western preservation movement and the creation of Yellowstone National Park in 1872.
A Shipping Guru Chases The Middle Mile
After spending years building Amazon’s delivery operations, Scott Ruffin is creating one to offer to its competitors