Recently New Mexico, where I live and work, has been experiencing the worst fires in history. Strangely for me, these paintings of fire came through me a few weeks in advance of the first outbreak. They are expanding into a series called “CIVILIZATION”. The images of grasses are related to the fire images in that they also reveal something about climate change, but in a more subtle way. DAWN OF CREATION, which is part of an ongoing series of botanical paintings, was my response to the long period of isolation which began with the Covid pandemic.