“Twisted Roots” John Hoyt and Thatcher Bohrman June 15 – July 14

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Please join John and Thatcher for 4th Friday Art Walk reception June 23rd 5:00- 8:00 PM

John W. Hoyt- Hand Carved Burl Wood Sculpture  ” My Burl Art creations emerge from dead and down wood, collected from the forests near Prescott Az. Burls yield a very peculiar and highly figured wood, prized for its beauty and rarity.  I search for wood disfigured by decomposition: fallen trees rotting in the woods, covered by moss and dirt, often eaten by insects; these have a special character, color and depth. I find inspiration working with the irregular shapes and unknown interiors of the burls.  Carving and polishing reveals intricate patterns and unexpected beauty and an organic natural edge reminds us the soul of the tree.  Each piece is  hand carved, with a hand-rubbed oil finish, giving them a warm, velvet appearance”.

Thatcher Bohrman- Poetically Powerful Paintings of Practically Perfect People a.k.a Portraits of Mr. Bohrman’s family ties.”Creativity is a way of living and being in the world, where possibilities are opening, always available. Making the creative choices is not easy, but it’s either open or close, and opening is moving toward the source of life, and the other is….

Painting opens me up.

I don’t have a style that I have been able to name, except that they look fairly ‘painterly’. That’s a way of saying you can see the brushstroke, the hand of the artist, that it’s more than simply the accurate representation of something that matters. Something is expressed by the movement, frozen in the evidence of the paint’s application, that moves some people to wonder. That wonder is the gateway to experiencing the artwork.

I paint standing up, and my whole body is involved (at least when it’s working). My breath is like that of someone crossing a tight wire, used to move forward and keep balance, reacting to the moment like life depends on it. A whistling sound happens.

I been painting my whole life but I don’t have much professional experience to show for it. Luckily, there is still time.