About the Poems into Paintings Project 

My poetry often originates from visual cues in nature. Long after I've written the words, the visual images remain in my memory. Experimenting with mixed media, and then moving into acrylics, I began to realize my writing through painting. As I proceeded with this effort, I felt a newfound ignition to create, and to translate what I consider my key works into visual representations.

 

Here, you'll find paintings that were inspired by some of the poems in my book, Birds and Other Forms of Flight. While the components of each grouping can stand alone, it gives me a sense of completion to see them together, as one. I believe the unification of these different art forms also shows a process of translating the written into the visual, with the intention of inspiring my audience to join me in the journey.

Click on a painting to read the poem that inspired it.

Entreaty of the Birdwatcher

Entreaty of the Birdwatcher

Song of the Fish-Wife

Song of the Fish-Wife

Haze

Haze

Hitchhiking

Hitchhiking

Shoveling Snow at Night

Shoveling Snow at Night

Grandfather

Grandfather

The January Thaw

The January Thaw

The Man and the Swan

The Man and the Swan

The Choice

The Choice

Snow

Snow

in my dark

in my dark

Brutal

Brutal

I call your name...

I call your name...

To the Lifeguard

To the Lifeguard

Spooning

Spooning

Unsteady Heart

Unsteady Heart

After That Spring

After That Spring

you

you

Some Sort of Sorrow

Some Sort of Sorrow