I looked up Websters definition of “creation.” I found several meanings, and for this blog I decided to focus on the first one. This is what I found.

1 : the act of CREATING; especially : the act of bringing the world into ordered existence

It’s been 4 months since the wildfires ignited and wreaked havoc thru Sonoma county. In case you didn’t know, like many others we lost our home and possessions, which included a newly renovated art studio. Since then we were very fortunate to find a local rental to move into, thanks to my brother Seann noticing and alerting us to a vacant rental house in his neighborhood. Not to mention he called us in the middle of the night, and woke us up 20 minutes before the Tubbs fire engulfed our home in Coffey park. Otherwise this blog may not be happening.

Since that fateful October night, my partner and I have spent some time healing, reflecting, and dealing with the insurance process, while creating plans to rebuild a newly designed home, and art studio. My other sibling, Bard, who happens to be a contractor, and a draftsman has been creating the blueprint for the project. You really do get present to how fortunate you are, having loved ones around you before and after a disaster.

I have also been able to find an awesome new artist community and art studio over at Fulton Crossing in Santa Rosa. I’m currently in a small studio, and will be moving to a larger space in the coming weeks that is on the other side of the complex. I came here with some hesitation, and can now see that this is a good fit. I’ll send out an invite once I get settled and have some work in progress.

Regarding work, I recently finished two commissioned paintings for a couple in Sonoma, and currently I am working on some smaller works for Terra Firma Gallery and a larger piece that is inspired from the charred ash and debris that was our home.

Right now, for me this is how I am bringing the world into ordered existence.

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7 thoughts on “Creation”

  1. Chris,

    So glad to read that you’re moving forward.
    We’ve been to the Fulton Crossing space — lots of artists. And it seems like a good community. I trust you’ll find a productive (if temporary) home there.
    We stop in to Terra Firma periodically to check things out. We’ll look for your new work.

    Take good care,

    George and Art

  2. Hello Chris! So happy to see your blog post as a sign that life is finally becoming centered again. I have to say this is probably my favorite piece ever! ( other than the one I have hanging in my home!) I love the balance of color and images that bring a feeling of familiarity while also inviting intrigue to the piece. So happy for you and your family. A life experience such as you and your family has been through no doubt shapes the values of your life in ways others can’t even imagine. May God continue to richly bless you and yours.

  3. Hi Chris,
    I am heartened to read about how much support and how your family is watching out for you and sustaining you. Just like you would do for them. I appreciate that you share your experience with us.

  4. Chris, I am so glad you found a new creative space. I am also excited to see how your work will grow and expand after these experiences. Sending lots of strength and love to you and the entire family.

  5. Chris, what wonderful news to hear of the ways that you have been blessed and protected during these four months. You have so much creativity, beauty and design to offer.
    Wishing you and yours continued healing.
    Jill Keller Peters

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